single wedding ring quilt

Hi everybody! I'm back today, blog hopping with Fat Quarter Shop and their new Single Wedding Ring pattern!

When I first started quilting, I fell in love with traditional and vintage quilt blocks. My style has evolved over the years, but my heart will always belong to those classic block designs. The Single Wedding Ring pattern is one of my favorites.

In fact, I like this block so much that I purchased a vintage Single Wedding Ring quilt in Newport, RI many years ago. I loved the happy 1930's feedsack prints and the lilac sashing. But sadly, I didn't realize that it wasn't in very good condition (I was too new to quilting, and I was blinded by the fact that it was a vintage quilt!) and it didn't survive. Actually, none of the dry cleaners in my neighborhood would clean it, and it fell apart when I washed it, revealing a blanket used as batting. And so, now I've recreated that quilt, in modern-vintage fabrics by Pam Kitty Morning.

I started with Pam Kitty Garden fat quarters in the Aster colorway. Then I added assorted white backgrounds, also from the Pam Kitty Garden collection. Next, it was time to make half-square-triangles. Each block needs 16 HSTs, and I chose to make the lap quilt with 12 blocks. That's 192 HSTs, a nice, manageable number. I trimmed a few each night as I cooked dinner.

They're cute, right? Like candy.  And then there's just a simple assembly and you get the block!

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Now make as many blocks as you'd like, and add simple sashing and a matching border.

The Single Wedding Ring block measures 13" square (12 1/2" finished). The block pattern is a FREE download and is available here. If you'd like yardage and instructions to make a quilt in a variety of sizes, there is a low-cost, downloadable pattern available here. Kimberly Jolly has a fun tutorial video on YouTube, and she demonstrates an alternate way to construct the HSTs. You can watch it here. (I made my HSTs using the method shown on the pattern.) Make the Single Wedding Ring quilt as a gift for a newlywed couple, in fabrics to match their décor. Or make it for yourself JUST BECAUSE!  There's also a beautiful kit using the new Whitewashed Cottage fabric by 3 Sisters for Moda, perfect for those of you who love romantic, cottage-y quilts (I myself have been known to stalk the Shabby Chic store in SoHo, and one day I will make a pale quilt for myself!)

If you make the quilt using a fat quarter bundle like I did, you will have PLENTY of leftover fabric for other projects. Add that fabric to your stash to make more scrappy vintagey quilts. You all know how much I like making bright, happy, controlled scrappy quilts. And look how nicely this Single Wedding Ring coordinates with some other recent finishes!

Thanks for visiting, and have fun making your very own Single Wedding Ring block!