Tuesday, August 30, 2016

circle of life

One of the hardest quilt patterns to make, the Double Wedding Ring, with all those curves. The pieces on this one were cut with scissors, every piece. Then the prints were put together to form the arcs, then the rings, easing in the curves so it would all fit. A slight variation in the 1/4" seam allowance would mean the circle would not be round, and multiply that by 30 circles or rings. It took someone with infinite patience and knowledge and love to construct this, someone like Two-Mama.

The fabrics, colors and patterns, separately all look (to me) like they would never go together, but they all blend perfectly, thanks to the artistic eye of the experienced quilter in our family.

The huge quilt (96 x 112) was a hoss to work on, thank goodness once again for Peg Hasbrouck (the quilt lady) for her beautiful quilting on this one, she works magic with her giant machine. 

I added very little to this project, calling myself the closer, just coordinating the finishing up process. The binding. The label. 

As always, it took me a while to come up with a label, so much to say, trying to make it special. I finally decided to look beyond the original pattern of double wedding ring and called it the Circle of Life, tying together the bond between Jenny and her great-grandmother and the fact that Jenny had just become a grandmother herself this month.

Another project out of storage, into the light and life of family members to enjoy.

Thank you so much Susan for the quilt. It means a lot to me to have a piece of Two-Mama's work of art she made so many years ago. The time she spent on each piece to make each of the double wedding rings. The time you spent on finishing the back and edges and the beautiful message on the back, and to the lady who did the intricate stitching that binds it together. A lot of love went into this and I will cherish it forever. ~Jenny

1 comment:

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a wonderful quilt. Great job.