Friday, October 16, 2020

Double Wedding Ring Week: Day 5

Time to wrap things up for this Double Wedding Ring Week. I want to show you some small projects that use the simplified shapes in a different way. I also have an updated vintage pattern, Pumpkin Seeds. This also goes by the name of Orange Peel. I used the small melon cutaway from my template set to make this.

Pumpkin Seeds Quilt: 34" x 42"

This is very Charm Square friendly. The red melon shapes were cut from a stack of red charms (5" squares). I used several black and white prints for the backgrounds. This is NOT pieced (as was traditionally) but those red melons are appliquéd to the background squares!

Here is a pattern page from August 1, 1956. Yes, those are templates and you are expected to stitch those curves perfectly!

Here is one of the first quilts I made using my technique. I made it in 2002 and it was published in 2004 in Quilt magazine.

Orange Peel quilt, 2002

Another way to use that simple melon shape is in a small table topper. I made it twice: once, using 1930s reproduction fabrics and a second time using more modern prints.

Simple flower table topper

 The modern one was published in Modern Patchwork a few years ago. Notice the orange ric rac around the center circle! This is a bonus pattern that comes with my Modern Double Wedding Ring pattern.

Modern Melons Table Topper: 2016

I cut out a bunch of these same melon shapes using batik fabrics and used them to surround a large flower motif from Lake House fabrics (about 15 years ago!) I added the Sunburst borders a few months ago. What a sassy little quilt, right?!

Sassy Little Sunburst Quilt

I upsized the two shapes in 2013 and combined them as shown below. I left them in a box a few years and then decided to appliqué them to those Kaffe Fassett background fabrics. Quite a hot looking table runner! I've never had the courage to use it with company. Maybe one of my kids would like it!

Here is what I was playing with back in 2007 with the Mambo fabric collection by Windham. This is a bit psycho, so if you have a cup of coffee or tea in your hand, put it down NOW! I called it Heat Waves (probably because I was having hot flashes at the time).

Heat Waves

I created this wall banner using the two shapes.

And one last child's quilt (since donated to a local charity that my guild sews for). I used just the larger shape and didn't complete the full circles; I left off a melon in each corner. This was a class sample.

OK. I've got to be done. This was quite a show and I hope you enjoyed seeing all the possibilities inspired by the Double Wedding Ring. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love the child quilt pictured above. I used the Double Wedding Ring to make place mats for people in son's wedding. I embroidered the bride/groom's name and date in center.

  2. Hi Debby! I love, love, LOVE the batik version of Orange Peel. It is just gorgeous and the sunburst border really put it over the top on the great side. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I have enjoyed this series! Thank you.

  4. I really like the Child's Quit and the Sassy Little Sunburst Quilt.

  5. I did! I want to go back and look at them all again, and I want to make them all. Chance would be a fine thing. =) Thanks for sharing, Debby!


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