Putting the Rings Together

Sewing the Rings together
Sewing the Rings together

I have started to put the quilt together. This one I have to put together in rows despite preferring the chunking method as I am not as familiar with the construction.

I did have a little trouble cutting the edge pieces, but I think it will work out.

I am leaving the corners round. Why not? I think it will look nice. It will also be very easy to bind.

More New Rings

Put a Ring On it Block 7
Put a Ring On it Block 7

While I didn’t achieve my goal of having all the Put a Ring on It rings done before the weekend, I did make more rings.

One problem was cutting. I didn’t have all the arcs cut, but that was a good thing to do while I listened to the meeting.  I made good progress at cutting and have about half a block left to cut to finish 9 blocks.

Put a Ring On it Block 8
Put a Ring On it Block 8

As a result of cutting during the meeting, I was able to make good progress Saturday after the meeting and Sunday.

I am, however, running out of design wall space. Scrap Dash is taking up almost every inch of space on my large design wall and my random and various other projects are taking up a lot of space on my small design wall. Now, the leftover significant portion of space is filled with Put a Ring on It rings.

Put a Ring On it Block 6
Put a Ring On it Block 6

One issue I am having is that I keep thinking how I want to change this project and what I don’t know about the tools to do it. I think I would like skinnier arcs better. I know that means smaller cornerstones, but what else does it mean? Would I have to change the size of the center? Probably.

New Rings

I made some more rings from Saturday’s class and the Put a Ring On It pattern on Sunday and during the week.

I was trying some hide and seek type effects with the ring on the left, but I won’t be repeating that. I am not taking it out and it will blend in fine with the other rings.

They don’t look that great (or terrible) on their own, but together they look a lot more interesting. Still, I am making some progress.

Friend Julie wrote a great post about the class.

Latifah Saafir Class

Put a Ring On It Pattern
Put a Ring On It Pattern

Even though I can teach a vast number of quiltmaking skills, I don’t know everything. The guild hosted Latifah Saafir on Saturday via Zoom to teach us her pattern, Put a Ring on It*.

This pattern uses two of Latifah’s Clammies, the 12 inch** and the 8 inch**. I was super pleased to receive these as gifts between my birthday and Christmas.

The pattern is fairly complete and pretty easy to follow. The class was worthwhile, because Latifah gave us tricks and tips and helped us troubleshoot. The Clammy tool and the pattern really make this, essentially a Double Wedding Ring, pattern accessible to almost anyone. Obviously, I wouldn’t suggest it as a first quilt or if you haven’t tried curves, but otherwise, you can do it.

Martha Negley Vegetables
Martha Negley Vegetables

We had to select fabrics and cut pieces before class. I used an older Martha Negley fabric for the background. The background isn’t very much of the quilt. I wanted something different after looking at all the various versions of this quilt plus other DWR versions online. I didn’t want to make the traditional light background. I also didn’t want to copy the version on the cover. I thought of text prints for the rings, but defaulted back to my Frolic! color scheme with a variety of red-violets and the dark blue.

Two Rings Finished
Two Rings Finished

During class I was able to finish two rings. I wasn’t pleased with the green I chose for the squares. That was one good thing about being at home. I was able to grab some other fabrics and switch them out. I’ll mix up the rings so the green doesn’t look like big green blobs in the center of the quilt.

I am making a 9 block (1 ring=1 block) quilt. It will be about 48 inches x 48 inches. I didn’t want to commit to something larger and even this number of blocks is feeling like too much. I am going to power through. If I can get a ring a day done this week, I can finish all the ‘blocks’ by the end of the week and be ready to put the quilt together at the weekend. I don’t want this to become a UFO. I want to get it down and ready for quilting.

What I really wanted out of this class was to learn to use the Clammy rulers. I think I have started on that process, but didn’t get very far. This class was all about the Put a Ring On It pattern and making that. Learning various Clammy techniques was not on the agenda. That was sad. I hope Latifah comes up with a Clammy Sampler class. I get the sense that this tool is an awesome method for making circles in quiltmaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*No affiliation. Both a PDF and print pattern are available. I got the printed pattern and really liked the format.

 

 

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