There are many ways to set a double wedding ring block. Before starting, plan whether your quilt will have a scalloped edge, scalloped edge with corners, a squared edge, and whether the intersecting squares will sit on point. Other variables are the color scheme, and solid or pieced arcs. A color sample drawing is very helpful as a designing tool. Always make one sample block from your chosen fabrics to see how the chosen fabrics look together.
*When pressing, use an up and down motion with the iron instead of back and forth to avoid distorting the patches.
- Sew the arc sections together. Press seams all in the same direction. If you are using the solid arc piece, skip this step and breeze on to step 2.
- Divide your arc sections into two piles. Sew each of the arc sections in one of the piles to a melon piece. It is easier to sew with the melon piece on top. Fold the melon piece in half to find the center point and match to the center point of the arc section. Press the seam toward the arc.
- Sew corner pieces onto each end of the remaining pile of arc sections. Press towards the arc section.
- Now sew each of the sections from step 2 to each of the sections completed in step 3. Press seams toward the arc section.
- Find the mid points of the center piece by folding it in fourths and pressing. Sew a melon arc section to the center piece, matching the centers and leaving the 1/4" seam allowance open at both ends. It is easier to sew with the center piece on top.
- Sew on another melon arc section, so that you have a block that looks like a clamshell. Press the seams towards the arc sections.
- Piece the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together as shown. Fill in around the edges with melon arc sections as needed to complete the quilt. It helps to lay it out before sewing.
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