01 August 2013

DWR - a new trend is coming on!

Double Edged Love by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Early this year, at the inaugural QuiltCon event, Victoria Findlay Wolfe won Best in Show for her quilt, Double Edged Love, a modern interpretation of the traditional Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Then in June this year, at the annual Quilters Guild of NSW (Australia) quilt show, Rings and Roses by Janet Treen won Best of Show. Janet’s quilt is very traditional.

Rings and Roses by Janet Treen

Inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s quilt, and following on from the success of the EZ Dresden Plate Challenge last year, the NYC MOD Quilt Guild have recently announced the 2013 Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge.

They partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity, Interweave and Juki to challenge quilters all over the world to use Double Wedding Ring templates or patterns to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from numerous sponsors!

Don’t be afraid of the Double Wedding Ring! Google Double Wedding Ring Images and you will see lots of ideas, or look up photos on Flickr or Pinterest. To get your creative juices flowing, The Quilt Alliance (one of the generous sponsors) has put together a PINTEREST page with examples of Double Wedding Ring quilts included in their Quilt Index.

There are three categories that you can enter and you can enter up to three quilts – one in each category, but the projects must have been started this year – (I suppose that means I can’t enter the one I began in the early 80s based on Mary Ellen Hopkins' machine pieced method?)

SMALL: ONE RING! Easy! size: under 20in or smaller.
This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!  

4 rings or larger 

Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category, must have three layers and bound.

MODERN:  4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES!  
How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth? Possibilities are ENDLESS!  No rules other than it must have three layers and bound.

You don’t need to use EZ Double Wedding Ring Templates to enter this challenge. Check out this video to see how to use the EZ Double Wedding Ring Templates.

The judges are Darlene Zimmerman (EZ quilting), Vivika DeNegre (Interweave), Lisa Mason (president of NYC MOD), Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Quiltcon Winner, with Double Edged Love) and Elisa Albury (former editor of Quilters World).
There are amazing sponsors who have donated FANTASTIC prizes! See the website to see what you could win. Check out all the details over at NYC MOD Quilt Guild blog.

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