Backwards Friday: Wedding Ring

What does Backwards Friday mean?

It means I am going backwards in time to play with quilt blocks of times gone by.

Each Friday, I will introduce a new block from some of the old magazines that I have laying around. I have a few hundred of them, so it will be fun to find new blocks for each Friday.

I will research the block. I will write it up, the best way I know, using “modern” methods. Then, I will post the block here for y’all to play with. If you make it, please let me know. You can share pictures on my Facebook wall if you are unable to do so here.

  • Block: Wedding Ring
  • From: The Quilter’s Newsletter
  • Issue Date: May 1974
  • Description: Popular Patterns for Quilts and Quilting by Helen Kaufman. The material on this page is reprinted from the Bureau Farmer, February 1930. Wedding Ring Quilt: Block, 10″ square. The blocks may be all of the same material or of different materials, as desired.

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Has anyone ever made a wedding ring quilt? I haven’t even attempted it yet. Mostly because I was terrified of doing circular blocks. I have a hard enough time making sure all my HSTs and whatnot line up on a normal block – adding a circle would kill me! I was looking through my magazines and trying to come up with a good block for this Friday when I stumbled on the 1930s version of the Wedding Ring block. Who would have thought?

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The original is 10″ square. I merely up-sized it to 15″ square as there was no clear way to take it to 12″ square. It is quite simple and straight forward, using only HSTs and solid blocks to create.

After doing the math, I came up with the following fabric needs for the 15″ square:

  • Color 1 (Purple in my picture): (8) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (6) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (for HSTs, creates 12)
  • Color 2 (White & Pink in my picture): (5) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (6) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (for HSTs, creates 12)

If you wish to do the smaller 10″ version, the following is the fabric needs:

  • Color 1 (Purple in my picture): (8) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and (6) 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (for HSTs, creates 12)
  • Color 2 (White & Pink in my picture): (5) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and (6) 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (for HSTs, creates 12)

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Ok, so we have our fabric cut out nice and pretty. Now to assemble.

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As always, I start with my HSTs. I draw a line, sew and chop them into separate units. Please ignore the dirty fingers. I have been repairing too many of the neighborhood bikes this week. I’m getting a reputation of the mom that can fix any part of a bike!

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When you are done with the HSTs, lay out your blocks and start sewing. There’s 5 rows of 5 pieces each. Not hard and takes almost no time at all. A quick and easy layout and sew.

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A different take on the Wedding Ring block. So much easier than the circle ones, don’t you think? In fact, I had so much fun, I made up a few more. I wanted to see what they would look like, if linked together.

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I can see an entire quilt made this way and looking quite snazzy. I did some research on different types of Wedding Ring blocks and the following links are the ones that I found:

The Double Wedding Ring

Golden Wedding Ring

Wedding Rings 2

Single Rings – This one looks very similar but has a different name.

The Wishing Ring

Fancy Stripes

Those are just a few that I have found. I’m quite sure there are a lot of different blocks that are “Wedding Ring.” This one happens to be one that I know I could do! How about you?

P.S., A picture my son drew out while I was playing with drawing out my blocks:

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I think he likes the Log Cabin Block, don’t you?

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