Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Metro Rings!

It's been a busy spring!
But right to it, eh!
Our oldest son is getting married in June and I wanted to make the lovely couple a quilt.
They chose the Double Wedding Ring pattern.
This is Jenny Pedigo's fresh, fabulous and fun pattern for this traditional favorite.
It requires a special ruler she designed, the Quick Curve Ruler.
Which got laid on my sewing chair during cutting and then sat on...promptly snapping 3 & 1/2" from the bottom.  Crushed!  At first.  I was having difficulty adapting to getting my rotary cutter in the curve for cutting.  It felt very awkward and I was not liking it at all.
Well.  I don't have that problem anymore after the "snap".  It broke in just the right spot taking the top with it...leaving the curve cutting guide open.
I chose a Kaffe Fassett collection for the rings and went to work piecing the "arcs" in greens and blues.
The pattern calls for forty-eight green "arcs" and the same number of blue ones.  I can't help but think of melons.
Here are two of the "arcs" with the background fabric I finally settled on.  Originally, I had picked out a dark, charcoal, Kona gray...it made the colors really pop! but it was dark and heavy.
I found this aqua polka dot at Joann's and fell in love.  The couple will be going to Sanibel Island in Florida for their honeymoon, and I wanted something very tropical to help keep the memories they make there alive on the bleakest of our Indiana winter days!
Saturday, I started sewing the setting blocks on and yesterday began squaring them up.
"Inside giggles and smiles"
I want to keep this quilt for myself!
Over at ginabean quilts you can see a gorgeous Metro Rings also using a polka dot for the background...excited and inspired by the way this one turned out!
Some huge finishes at our house.
Congratulations to our son Jon for graduating with honors from Ball State University!  So proud of all he has accomplished and thankful he graduated debt free in four years!  He held down part time jobs and one of them had partial tuition reimbursement.  He'll be continuing his studies in Accounting in grad school.  I'm so excited as the wedding gets closer for him and his sweetheart! 
And this cutie pie is graduating this weekend!  Six years of homeschooling finished.  One semester of college classes already under his belt when he starts Ball State in the fall.  We were so excited when after six months of searching for a part time job...in a college town...in a tough teen job market...Chris landed a job at a local farm supply store.  He started out as a loader and was asked by a department head to come work for him in his department.  His career path will lead to him helping rehabilitate returning veterans.
And Ben.  Who is also homeschooled and is really only an 8th grader, but finishing up most of his 9th grade year with some of his 10th grade classes already on his transcript.  We're transitioning to just the two of us at home now with big brothers flying the nest.  He is a smart and caring kid who is always looking for fun and ways to help.
God is good!
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Happy sewing!



  1. I love the colors you've chosen for the metro rings! I'm making one too and I can't wait to finish it.

  2. This is going to be just gorgeous! I can see why you want to keep it already :) Love the KF fabrics ... and it's simply amazing how the dotty background is so perfectly unexpected!! Fantastic choice!

  3. I love the polka dot background. The quilt will be stunning (and a good reminder of a tropical honeymoon.)

  4. What a happy and heart-tugging post ! So many changes, but blessings all around.

    I don't blame you for wanting to keep this quilt, but that's always a good sign that you'll please the recipients ! It is looking GORGEOUS !

  5. Absolutely love your wedding ring fabric choices- and how fortuitous that you broke the rule in a helpful way!

  6. Looks great! I want to try using this CC ruler but I am feeling a bit chicken about it.

  7. So, so happy for all the wonderful news re your sons. You must be walking on air and proud as punch at their achievements and attitude to life. Well done!! Now....as for your wedding quilt...oh my....'tis truly gorgeous. You have excelled!! What a lucky couple to have such a splendid quilt as a wedding present. I'm with you....I don't think I would be able to part with this beauty. 'Tis perfect in every way!!

  8. Love blue and green together and your quilt is going to be just gorgeous! Such a lovely gift - they will be thrilled.


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