Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ring-a-Ding-Ding

I have no idea where I got this picture. All I know is that it's a very cool quilt. The pattern is a more complex version of Wedding Ring, sometimes called Indian Wedding Ring or Pickle Dish. But in any case, the quiltmaker did one dramatic thing that catches our attention: she didn't place her pieced blocks against white. Instead, she chose tobacco brown as the background and that gives the whole piece more warmth and interest than plain vanilla white.

Although I've shown it before, here's the very scrappy Wedding Ring quilt top that I own. The background, if you can even discern it, is floral feedsacks. You go, girl!

A favorite pattern of traditional quiltmakers in the 1920s and 30s, along with Grandmother's Flower Garden, Wedding Ring was the quilt pattern to make. While billed as a pattern to use scraps, in actuality, most Wedding Ring directions told you to purchase six yards of white for the background. In the lean years of the Depression, that was quite an expensive proposition. If you'd like the classic white+prints look, here's a link to a free Wedding Ring pattern from the McCall's quilt site: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/legacy/vintage02_pattern/index.html

2 comments:

sharon said...

Pepper, I just love the brown background on the first quilt. It gives it a totally different character. The scrappy wedding ring is exceptionally busy, isn't it? I'd find myself lying awake under it, trying to calm down!

Maggie R said...

Hi Pepper,
Gosh the double wedding ring is soooooo busy! I had to enlarge the picture to identify the pattern.I guess they used what they had or else no sense of what goes!! hee hee and you are right, Not a restful quilt.
Thanks for sharing.