Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Interlocking circles of patterned cotton – ten pieces in each segment, with pink and blue squares at intersections.Full description »
Interlocking circles of patterned cotton – ten pieces in each segment, with pink and blue squares at intersections. White cotton background. Backed with white cotton and bound with blue cotton. Scalloped edge follows the curve of the pieced rings.
Early Brides’ quilts were made in a variety of patterns, often only distinguished as such by the inclusion of a heart motif in the piecing or quilting. The 1920s saw the emergence of a new pattern that became incredibly popular for marriage quilts: Double Wedding Ring. The earliest known example of this quilt was published in 1928. During the next two decades, when the pattern was most popular, numerous kits and designs were produced. Variations of this pattern have been found on quilts made before the twentieth century – such as Pickle Dish (another name for Lafayette’s Orange Peel).
A large number of Double Wedding Ring quilts from the first half of the twentieth century exist, probably because they were treasured wedding mementoes – perhaps only used for best. These quilts are often not considered fine examples of the craft, however, and the piecing and quilting are often inferior to those made in the previous century.
The small rectangles that make up Double Wedding Ring quilts provide the perfect opportunity to use saved scraps of material. Grace Munschain from Clarkesville, Texas, pieced this example together with fabric from her daughters’ childhood dresses.