Gwen’s quilt #3

1 01 2015

Gwen asked me to quilt another quilt for her for someone’s birthday. It was a modern version of a double wedding ring quilt (73 x 73 inches), and Gwen asked me to do something rounded to emphasise the double wedding rings.

My first step was to stitch in the ditch around all the white centre blocks and the border to stabilise the quilt. Next, I had to decide how to approach the blocks and emulate wedding rings. Circles were the obvious solution, but how big? should they be formal (with rulers and/or markings) or informal (free motion)? spirals or closed circles? how many? where to put them? should they overlap? what thread(s) to use? how to deal with the white centre squares?

I decided to use a variegated blue thread for the large circles and decided to use rulers (Handi Quilter’s half circle rulers) to stitch the circles. Each large circle almost hit the centre joins of the block. I then stitched another echoing circle about 1 inch inside the large circle. Then I stitched more in the offset blocks overlapping the first ones, and did some small ones in the centres where the blue blocks intersected.

For the white squares, I did more double circles (using rulers), this time free motion stitching rounded circles within the boundaries of the circles.

Last was the border. Again, I used rulers (Handi Quilter’s clam shell ruler) and stitched large clam shells from the corners to the centre, filling the centre point and the corners with a little three plumed feather.

This quilt took MUCH longer to quilt than normal — I estimate it took about 12 hours to quilt. Why? Well, rulers is one — you have to go slower and be more careful about hand placement, quilt movement, ruler placement etc. And then there are the stops and starts, which you don’t have when you do a continuous line all-over motif. Also, ruler work takes it out of your shoulders, neck and back, so I only did a maximum of four hours each day to get this one finished.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Silco (40 wt, colour SCM 18); Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000)
  • Bobbin: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white)



6 responses

1 01 2015
Linda E in AZ

Quite lovely even if it was a lot of work. Best wishes for 2015!

1 01 2015

Awesome texture!!!! Great thread choice……definitely a surprise with the color! I think you captured the ‘feel’ of this one!!!!! Happy New Year!!!! and hugs…….

2 01 2015
Pam Stalnaker

I love the way the circles worked on the angular design. As usual, your quilting gave me new ideas. I have the big half circle templates, but I couldn’t figure out an appropriate use for them. I also love the modern interpretation of a traditional design.

4 01 2015

Hi Rhonda, Can you use Groz-beckert titanium needles in the Sweet Sixteen?

4 01 2015

Hi Kristin

I can’t see why not, The critical thing is that you use the CORRECT needle type for your machine. See this blog post: — there’s a section at the end on the needle types and links to the official information from Handi Quilter.

If you’re not sure, please contact your dealer or Handi Quilter and get the information from them.


19 01 2015
Dawn C.

Absolutely Beautiful!

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