Double Wedding Ring Quilt // Vintage Quilt Sunday

Double Wedding Ring

Today’s Vintage Quilt Sunday quilt is a beautiful Double Wedding Ring Quilt submitted by Kacey Platky. Kacey recently started blogging at Little House in Vine Crest Woods, so make sure to say hi.

Updated to add: Kacey has included a photo of Edna and more here.

This is one of the quilts that Kacey has by way of her Great Aunt Edna.

She passed away a few years ago at the ripe old age of 107 (she was born in 1904), and she had a very full life of crafting, quilting included!  My mom and I actually aren’t sure if these are her work or the work of her mother.  My mom remembers that the wedding ring quilt was once on my grandmother’s bed, and I now use it for napping in my sewing room.  I love the curved binding!  That one is backed in a plain (muslin?) fabric.  I like that [it was] well used, you know? 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This quilt, like many of the era, are hand stitched, both the quilting and the block assembly. I have so much admiration for the patience required to hand stitch a double wedding ring quilt!   Double Wedding Ring Detail

I particularly like her use of the yellow and purple solid running throughout the quilt.

Double Wedding Ring Close Up

Quilt historians seem to agree that the Double Wedding Ring pattern first appeared in the 1920s, and became much more popular in the 1930s, with kits and instructions available to makers. Many from that era are made with beautiful feedsack fabrics, similar to this one.

According to Why Quilts Matter (and I have heard this folklore elsewhere), the the Double Wedding Quilt was often made as a wedding gift–the interlocking rings perhaps were meant to echo eternity, similar to a Celtic Knot or Roman etchings patterns. The folklore goes  “that a newly wed couple will be protected from bad dreams and bad luck, and their marriage will be a blessed one if they sleep under a Double Wedding Ring quilt received as a wedding gift.” (A Most Romantic Quilt, Why Quilts Matter). There are some beautiful and unique quilts in the essay, so make sure to click over.

If you like this quilt (which would be pretty much everyone, I would think) you might like these too:

From the International Quilt Study Center & Museum: An Ombre/Solids Double Wedding Ring made in the 1930s/40s.

Also from the IQSCM, a Double Wedding Ring with a red background that has a very different feel

More inspiration/resources in this Craftsy post about Wedding Ring Quilts

Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts

Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts
Tricia’s Joseph’s Coat Quilt shared by Tricia Martin
Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
“Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
“Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes
Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
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14 Comments

  1. Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!!

  2. Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing, Katie!! Aunt Edna would be pleased :-)

  3. Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    That is a beautiful quilt. :) Love the story behind it.

    • Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi again! Just wanted to let you know that the link to her site (Little House in Vine Crest Woods) doesn’t work.

      You’ve also inspired me to finally blog the pictures of my grandmother’s quilt. I’ll let you know when I do :)

      • Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        Hi Nita! You can find me here: http://www.littlehouseinvinecrestwoods.blogspot.com. Please let me know when you post your grandma’s quilt!

        • Katie Blakesley
          Posted February 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

          Sorry about the wrong link!! I fixed it and put a note about your recent blog post on Aunt Edna. Loved seeing the picture especially.

      • Katie Blakesley
        Posted February 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for letting me know about the link! So sorry. I’ve updated it. And I would love to see pictures of your grandmother’s quilt!

  4. Lauren
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    This quilt is just wonderful. This is real quilting.The real thing. Sewing pieces together on a sewing machine and sending it to the long arm quilter is not really quilting – it is just doing a little sewing for fun.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      It really is a true heirloom!

  5. barbara woods
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    i would love to get good enough to make one like that but not by hand. My mother in law did a lot of hand quilting and i have some of her flower garden blocks here . I have used a lot of them on pillows for her granddaughters

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      What a great use for your mother-in-law’s blocks!!

  6. Kristi Hollis
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    My 91 yo grandmother made one the color requested my my new daughter in law for their wedding. All by hand and she fussed about how that would be the last one she made. If it is that hard for someone who has quilted greater than 70 years I am intimidated lol. They are so beautiful though.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 13, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow! What a gift!!! I would love to see a picture of it if you have one.

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