This latest work in progress just came off the frame and I absolutely LOVE it. My Aunt hand-pieced this beautiful double wedding ring while undergoing chemotherapy. Each of the rings contain 11 small wedges and each ring intersection is a mirror image of the opposite ring. A LOT of planning went into each ring. They are joined by pink and white blocks (fitting colors for a breast cancer survivor). I stitched in the ditch in each of those tiny wedges and around each ring; feathers in the all the white background fabric and the pink/white blocks. I layered white poly batting (MicroSafe from Joann’s – the last of that bolt) on top of 100% Legacy cotton to give it definition and loft. I used almost a whole cone of FilTec white thread on it. I really don’t want to call her to come and get it. Maybe I’ll wait a month or two! 🙂
Someone asked if I used a stencil. I did not. In the large white spaces in between the rings, I drew registration lines from corner to corner and vertically and horizontally to give me the placement for the start of the feather spline. I used an IttyBitty ruler and used the curved side of it to create the spines of the feathers. I’d use the ruler until I got to the end of it and then freehanded the loop at the end of each spline and then used the ruler to come back to center. I did this for all the splines then freehanded the feathes using the registration markes as guides for where my feathers should end. Where the rings met in the middle, I used the same IttyBitty ruler and just eyeballed it. I also used this same IttyBitty ruler to help guide the SID on the rings. You can find the ruler at http://store.offtheedgequilting.com/ittybitty.html. Someone had recommended it when I bought my first rulers after purchasing my machine and I use it a lot!