Saturday, June 13, 2015

Double Wedding Ring Quilts

This incredible 1970s Double Wedding Ring came from an eBay seller in Colorado. It is 91" square, and made of cottons, most likely with some cotton-polyester blend fabric in the mix. The quilt has a mind-boggling assortment of 1970s calico prints, the kind originally used for clothing before the quiltmakers got hold of it.

Double Wedding Ring was not an easy pattern, but it was a popular one. A quick search of eBay turned up more than 400 results; and the Quilt Index had more than 1500 results from the search for Double Wedding Ring. With its romantic name and pattern of interlocking rings, it was quickly adopted as a wedding quilt design.


I have three other Double Wedding Ring quilts in my collection: a blue one from he 1930s, and two others from the 1970s. One is made of a scrappy assortment of prints and solids, with its deconstructed looking pattern appearing and disappearing in the overall design. The other is all polyester, mostly solid color fabrics in many bright colors.

The Double Wedding Ring design is the subject of two books in my library. The first is "The Romance of Double Wedding Ring Quilts" by Robert Bishop (1989), and the other is the recently published "Double Wedding Ring Quilts - Traditions Made Modern" by Victorian Findlay Wolfe. If you love this design, both books are a must! You can also read more about Double Wedding Rings at Why Quilts Matter, History, Art & Politics - click here.


  1. What a fun post! Equally fun quilts.

  2. WOW! Those are amazing quilts! I don't think I have the time (or the patience) to ever create a masterpiece like those!