Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing the Eternity Ring Quilt Pattern!

Do you remember the big craze around the Single Girl quilt a few years ago? There was a great quilt-along hosted by Katy Jones focused around the beautiful pattern by Denyse Schmidt, and it was my first foray into curves. I even managed to make a king-sized Single Girl quilt top through it all, but it was a painstaking experience for me, to say the least. I have always loved the concept of wedding ring quilts and the beauty in the piecing, but curves and I have yet to really become good friends. I've been kicking around the idea of a twist on a double wedding ring quilt for a while now, and I thought more specifically about the idea of making a ring-style quilt using angled pieces that create the illusion of curves, which led to my Chain + Link pattern last year. It was a satisfying finish, but I didn't feel "done" with the idea of an angular ring, so I kept fiddling, and that's where my newest pattern, Eternity Ring, comes from.

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This foundation paper-pieced quilt pattern is now available through my Pattern Shop as well as through Craftsy, yay!! The pattern comes with detailed instructions accompanied by photographs to for visual learners, which is great if you'e never paper pieced before, a complete cutting list and fabric yardage instructions for four different quilt sizes: baby, lap, twin, and queen. I've taken the liberty of putting together some fun color story choices for this quilt below to give you some other great ideas on how you can use this pattern and make it your own!

Eternity Ring - Rainbow Lap Size photo eternityring-Rainbow_zpsc5033568.jpg
rainbow scrappy Eternity Ring
Eternity Ring - Two Color/LV Mini photo eternityring-LV_zpscb3520a1.jpg
low volume lime and fuchsia Eternity Ring
Eternity Ring - Two Block Holiday Lap Size photo eternityring-Christmas_zps064fb1b7.jpg
festive holiday Eternity Ring

My Eternity Ring quilt is sewn up in gorgeous, rich Kona solids in shades of emerald and fuchsia, with one singular block sewn together in grayscale. I love the contrast the one gray block brings to the whole quilt. The blocks alternate to create a faux double wedding ring look, which is created through four paper piecing templates, which come together to create the quarter-block units for completing the blocks. In the grand scheme of my paper piecing projects, this one comes together fairly easily and quite straight-forwardly.

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Thanks as always to my fantastic testers, who did a great job helping to clarify this pattern and make it wonderful. Katie sewed up the example on the left and Michelle sewed up the example on the right.  It's so fun to see what other people do with a pattern, so I love having testers who put fabrics together that I wouldn't necessarily think of!

Eternity Ring test by Katie Bowlby photo eternityringKatie_zpse9b8c8f0.jpg
Katie's Eternity Ring mini

Eternity Ring test by Michelle Swiglo photo EternityRingMichelle_zps66838b13.jpg
Michelle's Eternity Ring block

Quilt Stats
name: Eternity Ring
size: 60" x 72"
pattern: Eternity Ring by Elizabeth Dackson, available now through my Pattern Shop and Craftsy
fabrics: Kona Kale, Pond, Maize, Lemon, Cerise, Dark Violet, White, Iron, Charcoal, and Black
quilting: meandering stipple by me in white (#2024) Aurifil 50 wt thread
binding: Kona Dark Violet

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9 comments:

  1. Wow, Elizabeth, that is so gorgeous! I think I may have to learn paper piecing!

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  2. Beautiful! I just love your patterns. They are always so striking. Another one to add to my ever growing to-do list!

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  3. This is gorgeous! And a great way to conquer my fear of curves. Beautifully done! (And I love the ones prepared by your testers, too!)

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  4. This is a beautiful quilt and it would be fun to try a bunch of different ways to colour the parts.

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  5. What a beautiful pattern, I love the look of the curves without having to do curved piecing.

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  6. Very pretty and neat effect using angles to creat curves

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  7. Wow - this quilt had impact! I have the single girl pattern and I'm slowly building up the courage to have a go at making it - the curves are a little fear inducing. I love the scrappy mock up you did of this. Wonderful!

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  8. This is a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the inspiration!

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