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1st Quarter Newsletter 2012

While our products are available directly from us, I would encourage you, where possible to buy from Patchwork Stores stocking our products, after all they do have the fabric, threads and most other bits and pieces you might need. If you are unsure where to get them, please drop us email and we will get back to you with a location of the nearest supplier.

In this Newsletter:

* Western Australia

* Double Wedding Ring with a difference

Western Australia

We have had a hot start to 2012, Western Australia turned on a hot and humid week for us where we spent 7 days demonstrating our products in 7 Patchwork Stores from Bunbury to Clarkson. Leonie also held workshops on the Pinwheel Tool Set, Kaleidoscope, Disappearing Hourglass, The Epsilon Star Setter and the Double Wedding Ring.

We really enjoyed our days in Western Australia and love talking to patchworkers, Shop owners and their staff. Must start planning another visit.

We were lucky enough to see some quilts that had been made using the free patterns from our Sampler Quilt project. The ladies commented that the whole process was most enjoyable and it gave them the confidence to try blocks that they would not have considered before their piecing skills had improved by following the patterns from the beginning.

Double Wedding Ring - 15" x 15" finished size block

The Double Wedding Ring is one of the patterns that many quilters have difficulty with when it comes to putting the quilt together. My new Block Design makes the quilt in Blocks made up of half square triangles, the pieces are designed to be cut with a standard 45mm Rotary Cutter. The arc can be made with 1 piece, 2 pieces or 8 pieces.

When designing the Double Wedding Ring Tools I wanted to make a set of tools that would transform the Double Wedding Ring and more importantly, make the piecing of this beautiful quilt easy. I think I have achieved both of these goals

Many piecer's have found that our Templates with Fabric Guides give an accuracy in cutting they have not had before, templates that do not move as you cut and sewing techniques which make it much easier.

The variety of quilts that can be made with these new tools is amazing. I have published a book with 38 quilt suggestions using tools from each of the sets and included a fabric chart to help you calculate your fabric requirements using any of the tools in Double Wedding Ring Tool sets

Double Wedding Ring Set 1

The Double Wedding Ring comes in four sets with Set 1 making the cornerstones, the melon and the single arc. These are the base structure for the Double Wedding Ring and is required before adding the other sets. Set 1 has 4 guided templates and comes with full instructions and a DVD

Sample below made with Set 1.

Double Wedding Ring Set 2

This set of tools changes the numbers of pieces in the arcs. Set of 4 guided templates. (Requires set 1 to complete block)

Made with Set 2 and Set 1.

Double Wedding Ring Set 3

This set of 2 guided templates create a petal centre and can be used on the corners of the block. (Requires set 1 to complete block)

Samples below left used Set 1 and Set 3. Below right used Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.

Double Wedding Ring Set 4

Set 4 has 2 large guided templates designed to give different centres ideally suited to creative quilting

Samples below made with Set 4 and Set 1.

Exploring the Double Wedding Ring

The book contains 38 Block and Quilt ideas using different tools from the 4 sets. There is a Fabric Requirement Chart to make it easy to plan your next Double Wedding ring project whether you only have Set 1 or any of the other sets.

How many patterns can be made? - I do not know.

Change the number of pieces in the arc

Use the Petal Centre

Change the Centres

Sew strips and cross cut the pieces from the sewn strips

Mix the units with filler blocks

Add sashing

Use the Units or Blocks to make borders

Mix the pieces from the sets

Set the Blocks on point

And if that's not enough, play with colour and print

Try using Stripes, Large Prints for fussy cutting and Border Prints

If you like to purchase the Double Wedding Ring, get your Patchwork shop to order them in for you, stocks are available and can be shipped quickly. Overseas and remote area enquiries welcome
Double Wedding Prices here

Coming Soon.

Pattern using Constellation Templates (tools used in the Sampler Quilt)

Results for the 2011 Sampler Quilt Competition

Keep safe

Bill and Leonie West