Merto Rings – Finish

So excited to share some pictures and thoughts on my Metro Rings quilt. I was able to gift it tonight and can’t wait to share! I already owned the pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful, it uses thier quick curve ruler. Who can resist a double wedding ring design made simpler!

When I found out my step sister in law was getting married this seemed the perfect opportunity to make this pattern.

I selected the Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander for the rings and 2 shades of gray from my stash because I didn’t have enough of just one fabric. The 2 colors give a subtle variation that is nice. The back is some yardage I had from the same collection. I just love Carolyn Friedlander fabrics and collect it often.

I started this quilt in late July and finished it October 5th. The pattern is really good with multiple steps to square up. I was I bit tired of all the squaring but know it is necessary and give great results.

The wedding is Saturday but when I found out we would have a small causal dinner with the couple Thursday evening I knew it would be perfect to gift the quilt. I wanted to see them open it and tell them some of the details of it. They truly loved it and the colors. Turns out she is a fellow orange fan!  I can tell the quilt will be used and appreciated in it’s new home.

This was another first on the free motion front for me. First switchbacks, from Christa Quilts book Machine quilting with Style and I did free motion in all the gray areas. I did first anchor stich all the arcs and hourglasses. Since I don’t have much free experience I didn’t know how long and involved it would be. It went surprisingly well and quicker than I thought. I love my Juki Tl2010q! I also choose to hand bind this time. I embroidered a label on my Janome Memory Craft 9700 (sadly I forgot to take a photo).

My husband and I had a great photo session at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in my town. The concrete walls offer a great complement to the fabrics.

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The happy couple (and my daughter) with thier new quilt.

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