I started working on repairing and finishing the single wedding ring quilt top. The top had some great potential but a lot of problems. The circles did not lay flat.
It is hard to tell from the picture but the red center is very “puffy”.
In order to get to the solution I started by looking at some of the rings without the circle in them
none of them were properly pressed so It is difficult to tell how large the circle in the center should be.
It looks like 7 inches but it really is not. I need to press the rings first. My dirty pressing mat has circles in the center that work for a guideline. I pin the center down
this makes it look almost like a bowl
but when it is pressed the seams open correctly and it becomes flat
Now to determine how big the red circle should be. The original was not right. The opening is 9″
the red circle was 10 1/2 inches
If I use 1/4″ seams the circle needs to be 10″. 9 inches plus 1/4 inch added all around twice…don’t know if it makes sense to you but it that’s how I figure it. Now what do I have that is the right size to use for a template? I measured a few plates but found this mixing bowel to be the perfect size.
you can see how much too big the old red circle was.
I cut out a new circle, and pressed it in quarters
the creases will help me to pin the ring on evenly
after stitching and pressing it is flat and ready to go
I have a lot more to do….but this is a good start.