Yesterday I showed how I “fixed” the rings for the vintage single wedding ring top. Today I want to share How I will join the rings.
First I finished 4 of the rings. Here they are all stacked up…nice and flat and even.
I joined the 4 rings with 1/4 inch seams….using the wedges to find the quarter marks I lined the blocks up at those points
and sewed them together attaching the matching wedges
Now I can see the space to be filled and make a pattern for that piece. The old piece was not correct, it was very full and puffy when pieced in
It is hard to see from the picture but that red diamond sticks up about 2 inches in the center and puckers at the points. Since the original didn’t fit correctly I can’t use it as a pattern so I need to make my own.
I put a piece of paper under the opening (I am using a manila envelope because it is stiffer than printer paper) and traced the opening.
here is the result
I now have to add seam allowances …If I cut it this way it will be way to small. I need to add 1/4″ to the outside edges…this accounts for the seam allowance on this piece, but I also need to add 1/4 inch for the ring side, so I add 1/4″ twice. I use my bendy ruler which is 1/4″ wide
Now it may not look right but honest it will work. Cut it out
I folded it in quarters to be sure it was symmetrical. When folded all the edges should line up…this way you know it is the same on all sides.
Here it is on top of the old piece of fabric
I think you can see why it did not work.
Now that I have the pattern I cut a new piece and carefully pin it in…start at the center of each arch and pin out to the points
I would love to be able to do this without a lot of pins but it would never work.
next I hand stitch at 1/4″ (which I must confess I just eyeball…feel free to be more accurate than me!) and press
That makes 4 joined …
the rest is more of the same…the edges will be filled with red as well but only using 1/2 of the pattern. I have some plans for the borders once the rings are done….stay tuned for that.