I started looking around for other patterns and construction methods. And by "looking," I mean a major effort on the internet that consumed about 10 hours over three
There are lots of resources online for the traditional pieced method of making DWR. I decided to buy Marti Michell's set of acrylic templates. They came with an instructional booklet that is very detailed (27 pages!). But before I made this final decision, I found two tutorials for traditional piecing. Free Spirit Fabrics offers a free DWR pattern. The pattern has you use paper foundations to piece the arcs that form the rings. The Plaid Scottie hosted a DWR quilt-along using this pattern in 2011 and posted tutorials for each step along the way. It was reading the tutorials here that convinced me I could do this. Then I found another tutorial at Jo's Country Junction. Her quilt is spectacular and she is very reassuring about the construction process. What is even more reassuring is knowing that as soon as she finished her first DWR, Jo started a second one!
I am a mixture of trepidation and confidence as I start this project. Here's where I am so far - I have about 10 arcs partially pieced. Like Marti said in her instructions, this quilt is not made in an evening!