But I'm still at work on the Double Wedding Ring quilt. Having mastered the component parts, I tried making a few blocks, or as Marti Michell calls them, "clamshells." A clamshell block is composed of the center fabric with two pieced melon arcs attached on adjacent sides. Eventually, the clamshells are sewn together into rows, then the rows are joined to make the quilt top.
In theory, it is the same as if the blocks were square. In practice it is much trickier. I found a combination of Marti Michell's directions that came with the acrylic templates and an online tutorial from Jo's Country Junction very helpful. While the pieces are going together beautifully (see above), without any puckers or tucks, progress is slow. This is not a chain piecing quilt project.
Further, the instructions warn against pressing at this stage ("our foremothers did not jump up and iron after each seam") so my clamshells look a bit messy. The next stage of construction is supposed to be easier if you have not pressed everything into place. I am following the directions!
Six blocks done, 30 to go!