Thursday, August 16, 2012

History Quilter Podcast Episode 31 Double Wedding Ring Quilts

I'm back with another episode! History Quilter Podcast Episode 31 where I speak about Double Wedding Ring Quilts is now available on iTunes, Podbean and Stitcher Radio.  You can also listen directly from this page by clicking the link to the right.

This was a fun episode to produce as I truly enjoyed having content from listeners to incorporate into the podcast.  The two books I was using for reference are The Romance of Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Robert Bishop and Rings That Bind by Cheryl Phillips and Linda Pysto.

In this episode I spoke about recipes that I had pulled out of magazines - they are:

Photograph by Lucas Allen from
Recipes from the June 2012 issue of Food and Wine Magazine:
Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches (photo above)
Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho Spread

Pumpkin recipes from Sunset Magazine's October 2011 Edition:
Cashew, Coconut, and Pumpkin Curry 
Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream

Burger recipes from Sunset Magazine's July 2011 Edition:
Idaho Lamb Burger
Northwest Crabcake Burger
Hawaiian Pig-Out Burger
SoCal Veggie Burger
New Mexico Green Chile Burger

Lucky Peach: A Quarterly Journal of Food and Writing.  If you enjoy food writing with humor and intelligence and would rather skip the advertisements - check out Lucky Peach. I was so impressed with Issue 2 that I now subscribe.  Check it out here.

Now for listener/reader's Double Wedding Ring (DWR) Quilt photos: 
First up is Debbie from A Quilter's Table and the DWR she made for her niece in 2000. Just lovely.
Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Debbie Jeske from A Quilter's Table 

This one is from A.J.Dub (Amy) from Harriet Homemaker Strikes Again.  Her great-grandmother made this quilt possibly in the 1950's.  Please go visit her blogpost where she talks all about this quilt.
Double Wedding Ring Quilt from A.J. Dub from Harriet Homemaker Strikes Again

Look at this stunning beauty from Jackie of Sew Excited Quilts.  She made this one for her daughter when she got married.  Lucky daughter!

Double Wedding Ring Quilt made by Jackie Berdych from Sew Excited Quilts
Hope you enjoy the podcast. Happy Thursday!


  1. wow, you've been trying some recipes - how tasty!! And I'm anxious to hear the next podcast - hopefully this weekend!

  2. You had me at Bernina and lost me at Eggplant :)

    I have a Bernina 153QE, which is about 10 years old. It was one of the last ones that came out before the Touch Screens came in. It is such a faithful machine; like you, I am not into Embroidery in a machine, so it suits my purposes perfectly. We are off to a Judy Niemeyer piecing class tomorrow. I've never paper pieced before, so this should be interesting.

    I may have told this story before, but ... I was talking to my son about what I would save in a natural disaster after the family and the cats, of course. I want my Bernina next. He rolled his eyes, "Mom, you know I always carry your Bernina to the car." To which I responded, "Why do you think I'm saving you?"

    He is knee-deep in AP Human Geography pre-work and not easily amused these days.

    All the best.

  3. I enjoyed listening to your podcast last night - thanks for the sewing entertainment! ;-) I did something new & shared it with my phone & listened that way. I suppose there isn't a way to subscribe so it goes there automatically?
    Anyway, It was very interesting to hear about the wedding ring quilts. They really are striking, aren't they?
    I enjoyed hearing about your travels - we are going to do something similar soon - can't wait.
    Oh And I'd never heard of Lucky Peach. Saw 4 issues on Amazon so ordered one to try! Thanks for the suggestion!
    Enjoy your last days before school starts!

  4. Here is another gal who is actively hand piecing a DWR quilt. So pretty!

  5. Susan,
    This was one of your best episodes ever! You sound happy, confident and like you had enough time to prepare. Thanks so much for mentioning our meeting. I had a great time meeting you and hope to see you again. We are so far away from all the East Coasters that we have to stick together!

    I looked up the Double Wedding Ring pattern in Jinny Beyer's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. There are few different variations on the DWR. I believe she notes where the pattern was **first printed**, which, as you know, is different than when it first existed. On page 419, a pattern called Wedding Ring chain is listed as first being printed in Grandma Dexter Applique' and Patchwork Designs in 1932. and on page 420 the pattern called DWR is from Carrie Hall in 1935. The oldest reference I see is to the Kansas City Star in 1928 and is attributed to Ruby McKim. I liked your reference to the 'gimmel' (sp??) rings.

    I know you don't like having a lot of stuff around, but the Jinny Beyer book is definitely one that you should get to support your history quilting.
    Take care!