Diane's a gregarious gal with an infectious laugh and a deep Southern drawl. She is an expert seamstress, but is relatively new to quilting (keep this in mind). As a newbie in the guild (but not new to quilting), I sit and stitch, nod and smile and pretty much keep my mouth shout...for now. I am a little intimidated and a whole lot wary of any attempt to match stitches, stories or wit with these ladies...especially Diane. Having a Poker Face came in handy today when she revealed the circumstances of her first marriage.
The whole thing started when Grace showed up with her Portable Hoop loaded with a Double Wedding Ring quilt. She had a deadline to meet but didn't want to miss an afternoon of social quilting, so she gathered up the hooped quilt and set it up in front of the LoneStar Frame where her usual 'Nest' sports an adjustable, padded chair and her quilting stuff. I'm so coveting that chair.
"Have you done a Double Wedding....?", and before Grace could finish with ....Ring, Diane said, "Hell No!!! Why would I want to marry that lyin', cheatin' piece of #%*> twice?". The Armadillos' blue haired heads snapped up from their bluebonnet hexagons, Alma and Flo's faces reflected the Blazing LoneStar, and Josephine snapped that teeny #12 quilting between right into.
Grace quickly attempted to clarify with, "What I meant was......". "I know what you meant, I might have been born at night, but it wasn't last night", Diane shot back. "The only thing Double at that weddin' was the Double Dealin' Groom."
Total SILENCE!!!!The Armadillos discreetly cleared their throats...in unison. The BigHair Gals, gave each other the rolled eye look that said, "I bet", and Josephine gave me an all knowing wink....just before Diane 'busted' out laughin' with....
Oh Okay, It was a Double Weddin'!
I had Double Babes in my Belly and the Best Man held a Double Barrell Shotgun!
Without missing a stitch and a nod toward Diane, Grace said
The Double Wedding Ring Pattern...was first illustrated by Capper's Weekly of Topeka KS, in October 20, 1928. It is said that a thoughtful groom conceived the idea of the double wedding ring ceremony. The Bride commemorated the ceremony by working the two circles into a double wedding ring quilt. It has been called "The Endless Chain or 'The Rainbow' and has been a popular pattern due to it's endless use of scraps in rainbow shades. A tradtional Hope Chest pattern with newly engaged girls starting the piecing upon their engagement and finishing it for their wedding with quilting help from Family and Friends Quilting Bees. It is also a meaningful gift for a couples Silver and or Golden Anniversary. Still one of the most popular patterns today, this quilt is also one of the more difficult patterns to piece.