The double wedding ring quilt is arguably the most recognizable traditional quilt design. It’s also one that many quilters aspire to sew. The Polka Dot Bikini quilt has that classic patchwork ring look, but with an exciting modern look. The new and improved pattern is now available for those who want to try this design, but are turned off by the tricky bias arcs, multiple templates and complex piecing of the traditional pattern. Here are some previously sewn Bikini quilts to give you some ideas for your own version of this perennial favorite.
I love this version made by my mom, Marian (@quilt.marian). She loves to collect black and white prints and has an impressive stash for sure. She altered the pattern a bit by dividing the A template pieces into two fabrics. I love how this add more complexity to the design and creates the secondary pinwheel pattern inside the rings.
This Polka Dot Bikini quilt was sewn by Kathlene Miller and quilted by Jane Williams. Kathleen entered it in the Sauder Village Quilt show last month and won for its category and best in show for Color Use. I’d say those are well deserved awards for sure! This is one impressive quilt.
This color mix by Linh (@callingallstitchers) is just perfection! Linh totally nailed the scrappy look and the shades of aqua, pink, gray and navy are such a calming combination.
I don’t know about you, but I always love a pattern that looks good in a variety of fabric styles. It’s so much fun to see how different quilters put their own personal touch on a pattern. Does this inspire you to think about what fabrics and style you would choose for your own Bikini quilt?
Pattern is now available to download right here. It includes full size templates (only needs three!) and doesn’t require you to purchase any extra ruler or other tools. It’s all straightforward piecing with no Y seams, paper piecing or other complex skills required. You might be interested in the Quilt Along series of posts. You’ll find tips for getting started, curved piecing tutorial and help with certain steps.
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