First the story.
|Teresa Duryea Wong - double wedding ring work in progress. 2015. Approximately 80 x 70 inches.|
Keiko Goke. My Double Wedding Ring, 2008.
Cotton: 88 x 87 in. (224 x 220 cm.)
Machine pieced, hand embroidery, machine quilted
Next step is to add hand embroidery to the quilt top. Of course I could thread paint or embroider it on the machine, but it would not look the same. I'm going for a folk art feel... so I think it'll be kinda fun to take the slow train with this one and add that handmade touch.
And now the purpose.
This quilt will eventually become part of my small trunk show that I intend to take 'on the road' and display during my book tour events later this year and in 2016. I've been invited to speak to a few quilt guilds about my upcoming book: "Japanese Contemporary Quilts & Quilters." Here's a link to a description at Schiffer Books.
Keiko Goke is one of the dozens of talented artists featured in my new book.
Like so many quilt traditions that have influenced one culture or another, the double wedding ring is a pattern originally popular with American quiltmakers. For at least a century, these quilts were made and given as wedding gifts and its believed that sleeping under it would bring the couple good luck. Countless double wedding ring quilts have become treasured antiques and family heirlooms.
But my latest version of a double wedding ring is actually inspired by a Japanese artist who took this traditional pattern and made it her own. And now, I am emulating her style, proving that influence does indeed come full circle.
I actually made a traditional double wedding ring about 10 years ago. Hand quilted! Its one of my favorite traditional quilts, but I recall a great deal of stress about lining up every corner just right... and difficulty piecing all those curves. So, the chance to redo this pattern with a folk art - no rulers and no rules improv style - was a heck of a lot more fun than the first time around!
I just hope my newest wedding ring turns out to be as interesting as the back story!
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