HQAL: Wedding Ring Quilt says “I do”

Double Wedding Ring Quilt History | AccuQuilt : AccuQuilt

Though the pattern was first published in the United States in the early 1920s, the quilt pattern can be found as early as the late 19th Century. The Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern has long been a symbol of love and romance with its interlocking ringssymbolizing marriage.Apr 15, 2017     https://www.accuquilt.com/blog/education/a-history-of-the-double-wedding-ring-quilt/ 

I have been working steadily on ‘Wishing You Good Will’ and while I feel I am making progress it still remains slow and difficult to gage. Working on her these last 3 weeks I have begun to think about the fact it is the wedding ring pattern; weddings, brides, flowers, saying

“I DO”


What I have found with Good Will as I move methodically around working on her, is the  amount of worn and torn fabric I missed when first repairing her. In addition the amount of staining is more than I thought and a good dry cleaning is so needed, although it will not remove that damage. Still she is beautiful!



I began thinking about this quilt in a whole different light. I imagined this quilting process to be like the build up and anticipation to the wedding. The beginning of the border will be the equivalent to the wedding ceremony and once that is completed it will be the big celebration reception party. I can tell you right now, once ‘Wishing You Good Will’ is completed I am having a huge ‘finished the quilt party’ and your all invited.

In the spirit of marriage, weddings, rings, brides, grooms, guests, toasts, flowers and the wedding ring pattern, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite wedding photos

My mother Grace Judith Tannerwedding copy.jpg


My Grandmother Catherine Langellotti & Grandfather Frank Civitano

Catherineweddingpic copy


My Grandmother Minnie Lipschitz & Grandfather Isidore Haimowitz

Isidore&Mryra copy


My Great Aunt Rita Langellotti & Steve Stalupe


This beautiful bride is a photo I found in an antique store and was able to reunite with a descendant. I love the aproned like skirting on her dress.

AnnaDumovicGregorich copy


My Aunt Coletta Civitano’s wedding photo with my grandfather Frank Civitano from photo above

Coletta1stmariage copy


My Great Aunt Julia Civitano & Nick Forese

CivitanoJuliaNickwedding2 copy.jpg


Brides of 1915



My 1st cousin 2x removed Dominick Caso & Rose Haughey


Some how thinking of ‘Wishing You Good Will’ in terms of brides and flowers, laughter and most of all love has helped me turn this daunting task into a true labor I love!

My beautiful granddaughter Heather & Trent

53 copy


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

12 thoughts on “HQAL: Wedding Ring Quilt says “I do”

  1. Bella October 28, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I love this post. I enjoyed seeing the double wedding ring quilting progress and the old photo’s. If only the people in them could tell us their stories. I think that is one reason quilts are so wonderful, they hold people’s stories. They hold the secrets of those who made them and lay beneath them. I like to think of all the babies that crawled across the old quilts while their mothers were busy working or socializing. The imagination can run wild with “what if’s”. Again, this was a great post. Thank you for sharing.

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    • nwpaintedlady October 28, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you Bella. I too imagine all those things. I have been blogging ‘their’ stories as best I can on my ancestry blogs. It’s been quite a journey but I LOVE what you wrote about quilts “hold the secrets of those who made them and lay beneath them” so so true! Sharon

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  2. kathyreeves October 28, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    What a wonderful set of brides to spur you on in your quilting! Here’s to yet another moving of the hoop or two in the next three weeks.

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  3. nwpaintedlady October 28, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Thank you Kathy, you made me lol to here’s to yet moving of the hoop or two … I’ll count the moves I think – Sharon


  4. Deb October 28, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    What a delightful post! I enjoyed all these photos,your mother is lovely in her dress! Good will sure is a beauty. Oh and she’s allowed some aging spots at her age.😄


  5. nwpaintedlady October 29, 2018 / 2:07 am

    Thank you Deb and I love your comment about aging spots…so true 🙂


  6. KerryCan October 29, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I’m with Deb–don’t worry too much about the spots. They’re part of the quilt’s story. I love the way your thinking has progressed while you’ve worked on this–and you’ve arrived at such a joyous place, by focusing on the wedding connotations. All those wedding photos are terrific–the gowns!!

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    • nwpaintedlady October 29, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Kerry, I am on board with age spots just adding to Good Wills beauty..thank you for concurring, I have to admit I saw them as stains detracting but not any more! also I love wedding gowns – there is just something very magical about them.


  7. letsgocrafting October 29, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    What a lovely, touching post! I love your thoughts and comparisons between this quilt and all the new brides and grooms. Quilts definitely hold stories – from those who made them to those who cherished and loved them. Your quilt, Wishing You Good Will, definitely has some great stories and now, with you working on it, the stories are growing.

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    • nwpaintedlady October 29, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment. I never thought of myself woven into the stories of Wishing You Good Will. You made me smile!


  8. fayga49 November 8, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Sharon…this post put a big smile on my face. How lovely seeing your family brides and their beautiful period gowns. You have created such a wonderful loving blog that I truly enjoy.


    • nwpaintedlady November 9, 2018 / 3:46 am

      Thank you Marsha – you made me smile too. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I love these period piece wedding dresses…they are so wonderful! Hugs


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