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John Flynn's Double Wedding Ring Step-by-Step Workbook Spiral-bound – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Flynn Quilt Frame Co; Rev Exp edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962788902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962788901
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

My first attempt at the Double Wedding Ring was a wall hanging about 30" square, just four blocks. My wife had a Double Wedding Ring book that I followed. I carefully traced the patterns and made very accurate templates and was able to successfully hand-piece my first Double Wedding Ring, but it took a lot of time to make, cut and hand-sew all of those little pieces. I worked on the Double Wedding Ring off and on for the next three years, trying to figure out an easier way to piece.

It wasn't until December 1988 that I discovered the secret to my simplified piecing method for the traditional Double Wedding Ring. I patterned my first template set, the 15" ring, after my wife's great aunt Laura's Double Wedding Ring quilt.

About the Author

John Flynn, from Billings, Montana, graduated from Montana State University with a degree in civil engineering. He entered into partnership with his father in a construction company that built bridges and dams all over eastern and northeastern Montana, including projects in Yellowstone Park. In 1980, his wife, Brooke, finished her first quilt top and asked him to design a quilting frame. He soon developed a lap scroll frame to accommodate her quilt. John then started quilting to field test the frames--and discovered how relaxing and satisfying hand quilting can be.

Gradually, manufacturing and selling the frames and presenting quilt workshops became a full-time occupation. Now, John and Brooke's company, Flynn Quilt Frame Company, has published four of John's books. His latest invention, the Multi-Frame can be used for no-baste hand or machine quilting. He's had numerous articles printed in major quilt publications and has received many awards for his quilts. He has taught across the United States and Canada, in Japan, Europe, Mexico and Australia.

Customer Reviews

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I am recommending this book to my friends as well.
Kathy M. Mingo
While I could have saved money by ordering the two together from Flynn, I am glad I read the book before ordering the templates.
Mary Shaw
This book shows step by step instructions on how to make the double wedding ring quilt.
Missy Shiner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By E. Rison on September 26, 2001
I made this quilt twice. It was very easy to make with the
directions given. The patterns were copied onto transparency
film and then cut out for ease.
I used the strip piecing as suggested in his book, although
tedious at times because of the double handling, it cut down
on the worry that they wouldn't be quite round enough or too
round.
I highly recommend this quilt book as fun, easy to use,
and very pleased with the finished product. This book is
on my stack of books to keep.
Happy quilting.
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Porter on April 17, 2000
This book makes the classical double wedding ring quilt much easier. The details are easy to follow and everything comes together if you follow the steps one by one. The templates for different sized rings and the yardage for each is included. People will think you are a professional when you complete this traditionally not-so-easy quilt.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By HGS110@AOL.COM on September 10, 1999
This is a very hard quilt to make. But with this book it takes all the guess work out of it and makes your quilts look like a pro had made them.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mary Shaw on July 1, 2006
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I just love this book. I should mention that while I'm neither a novice nor an expert quilter, I have managed to put together a king-sized Star of Bethlehem quilt with only 2 pages of directions. Comparatively, this book makes the Double Wedding ring a piece of cake (I had to buy fabric for the Star of Bethlehem twice because I ruined the cutting on the first batch).

The spiral bound design is very useful. While the book contains several full-color quilt examples, the instructions are black and white. It's a shame that you can't see the quilt on the back cover of this book - it's very contemporary with red and white fading spirals on a black background.

The book is very descriptive and contains detailed instructions on every step, including planning the final design. Flynn's strip-piecing system works well in this double wedding ring design. He also includes some worksheets for planning your own color sequences, and tips on selecting fabric.

Plan on 8 fabrics for every color circle (6 for the arc and 2 for joining the arcs), plus a background color. My quilt is king-sized with 18" rings and uses pink and cream rings with a burgundy background.

I ordered this book from Amazon and then ordered the templates mentioned in the book directly from Flynn, although I could have made templates from paper designs in the book. The templates are as thick as my plastic rotary guide, and very good quality, and they included ready-made seam allowance guides essential to his strip-piecing method (these little seam allowance tapes made a big difference in my making successful arcs & rings). While I could have saved money by ordering the two together from Flynn, I am glad I read the book before ordering the templates. There are several sizes of rings, from 6" to 24", and the book helps you choose the correct size for your project (larger sizes for larger quilts or wall hangings).
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
John Flynn's method of constructing the double wedding ring is great. I have wanted to make one for years, but put it off because of all the tedious cutting of all those little pieces. Now,with his method and a rotary cutter, the process is much easier!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathy M. Mingo on January 8, 2006
I used John Flynn's Double Wedding Ring book as my "first" hand sewn, King size, quilt. It took me six months by hand but the result was so awesome. I am making another one for my second daughter in law. It makes an awesome wedding present and with his "step-by-step" method I had no problem with the finished product. I got instructions of the "hand quilting". But the piecing together was easy to follow.

I am recommending this book to my friends as well.

Thank you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader/writer on September 23, 2010
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The book is well detailed by John Flynn and is easy to understand. I've been wanting a streamlined pattern for the double wedding ring pattern using strip piecing and this is it. The instructions are easy to understand and follow. The photos of completed quilts indicates the color variables (nice to have.) The book is comprehensive as it gives patterns for several sized "rings" so that you can make a small item such as a table runner, table cloth or a throw up to a king sized bed quilt. The amount of material needed for each ring size is included. It is a very useful book for anyone who feels confident enough to try this pattern.
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