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Metro Rings Quilt

Metro Rings Pattern

Connecting Threads received this delightful pattern, Metro Rings, and a clever ruler, Quick Curve Ruler from the company, Sew Kind of Wonderful. I was just dying to try it. Metro Rings is a modern take on the traditional Double Wedding Ring design which I also LOVE. I decided to make a block and this is how the construction went…

I first sewed five 2-1/2″ x WOF strips together. Then after pressing seams this unit was sub-cut into 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strips. From this I cut the arcs using this Quick Curve Ruler as shown below with other sections of the block. It is an interesting way to construct the block. Lots of cutting, but it was fun!

Step 3B  Step 3B2

9″ squares are cut diagonally once making  triangles. Each triangle is reshaped using the Quick Curve Ruler. First the corners are cut off.

Step 3C

Then a lovely curve is cut into the bottom of the triangle.

Step 4

Next, rectangles are cut and reshaped as well giving them this wonderfully soft curve.

Step 5A  Step 5B

Now it’s time to piece half the block together.

Piecing Step 1A

The reshaped rectangle is laid on the pieced curve leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance at the end. Notice that the middle point of both units is marked with a pin for matching later? The pieced arc needs to fall past the curved rectangle 1/4″ on each end.  Piecing Step 2B

Matching the center pins first helps with the rest of the pinning. The sides will ease in beautifully.

Piecing Step 2C  Piecing Step 2C1

Stitching the two pieces together…

Piecing Step 2D


Piecing Step 2E

To add the third piece, begin by pinning the center of the unit just finished, and a triangle inner curve. Be sure to leave a 1/4″ of the triangle piece at each end here as well.

Piecing Step 3A  Piecing Step 3B

Sew the reshaped triangle and pieced unit together.

Piecing Step 3B1

Voila, again!

Piecing Step 3C  Squaring up 2A

Now it’s trimming time for squaring up the piece! This is where I made a mistake and misunderstood the pattern. I trimmed the bottom of the unit even with the bottom of the pieced curve and this is wrong. It is supposed to be trimmed leaving 1/8″ seam allowance! Yikes!

Squaring up 2B  Squaring up 2C

The next step is to sew two of these trimmed units together.

Piecing Blocks 1A

Find the center of two setting triangles, and place in the center (seam) of the unit just made. Pin and sew.

Piecing Blocks 1B

Press the triangle back. Note the result of my mistake here. Ugh! When I cut too much off the bottom of the unit and then sewed the two units together, it took space from the pieced rings. Now the setting triangles don’t meet at the ring joint.

Piecing Blocks 1C

Square up the finished block to 10″.

Finished Block

Sew four of these beauties together and this is what you get! My version of Metro Rings!


I’m not sure if I like the seam through the middle of the rings but it is a fun way of making a Double Wedding Ring quilt!