My best friend got married this weekend, and for the occasion, I made a crocheted version of a wedding ring quilt.
I found the free pattern months ago on the Red Heart yarn website several months ago , and I've been making the pieces for it ever since.
I grossly underestimated the time it would take to assemble, though, and spent just about ever waking hour I had at home from last Sunday until Thursday finishing it.
I taught Rob to weave in the loose ends, and he must have done hundreds. I couldn't have finished it without him. He was also in charge of grocery shopping, cooking dinner and doing laundry, because I was too busy crocheting to help even a little.
When assembling, I colored the construction chart on my printed pattern, which helped me keep track of what I'd done and what still needed to be done. I was so relieved when I finally colored the whole thing in!
The work was so worth it, though. The quilt is big and cozy and snuggly. Rob requested I make one for us. Maybe someday.
Still, it was the perfect gift for my friend, who had a traditional wedding. The colors were chosen based on her home's earth-tone decorating scheme. The pattern called for variegated yarn, which I don't care for. Still, I can see that using a solid and similarly colored variegated yarn would help the quilt look more cohesive.
I would definitely recommend this pattern as a lovely wedding gift, but just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to finish it.