the single girl.

single girl by denyse schmidt





I LOVE this pattern and have for a very long time.



There’s a lot to love–the traditional reference, the Denyse flavor, the shout-out to the single girl…


and it also just looks cool.







SO, it was with great pleasure that I ran into it at a quilt shop recently, and I’m thrilled to get started. I’ve decided to bypass the tedious-ness of cutting out the 30+ different shaped pieces and am instead paper-piecing this bad boy. That way I can a) be lazy with the cutting b) pick fabric as I go (and on the fly, my fave), and c) jump into this project a whole lot faster than I would be able to otherwise. But to each his own in terms of technique.



single girl sewn rings


So here are my first ring-lets! My approach is the more the merrier in terms of color and print. Reproductions, kaffes, shirtings, and whatever else are all fair game. My hypothesis is that the single girl will allow for a lot of variety and still look cool so long as you pick a nice fabric for the background. We’ll see…


Right on Denyse.

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4 Responses to the single girl.

  1. Elizabeth February 27, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I just saw that you are working on the Single Girl quilt from your extra hour post. I, too, have the pattern sitting in a drawer, its been there for years! Can you share how you are paper piecing the ring pieces? I think that would be so much easier than cutting out the millions of tiny pieces and keeping them organized. Any guidance/insight would be appreciated a million and one times over. Thank you!!

    • carolynfriedlander February 27, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Absolutely, Elizabeth! Start by using some paper that you can see through so you can trace the lines. Then take the pattern pieces and starting with the first one (A) trace the shape onto the paper. Then take the next piece (B) and position it next to the first piece so that their shared seamline overlap. Trace the extra lines to complete the shape of B. Then move to C, and so on. After you’ve got the pieces together for one section, draw a 1/4″ line around the entire thing. That will give you your seam allowance. Does that make sense? Let me know, and I’ll be happy to share more! I think it’s much easier this way. 🙂

  2. Joy Elyse April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Ah! I need to get my hands on this pattern. I’ve been gathering fabrics to make a double wedding ring quilt, but this is so much better! Shout out to the single girl…haha.

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