Earlier this week we featured a quilt with just one circular ring, today the featured quilt has 25 rings! All of this in a 40″ x 40″ quilt! The quilt named Hugs and Hugs was designed by Hannah Talecki as a part of the Jay MacCarroll Habitat Fabric Challenge that Free Spirit Fabrics sponsored through Modern Quilt Guilds across the US. All 25 ring blocks are pieced (not appliqued) using Dale Fleming’s popular Six-Minute Circle technique. Hannah quilted this on her home machine with “concentric” V shapes, working outward from the center to form a large X across the whole quilt.
An engineer by schooling, Hannah says that her left-brained, mathematical roots play a large role in her quilting. She describes looking at a quilt design like a puzzle, and loves to figure out how to efficiently construct a quilt without sacrificing design or creativity. Read on as Hannah describes more about creating the Hugs and Hugs Quilt.
Question: What was your inspiration for this quilt?
Hannah: After receiving the fabric for the Habitat challenge, it took me weeks to decide what to do with it. As I sketched and doodled designs, I just couldn’t get away from the idea of circles, as much as I dreaded the thought of tackling a quilt full of curves! I played with a variety of circle concepts in Google SketchUp (it’s a 3D modeling program that I’m familiar with from my engineering days, but it works just as well to plan out 2D quilting projects, too!), but nothing felt quite right, until I finally had the idea to turn the circles into rings. I knew it would be time consuming, but it was the first idea I was truly excited about, so I knew I just had to jump in and go for it.
Question: What is your favorite part of this quilt?
Hannah: I really love the quilting. It was a bear to do it on my tiny home machine, but I like the juxtaposition of the straight lines with the all the circular curves. Also, I like to think of the X formed by the quilting lines as a big “kiss” on top of 25 little “hugs.”
Question: What did you learn making this quilt?
Hannah: One of the obvious things I learned is how to sew a Six-Minute Circle – after doing it 50 times, I’d say I’ve definitely got the process figured out! More than that, though, I learned that you really can’t judge a quilt until it’s finished. After a few blocks, I wasn’t sure I liked where this one was going, but I decided to stick it out. Even after the top was done, I wasn’t fully convinced. It wasn’t until I actually pulled the finished quilt from the dryer that it all came together for me, and now I love it!
Hannah created this quilt as a challenge issued to members of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. She doesn’t have a blog – yet – but, you can catch some of her other work in her photostream under Flickr name Soft Funny Fat.