About Me

Hi, I’m Steph! I sew things. Lately more often than not, those things have been quilts. And somehow you’ve come to my website and landed on my about page, so I’ll tell you a little bit more about me.

I currently live outside of Columbus, Ohio with my family of a wicked cool (his words) husband, three young daughters, and a rambunctious golden retriever. I work as a software engineer and have been in this industry for about 14 years. Sometimes, my interest in technology finds it’s way into my quilting influence. Outside of quilting, I enjoy running and other outdoor activities. I dabble in other fiber arts as well, but most often my time is spent experimenting and pushing boundaries in the quilting space!

Here’s a peak into my quilting journey, in timeline form:

Fall: 2013

August 4, 2013
Fall: 2013

Began sewing for baby, after sewing here and there over the years. I learned how to sew in junior high school and did mostly home sewing since that time. Once I had a little baby (born in March of 2013), I wanted a hobby that was tactile and included making things for her. I began sewing apparel at that time, mostly indie patterns.

2014: Sewed my first quilt

January 1, 2014

Sewed first quilt, half square triangle designed by an apparel designer who I knew. I did not have a walking foot, and didn’t know much about binding, but I finished it and decided at that time that “I would never quilt again.”.

2014 – 2015

June 1, 2014

Continued to sew apparel for the children, also had another kid. I experimented some in hand quilting while I was pregnant with that second kid and picked up a little bit more about quilting.

Late 2015

November 1, 2015

Made a few original design quilts, struggled, decided to find a local support sewing group which led to meeting an open sew group in North Carolina, where I attended classes monthly.

2016: Year of Original Designs

January 1, 2016
2016: Year of Original Designs

In 2016, with the support of my local sewing group, I set a goal of creating one original quilt design per month. The designs varied in complexity, but I was able to complete my goal through the year.

2017: Continued Making, Also Had a Baby

January 1, 2017

In 2017, I continued making quilts! I also had a third baby in April of 2017, which paused some of my making for that time as we adjusted to a family of 3 children under 5!

2018, January: Generative Art Journey Begins

January 1, 2018

In late 2017 and early 2018, I began my journey in generative art, mixing coding with quilt designs, having been inspired by the work of Libs Elliott.

2018: QuiltCon Award

February 20, 2018
2018: QuiltCon Award

In February of 2018, I was awarded Best in Show at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California. That was a very unexpected and exciting time, and I followed the time after that exploring various revenue streams in the quilting industry (e.g. sponsorship, pattern writing, etc.). I also continued to explore building out web solutions that offered unique tools to the quilting space.

2019: Patterning

January 1, 2019

In 2019, I began writing patterns, having a pattern selected to be included in the MQG quilt of the month for early 2020.

2020: Teaching Journey

January 1, 2020

In late 2019 and early 2020, I began expanding to include teaching in my repertoire. I continued working on pattern developments and explored various personal projects and new techniques.

… To the Present

April 5, 2021
… To the Present

Over 2020 and 2021, I continued teaching and creating new pieces. I taught Procreate, strip piecing, and curved foundation paper piecing at QuiltCon Together in 2021.

If you enjoy the mini trunk show and are interested in learning more about my quilting journey (and with many pictures), feel free to contact me at stephskardal@gmail.com for lecture offerings and rates.