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Quilt: February 2019

This quilt has been an epic project for me, so it has taken a bit of recovery time to think about how I wanted to summarize it. And I still need to get more photos when the sun is shining! But here is a blog post about it in the meantime.

Evolution of a Design

You know the saying about how you can read history backwards? I think that applies here as I look at how I came to this quilt design. Here's a bit of background leading up to the design:

Implementation (More Photos Below from IG)

Once I had my design in a size that I thought was something I could handle, I brought the design (in SVG format) into Photoshop to break down into small components. Having worked on the previous quilt, I had a sense of how much piecing I could accomplish in 1 - 2 hour spurts of sewing time each day, which is a good chunk of time where I can remain focused.

I divided my quilt design into these chunks and tackled them one by one. I started with the center X because that would be the most time consuming piecing and after that, I would be happy to move on to quicker piecing (IE for morale). Then, I worked on each remaining side (sort of like a triangle). I merged the sections via non-pieced fabric (not going the "braided" route), via regular machine stitching and a tiny bit of hand stitching, knowing that I planned to heavily quilt these sections.

Once I pieced everything together, I loaded it up on my longarm! I did not want quilting to distract from the piecing, so I chose to outline the pieced strips, like this previous one. I wanted denser quilting in the non-pieced section that was consistent with the design aesthetic of the quilt and also not distracting from the piecing. I had a whole two months of piecing to think about the quilting, so I ended up going with straight horizontal lines throughout. Binding in a matching light blue color was added to finish the quilt.


  • Solid: Robert Kaufman Kona in sky
  • Prints: Liberty Tana Lawn, ~50 different prints
  • Back: Free Spirit voile
  • Piecing thread: Aurifil 50wt, white/offwhite
  • Quilting thread: Aurifil 40wt, white
  • Batting: Warm & Natural Cotton
  • Piecing and quilting via Juki machines


It's funny that I spent 2+ months on this quilt and the finish was anticlimactic. But check out the #stephskardalquiltsfeb2019 images on Instagram to see all the process photos for this quilt.