Quilt: April 2019 (Chainmail Fish Scale)

I finished this quilt back in April, but I’ve had too much going on to get it written up here. I think the IG microblogging posts go through a lot of the history of this quilt, but I’ll summarize some important details (and you can see the IG posts below):

  • I was first inspired to create a quilt with holes (and at the same time inspired by weaving), similar to how some crochet stitches have holes.
  • At some point, that inspiration led to me pondering chainmail and how quilty chain mail could be created.
  • I experimented with a few different construction techniques and colors, and ultimately settled on a construction method and a two color design.
  • Each single ring in the finalized construction is made up of two color pieces (halves) joined with ladder stitch. A half ring is made up of a quilty sandwich that is first sewn with right sides together and then flipped (similar to how a strap can be created) where basted batting stays in the middle of the quilt sandwich. The batting is used as the template.
  • All construction was done with Aurifil 50wt thread on my domestic machine (Juki), and hand stitching was used for joining the ring halves. Warm & Natural cotton batting was used.
  • The final quilt is 12 rings x 12 rings, measuring approx 48″x48″. I did end up tack stitching the rings together to keep colors in a specific layout, which is ideal for hanging the quilt.

Hi #igquiltfest, I’m Steph and I have this crazy idea (that’s how most of my quilts start)! Three things: I’ve never cooked eggs (don’t like them). I’ve lived in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Utah, and North Carolina for at least 4 years each (some more). I still drank cold brew coffee (with a lot of milk) this past winter because I prefer it to hot coffee. Thanks to @amyscreativeside for organizing this!! 😁😁 #quilt #quilting #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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You guys are awesome. Thanks so much for feedback on my quilty chain mail experiment. I think I’m going forward on two colors here (still TBD on colors). And we’ll see how it comes together. I’ll prob share some of my experiments and more on structure. 😁❤️ #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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I skipped a few steps in photos, but I’ll do a double status post and #igquiltfest. My tip is about setting waypoints: break a project down into small increments to collect wins along the way, otherwise a big project can feel unsustainable. When I’m starting an original design quilt, I don’t usually know what my waypoint should be, but I try to spend some time figuring it out. That’s where I’m at on my current #wip. #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Lining up the full width of a few “rows” here. 😁 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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I’ve found a lot of quilty friends who encourage me to work on my crazy ideas, but I don’t know if I have many photos of me with my sewing friends for today’s #igquiltfest prompt. It started with my visit to a local quilting shop where @amybythepark, then owner, recommended I take a class with @kathleenbaden, and met my little gang of open sew ladies. From there my little circle expanded as I found more friends through #quiltcon and @themqg, spreading across oceans and states and seasons of life (although I admittedly share the most in common with moms of young kids). My quilty friends know both what projects I might be working on next and also big life decisions that are the current hot topic. Thanks friends!! #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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An updated #igquiltfest post. In between a bit of work, children and chores, I cut a handful of rainbow/frown/smiles for #chainmail batting. Step 1! Hooray! #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Favorite color: aqua. For what it’s worth, it’s been my favorite color since I was a teenager. I tried to break up with it for my next quilt, but I couldn’t stay away. #igquiltfest #color #aqua #yellow #kona #konacotton #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Chain mail, fish scale update. 6 rows down, 6 to go, weight permitting. Moving along! 🐟 🐟 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Step 2! Basting half circle batting to one side of fabric. #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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