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.

Finally giving chainmail-fish-scale more structure by basting the rings to each other, going for something that lays/hangs a little flatter. #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Still going here! I haven’t shared many photos because it feels all the same to me. But here it is, with almost 8 rows on and 4 to go! #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Here’s my chainmail quilt without any sort of color orientation. And not disguised as a costume 😂😂 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #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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I’m starting a new fashion trend. It’s called modern quilt swamp monster. **** Unofficially done with this project!! Thank you a million for all the feedback yesterday. I think I’ll be doing a combination of delaying my decision and eventually going with basting stitches for temporary display/show purposes. ❤️🙌 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Chainmail fish scale, or fish scale chainmail?! I’ve been letting this quilt hang for a bit since we moved trying to figure out where I might submit it, and thinking through attaching baby sleeves/tabs. And looking forward to another future crazy quilt idea 😉😉😉😉 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Fourth row on here! Working title: “Fish scales” 🐠 😁 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Thread for #igquiltfest (Aurifil for piecing and quilting!) and a status update on my next batch (almost ready for quilting). Hooray. #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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I’m supposed to share my inspiration for today’s #igquiltfest. Mostly I’m inspired by textiles and lines everywhere - on the floor, on the wall, in architecture and products. And then figuring how I might bring that textile into a quilt. #wip. #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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So fun to share my trunk show / journey into quilting with the @trianglemqg this afternoon. And here’s @valbetweenquilts (winner of #QuiltCon people’s choice this year!) who was my cheerleader and @trianglemqg organizer, trying on my chainmail quilt - it’s fun to wear!! #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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Internal debate going on here and I’m open to feedback. I’m at 10 rows here. As expected, with the increase in weight, the rings pull on each other and hanging this is a little tricky. My original plan was to leave the rings unattached to each other so you can spin them and change color proportions, but if I ever want to hang this in a show I think it needs more stability. Should I a) affix temporary stitches when it’s ready to be in a show for easier hanging or b) consider double sided tape for temporary stabilization (because let’s be real, this will never be judged as a quilt quilt), c) delay this decision until it gets accepted or d) some other idea? Thanks!! #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #aurifil #aurifilthread #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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