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.

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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Happy pi day! Sewing more curves than I’ve ever sewn before! 😂😂 #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #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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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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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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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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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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Seeing double! A stack of 72 circles ready to be turned into 6 chainmail rows! #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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Happy National Quilting Day, although I’ve only been able to spend a total of 10 minutes prepping for the next batch here. It is what it is! #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #quilt #quilting #modernquilting #modern #modernquilts #originaldesign #batting #chainmail #wip #quiltinprogress #stephskardalquiltsapr2019 ...

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