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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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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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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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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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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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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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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