I am relieved to say that not only did I get the Scala baby quilt finished before baby’s arrival, but the quilt has also been received by the family before baby’s arrival. Whew! The baby’s due date is February 4th, but I think we all know that anything is possible this close to the due date. To celebrate the finish, I’m also releasing the digital quilt pattern for Scala and it’s bonus quilt (which I used as the quilt backing) today.
Fabric & Materials
For my version of Scala, I used Kona Cotton in Black, Putty, Dill (darkest green), Laurel, Spring, and Mint (lightest green). Based on what I learned from the piecing thread color test I did for my Cloudy Night Sky quilt, I used 50wt Aurifil 2692 (Black) to piece the quilt top.
I also used black batting for the first time with this quilt, and it worked perfectly! I was really happy with the Quilter’s Dream Dream Poly in black. It’s hard to tell in the photo above, but I’m removing the basting pins I used to pin the batting to the backing outside of the quilt top after I finished the quilting and just prior to trimming the quilt square. For those interested, I took measurements of the quilt so you can evaluate if this is a batting you might want to try:
- Pieced quilt top: 54½” square
- Squared size after quilting: 53¾” square
- After first wash: 51¾” square (~5% total shrinkage)
Some of the overall shrinkage noted above is definitely influenced by the density of quilting and type of quilting I chose for the quilt. Again, overall I was really satisfied with the batting throughout the entire quilt making and washing process.
As a reminder, above is a photograph of the baby’s room that I used as design inspiration for the quilt.
I chose to continue using the room as inspiration for the quilting, and I free motion quilted a meandering leaf motif using 50wt Aurifil 1114 (Grass Green). The green was a bolder choice against all of the black fabric than I normally use, but it was really easy to see the green as I was quilting and meant that I didn’t need to switch thread colors for different areas of the quilt top. Using a black thread on black fabric is one of the hardest quilting combinations for eyes, and I’m glad the green worked so well across the entire quilt. Because I knew I wanted to use this quilting motif, I actually used my Project Quilting 15.1 placemat from earlier in January as a practice piece to get into the flow for the quilt top.
Scala Pattern Details
Scala is a modern minimal quilt that was inspired by the decor in a room: black furniture, light green walls, and lots of hanging plants. The design is meant to invoke macrame hanging baskets, lanterns, and the metaphorical ladder like peaks and valleys we each climb daily. The pattern is offered in two sizes (baby and throw) and two colorways (multi-color and three-color), for a total of 4 options.
Scala Sizing / Finished Measurements
Baby: 54″ x 54″
Throw: 78″ x 78″
The piecing process for the Scala quilt creates bonus HSTs. The quilt pattern shows how to turn those HSTs into a bonus quilt, and you can opt for a stand alone pieced quilt (second quilt) or to upsize the bonus quilt to be large enough to use as a pieced backing for the Scala quilt top. I opted to upsize the bonus quilt and use it for the back of the baby quilt, and I love that I was able to use all of the pieces to make a double sided quilt top.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for her technical editing, consultation, and support as I worked through this design.
Pattern Release Sale
To celebrate the Scala digital pattern release, the pattern is on sale for $12 through Sunday, February 4th. Quilting Jetgirl Patrons: don’t forget to use your special coupon code for additional savings!
For everyone who purchases the Scala pattern, I’d love to know your thoughts on the bonus HSTs. Will you use the bonus HSTs for a pieced backing, to make a second quilt, or for another project?
Linking up with January 2024 Favorite Finish.