2024 Finished Quilts, Quilt Pattern

Scala {Finished Quilt and Pattern Release}

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

Scala - Fabric Prep

Scala – Fabric

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.

Removing Basting Pins - Black Batting

Removing Basting Pins – Black Batting

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.


Photo of Room for Inspiration

Photo of Room for Inspiration

As a reminder, above is a photograph of the baby’s room that I used as design inspiration for the quilt.

Scala - Detail of Quilting

Scala – Detail of Quilting

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″

Scala Bonus Quilt - Pieced Backing

Scala Bonus Quilt – Pieced Backing

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.

Thank You!

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!

Scala - Bonus Quilt Backing

Scala – Bonus Quilt Backing

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.

11 thoughts on “Scala {Finished Quilt and Pattern Release}

  1. Cindy Pieters says:

    The black and greens look great together and the quilting motif all done in green adds a nice touch. The use of the bonus HST’s in the backing are a wonderful touch.

  2. The quilt will be the centerpiece of that very cool room (meant in a complementary way and a temperature way!). And style points for your green shirt!

  3. This looks fabulous and hooray for beating the baby’s arrival. I love the greens you used in the quilt and the quilting thread. One of my very first quilts I hand quilted in black, thinking it would be a good idea. Couldn’t see a stitch! Wishing you great luck with a beautiful pattern. But more importantly, hope a picture of the little one on quilt comes soon – my favorite thing about baby quilts is that pic from the parents.

  4. aquilterstable says:

    Lovely finish and it fits the room so nicely. I was interested to hear about the black batting, and enjoyed seeing the backing made from pieces left from the front. I’m sure baby’s family is thrilled!

  5. A fabulous finish, Yvonne! I’m sure it’s a well-appreciated addition to Baby’s nursery. : )

  6. Those soft greens are so lovely, and this is another very cool design, Yvonne! I notice that you color-coordinated your clothing to the quilt while you were removing those basting pins – was that planned? 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    Such a fun quilt for a baby. Congrats on the finish and on getting the pattern published.

  8. Wonderful quilt that is going to look terrific in their baby’s room. I’ve had a long love for interesting quilt back so this one really makes me grin!

  9. Stunning. I particularly like how you designed a second quilt to use the scraps from the first.

  10. Sally says:

    Great colors. What a fun quilt!

  11. This design is lovely and the bonus back…awesome! Love the colors as I am always a green and black fan!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)