I realised it has been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d show you something special. Here is the story of my Kite Flight Quilt. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this quilt at the end of last year. It’s so beautiful it gives me a big smile every time I go past it on the bed.
The Kite Flight Quilt is a pattern from Better Off Thread. I found the pattern here on the Robert Kaufman site. I happened across this picture on Pinterest (in this colourway) one day and it was love at first sight. I’ve done a couple of quilts with a white background so I thought I’d go for something different and chose a light grey shot cotton. I couldn’t resist my usual ‘all the colours’ approach to the colour scheme, so pulled out my stash and had a play. In the end I’ve used 27 different KONA shades for the quilt and it’s very cheery. The backing is a patterned poplin that complements quite a few of the colours perfectly. You can spy it being used on the pillowcases in the top picture.
The pattern is quite ingenious. Each colour set is pieced in long strips then cut into triangles. This method made it easy for me to add a few colours as I went along. I made up all my colours then decided I wanted a couple more, so I added the grey and pale pink sets. I ended up making the quilt huge…it’s 80″ square. I quickly realised that the size was way beyond my quilting skills so I decided to outsource.
I had the quilt custom quilted by Carolyn from Free Bird Quilting Designs. She did an absolutely gorgeous job on it. I am thrilled to bits with the design she created. I think it perfectly offsets the blocks so that at the right angle the quilting really shines but it’s not all you see. Quite simply beaufitul. Thank you Carolyn!
To keep your eyes on the colours and the quilting, the quilt is bound with the same grey shot cotton as the background. I machine stitched it on since I didn’t fancy taking the next 4 months to hand stitch the binding.
The quilt was originally intended for our bed, but it doesn’t quite match our room so it now takes pride of place on our guest bed. I actually think that’s a better solution as I can see it through out the day. What do you do with your finished quilts?