Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Fly A Kite Quilt
Well, the name for this quilt was kinda obvious to me. I made it using October Afternoon for Riley Blake's Fly a Kite line. I have to say that I think this is my favorite quilt finish so far. It is my own design and I really like how the borders turned out especially since I had not done any until now.
I fussy cut the main fabric with the kids so that the pieces would highlight them flying kites and swinging. I also fussy cut the border pieces to try to get the kite and the dog too.
The binding is machine stitched using one of the coordinating fabrics that I also used in the patchwork. The quilting is very simple and sparse straight line around the seams. Again I used the Kona white for the backing. I really like how soft it is and how the white allows the fabrics to really stand out and keeps everything from getting too busy. It is 45 x 60" which is just perfect for a toddler or crib quilt. Now if I just had a toddler...
I always seem to make a little pillow too. I hate to waste any scraps or extra pieces and it's just so easy to make a matching pillow to go with the quilt. Plus I can usually get the pillows done in an afternoon so it is a nice instant gratification project.
The kite in the pillow was made by sewing 1 inch strips together lengthwise and then I cut a kite shape out of the white and sewed the stripped piece in behind it. I didn't turn the white under - I just stitched around the edge. I am actually hoping for a little fraying to add some texture to it. Then I embroidered the string for the tails and the wording in coordinating floss I already had on hand.
The tails are pieces of scrap cut with pointed ends, topstitched around the edges and then tied into a little knot. Then I just sewed them onto the embroidered tail string.
Honestly, I am going to have to start finding recipients for these little projects or open an etsy or something because I am running out of space to keep all these quilts. I have another quilt done that I haven't even shown you yet and I am in the middle of another something special for fall. Plus I went crazy at fatquarter.com the other day so there's likely to be a storm of sewing soon.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~