Flying Kite Quilt Block Pattern

 

Flying kites quilt block

Flying kites quilt block

The flying kite quilt block pattern was a request – and I’m really pleased that I made it.  Thanks for the suggestion, Ella.  It’s a really eyecatching block and also a happy and colourful way of using up scraps.  It’s not as complicated as it looks, but you do need to concentrate – I had to unpick several seams because I sewed two pieces together the wrong way round.  I have made it here as 12″ finished size block using eight different colours with white.  You may prefer to make it with fewer colours and it would be just as pretty.

Two different triangles

Two different triangles

Cutting requirements for the flying kite quilt block

7.1/4″ squares:  four coloured squares, one white

4.7/8″ squares:  four coloured squares

2.1/2″ by 6.7/8″ rectangles:  four white

Cut both diagonals

Cut both diagonals

Flying kite quilt block – first triangle

The entire flying kite quilt block is made using four each of two different triangles.    For the first triangle, cut all the 7.1/4″ squares along both diagonals.  If you are only making one block, this can be a little wasteful as you only need one triangle of each colour.

Place the coloured triangle on the right

Place the coloured triangle on the right

Place a coloured triangle and a white triangle together as shown.  You want the right angle (the square corner) of the triangles in the bottom of the middle of the overall triangle, and do be careful to place the white on the left and the coloured triangle on the right.  Sew the triangles to each other – make four of these.

Second triangle of the flying kites quilt block

Second triangle of the flying kites quilt block

Flying kite quilt block – second triangle

For the second triangle, cut the 4.7/8″ squares along one diagonal only.

Take the top left hand corner of the white rectangle and fold it down to the lower edge of the rectangle.  Cut along the fold that you have made and discard the small triangle that was the top left hand corner of the rectangle.  Sew the remaining white shape to the base of the coloured triangle, but do check the photo carefully to make sure that you get the pieces placed correctly.  The right angle of the coloured triangle should be placed bottom right so that you have a straight line down the right hand side of the overall triangle.  Make four of these.

Sew the triangles in pairs

Sew the triangles in pairs

Assembling the flying kite quilt block

Sew the triangles together in pairs to make squares.  Place the first triangle to the right and the second triangle to the left, and make sure to place them so that the white from one triangle lies next to the white of the other triangle.  You should have enough triangles to make four squares.  Each square is one quarter of the flying kite quilt block.

Place the four squares together

Place the four squares together

Place the four squares together to form a square.

Rotate them so that the white is always on the outside, with the coloured sections all meeting in the middle of the block.

Sew the squares together in two pairs and then sew the pairs together to complete the flying kite quilt block.

Here’s the video:

Flying kite quilt suggestion

Flying kite quilt suggestion

Here’s a digital image of an idea for using this block in a quilt.  For this I have used nine flying kite quilt blocks,  twelve plain blue blocks and four half square triangle blocks – one in each corner of the quilt.

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Rose

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  1. I also love this block. Have done it twice now and it looks beautiful. Had not thought about doing with scraps Another one to add to my list!! As you say it is simple, just concentrate when putting the triangles together.

    • Hi Nicola. I have quite a few triangles left over so I’ll probably be making several more blocks – some time when I’m feeling ready to concentrate!

  2. Hi Rose, I do love this block, it’s so pretty and it would look lovely if made into a quilt. Another one for my to do list.

    • Hi Jean. I love it but I was relieved when I had finished it – I had to unpick several times because I wasn’t concentrating enough.

  3. Dear Rose – this looks most impressive and a good way to use up the bits and pieces but if you have problems concentrating on the pattern I think I might really have a problem. Still just know that I’m not the only one unpicking seams. Thanks on the to-do file. all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. I think that I was just having an off day. It’s really not that difficult a block – very attractive, though.

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