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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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:
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.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I hope to see you again soon.