The bright colors and carefree nature of kites make me happy. If you could hold on to the tail of a kite and it carried you away, you would never know where you would end up landing. If you had two kites, you could bring your best friend along too! So I designed the Spring Kites quilt to reflect my day dreams of magical kites carrying us away to a distant fairytale adventure on a perfect Spring day.
Once I started thinking about quilting, I could not put aside the idea of hand quilting the puffy clouds. I had never hand quilted before, so I watched a small Craftsy video, ordered my tools, and got started. On the first day I did about 2 inches of quilting in 2 hours, but I was hooked! The next day my flu got worse enough that I had to stay put. So I sat on the sofa and quilted the day away. It was very relaxing!! My stitches are not the smallest, but I think I achieved consistent stitch length – most of the time.
I really wanted to hand quilt the border, but I figured machine quilting that part would cause the hand quilting on the block to stand out more. Then I wrapped the whole mini up with a brown binding which anchors the quilt nicely without weighing it down. I now really love hand quilting and I love this little Spring quilt.
Recently, Amanda from What The Bobbin emailed me to let me know that Craftsy had featured both of my music quilts on their blog post – 7 Rockin’ Quilts for Music Lovers. Then Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs sent me an email saying the Music Notes pattern was number 1 on Craftsy and that I was a featured designer. Since I had no idea about either one of those, they came as great surprises. Very special thanks to both of you girls, my sweet quilty friends!!!
The 12″ Spring Kites quilt pattern is also available on Etsy and Craftsy. It’s an easy, fun and quick block to make. Although it’s a perfect Spring quilt pattern, I can see endless possibilities of playing with colors. I also included the kite tails embroidery template on the last page of the pattern file.