The bright colours 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.
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 colours. I also included the kite tails embroidery template on the last page of the pattern file.