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Kite Block Tutorial

Created By:

Victoria Newmyer

Skill Level: Intermediate

These little patchwork kites are perfect for framing and using as wall décor! Use your favorite fabrics to match your nursery theme or just to add a touch of whimsy in your sewing space!

I made my block using fabrics from the Daisy Collection, designed by Maureen Cracknell—a fellow Janome Maker! This is the perfect scrap-busting project!

Fabric and Notions Required

4 fabrics for the kite, sizes below:

  • Fabric A & B: Upper kite block prints: (1) 4” square of each print.
  • Fabric C & D: Lower kite block prints: (1) 4” x 6” rectangle of each print

 

Background: ¼ yard of fabric needed.

Cut into the following pieces:

  • (2) 4” squares to make upper kite units
  • (2) 4” x 6” rectangles to make lower kite units
  • (2) 4” x 6.5” rectangles for background
  • (2) 4” x 15.5” rectangles for background
Instructions

The Upper Kite Units

Gather one of the 4” squares and pair it with a 4” background square.

Mark the back of the background square along the diagonal and sew directly on the line you marked. Trim ¼” away from the seam. Trim to 3.5”. Open and press the seam open.

Repeat with the 2nd set of 4” print square and 4” background square.

Take the two half square triangles and sew them together so that the prints are touching as shown in the diagram below. Press the seam open.

 

 

The Lower Kite Units (half rectangle triangles)

Gather one of the 4” x 6” print rectangles and one of the 4” x 6” background rectangles.

You will need to place the fabrics together so that the corners align as shown below. Prior to marking your sewing line, be sure that the fabrics will be oriented the way you want them in the kite.

Hold the fabric in place and flip it open as though there is a seam to check orientation prior to sewing.

 

RIGHT SIDE TRIANGLE ALIGN FABRICS

Match corners

Background Corner A to Print Corner B

Background Corner D to Print Corner C

 

 

ALIGN FABRICS

 

 

TRIM SEAM

 

 

PRESS OPEN

 

Once you have the fabrics oriented properly, mark a line on the diagonal on the back of the background rectangle. Sew directly on the line you marked.

Double check that fabrics are oriented the way you want them for the kite. If correct, then trim ¼” away from the seam. You can discard the trimmings or keep them for another project.

Trim to the block to 3.5” x 5.5. Press the seam open.

For a video on trimming HRT blocks, go here: https://youtu.be/7dhuV508Mh0

Repeat with the remaining rectangles to form the other lower kite piece. Align the fabrics the opposite way to make the left side of the kite.

Sew the half rectangle triangles together so the prints touch. Press the seam open.

 

 

Assembling the Kite Block

Take your top half of the kite and align it with the lower half of the kite. Pin so the seams align at the intersection.

Sew together the halves and press the seam open.

 

Adding Background to fit in the frame:

To fit into an 8”x10” frame, take one 4” x 6.5” rectangle and sew it to the top of the block. Press the seam away from the kite block.

Take the second 4” x 6.5” rectangle and sew it to the bottom of the block. Press the seam away from the kite block.

Take a 4” x 15.5” rectangle and sew to the right of the kite block and press seam away from the kite block.

Take a 4” x 15.5” rectangle and sew to the left of the kite block. Press the seam away from the kite block

 

Orient the kite however you want. It can be straight up and down or on a diagonal like I did.

Once you have it how you want, you can use the frame glass or an 8” x 10” cardboard template to carefully mark around the edge to guide your trimming.

Trim down to 8” x 10”. You can frame it in an 8”x10” frame or use an 11”x14” shadowbox as shown.

 

Your kite block is ready to frame and hang!

If you prefer to quilt your block, add batting and a backing that measures 12” x 14” total. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. You can use a ribbon to hang it if you wish.

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Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Monday, February 26, 2018

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
plonkar
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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