If you are a Modern Quilt Guild member, you received a newsletter today with a link to the free pattern of the month for August which is this, my Kite Tails Quilt Pattern! If you are not a member, you may now purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop or Craftsy shop.
Kite Tails is a paper pieced pattern that repeats one large block. Although this is a single block quilt, the blocks are rectangular and occasionally inverted. The end result has an irregular/random appearance. The negative space plays an important role in helping to create a dynamic design.
The finished quilt measures 60″ x 72.”
Cotton and Steel generously supplied me with the fabric for this quilt top. I chose some prints from each of the designer’s lines. It was fun mixing and matching their prints and I love the touches of metallic!
I used Warm and White batting and some straight line quilting in x’s that echo the piecing but are placed randomly throughout the columns of pieced “kite tails.”
These are just gratuitous quilt shots but I really love this one.
Oh, and this shot shows a bit of the backing which is one of my favorite parts of the quilt. I used Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Polka Dot 2013 for Kokka on an 85/15 cotton linen for the backing. It’s wide so I only needed to add a strip a couple inches of a solid down one edge. I found it still available at Sew Me A Song. Melody’s older line has bits of metallic and the arrows in common with her new collection for Cotton and Steel so it is a fun way to join the old and new together in this quilt.
This quilt could be made in so many fabric combinations. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.