Kite Tails Quilt Pattern

Kite Tails Quilt Pattern by Amy Friend

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.”

Kite Tails by Amy Friend

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!

Kite Tails by Amy Friend

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.”

Kite Tails by Amy Friend

These are just gratuitous quilt shots but I really love this one.

Kite Tails by Amy Friend
And this one!

Kite Tails by Amy Friend


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.





  1. Sharon T says:

    I am a Modern Quilt Guild member and belong to a local guild in northern Illinois. Thank you very much for gifting us with your Kite Tail pattern! Love it!

  2. I downloaded the pattern this morning, it is lovely.

  3. I’m an individual member of the MQG, and popped over to say this looks fantastic and is a stunning example of how all the cotton+steel prints work so well together.

  4. Yay for gratuitous quilt shots. I’m a fan! This quilt came out beautifully, the colors and the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  5. It is just so playful and full of movement, it is dancing! XXOO Cat

  6. I just downloaded it from Craftsy but alas I will be in the island during August without a printer…. unless I can ask a stationary shop here if they’re willing to print for me…. It is a fantastic pattern!

  7. I’m not a quilter, but I LOVE this quilt (front AND back)!! Your posts are inspiring, but I just don’t have the time to add another craft at this time………..maybe I’ll try a really simple design this winter (when there’s not so much yard and pool work to be done). 😉

  8. It is a joyful quilt, Amy and you have some great photos here! Well done………..again. 🙂

  9. Amy – this is such an awesome quilt! Nicely done 🙂

  10. Love this pattern 🙂

  11. That is a super fun quilt! Would be a total scrap buster!

  12. This is a beautiful use of these beautiful new lines of fabric. I purchased all the basics, and one or two each of all the other lines (the selvages are fabulous, right?)

  13. I love this cheerful quilt;)

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