If you’re looking for a quick project to practice your half rectangle triangle (HRT) blocks and use up some scraps, well I’ve got the pattern for you!
This free mini-quilt pattern is called Scrappy Kites.
It was known around our house as Star Destroyers (à la Star Wars) for a while, but the kites won out in the end.
I’ve used a variety of yellow fabrics, some Kona Snow and Aqua and 3 Carolyn Friedlander low-volumes to make this version.
For some fun, I decided to make one of the kites aqua and frame another with aqua on the opposite side.
I kept the quilting nice and breezy which is what kites prefer, I suppose. Wavy line quilting with my walking foot is one of my favourites – I just use the block seams as the basic grid and I fill in from there. A few windy whirls and swirls would have looked good too, but I’m not a FMQer so maybe someone out there could try that for me?
The binding was a fast affair. I used a yellow zigzag fabric and machine sewed it with a zigzag stitch.
There are plenty of opportunities to play with colour in this design.
Here’s a ready-to-colour-in picture if you’d like to experiment (just right click and “Open Image in New Tab” – you can then print it from there.)
Here’s a rainbow version I was playing around with:
I think the inverted blocks add a bit of interest, but if you prefer straight up and down colour how about this one:
Which do you prefer?
If you’d like to make your own version of this mini-quilt, you can download the pattern below.
The HRTs in this pattern are compatible with Bloc_Loc rulers, but they are by no means necessary to make this mini-quilt. In fact I have a tutorial that shows you how to trim HRTs with just a standard quilting ruler, easy peasy.
I hope you have some fun with this – and as always, I love to see your work so let me know what you get up to!