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Moving It Forward~ Stars and Kites tutorial

You may remember about a month ago I shareda quiltmy guild is making.  I had forgotten to take a picture.  Fortunately, Brenda shared her picture with me.  Isn’t it lovely.  I really like how Vivian used a black print to outline her kites and stars.  If you click on the picture you can see what a beautiful job Ruth did quilting it.

I had some interest in how this quilt is made.  So I thought I’d share.  To make your kite template, start with a 6 1/2″ square piece of paper.  Measure 2 1/2″ away from one corner both directions and make a mark.  In the opposite corner measure 1/4″ in both directions and make a mark.  Connect the marks as shown.  This creates your template.

 Mount on lightweight cardboard.  I use cereal and cracker boxes.  Then cut out.

Cut out a 6 1/2″ strip of fabric that you want to use for your stars.  I put about four layers together.  Trace your template on the strip as shown.  You may have to click on the picture in order to see the drawn templates.  Continue in this manner along the length of your strip.  Cut out.  

Using a 6 1/2″ foundation square (I used an old phone book page)  glue, baste, or pin your kite in place.

 If you are outlining your kites and stars, use a 1″ wide strip and sew to the side of your kite.

Press and trim excess.

 Repeat process on the other side of your kite.  I found I was less likely to forget this step if I did both sides at the same time.

 Using your kite strips (I used mostly 1 1/2″ strips though I had a few that were a little bigger or a little smaller) sew to one side of your kite.

 Continue sewing strips until your foundation is covered.

 Trim your strips

 Repeat this process on the opposite side.

 Continue making blocks until you have reached your desired size quilt.  Vivian made her’s 8 x 12 with a wide border.  I’m planning on 10 x 12.  without a border. 

So I’m about a quarter of the way there.  Now that you’ve seen my progress, I’d love to see yours.  Link up and share what you are moving forward.

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  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    I got fabric dyed ready to piece for a backing

  • P. says:

    What a great quilt! Thanks so much for the tutorial on how the blocks are made.

  • Jan says:

    Thank you. I really like this

  • Wendy Caton Reed says:

    Thanks for the super tutorial!

  • For the love of geese says:

    I love that yellow. It looks very vintage. Thank you for the linky party. For the love of geese

  • Cathy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Unfortunately I used a different tutorial that didn't allow for the 1/4 inch seam and I didn't even think about that before I started making blocks. Next time I'll use yours!!

  • Kristi says:

    Looks like you started with an orange strip next to the yellow, then random colors. Beautiful!

  • Cynthia Brunz Designs says:

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial with Oh Scrap! I have always wanted to make one of these.

  • Alycia~Quiltygirl says:

    I really like your colors on this one! Thanks for the Tute!!

  • Rebecca Grace says:

    Thanks for sharing the kites and stars tutorial! I love that quilt and had wondered how it was made.

  • mangozz says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have always loved this design. One question though, how much fabric should I plan on for the yellow section for a full size quilt? I'd like to use some fabric from my stash but don't want to run short. Just an educated guess will be fine and I won't hold you to it. Thanks.

  • LintLady says:

    I just found your blog. It's very interesting and I will come and visite you now more often. I hope you don't mind, that my blog is in German (I linked it up here).
    Thank you for the tutorials.
    Happy weekens, Doris :o)

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