I had never noticed a "kite in a square" block or quilt until I had a gift certificate to use and decided to search for "bloc loc" rulers in the store's website. I think that the bloc loc rulers are quite handy and when I saw this new-to-me one, I decided to treat myself. I got the set of rulers that make a block that finishes at 3" square, but there are many sizes for sale here on their website.
Fast forward 2 months, and I finally settled on making my kites black or dark gray, and the triangles bright colors - all very scrappy of course. After lots and lots of cutting (with the help of ctting templates that came in the bloc loc ruler pack), I had used all scrap pieces for the triangles. However, I did have to cut in to some stashed black fabric after I ran out of black scraps for my kites.
Once I had the blocks made and trimmed, I laid them out on my design wall. I documented this part of the process with a reel on my Instagram account. You can see it here. I really like being able to use my design wall for scrappy quilts. I can lay everything out and then more easily see if blocks need to be rearranged. From there I usually web-piece the quilt top together all at once working in columns. If you are new to the concept of web-piecing, you can check out some highlighted stories on my Instagram here.
There wasn't an easy way to nest the seams on these blocks. I lined the blocks and seams up the best that I could, knowing that with 3" blocks I really wouldn't notice whether seams were perfectly lined up or not on this quilt.
The points of the kites made for corners of blocks were a total of 12 seams came together. That meant that there was a lot of fabric in those intersections. So I after I assembled the quilt top, I gritted my teeth and pressed all the seams open.
I finished the quilt top at the end of January 2023.
Like most of the quilts that I've been making for myself lately, I chose to back it in minky and had it quilted by my local long-arm quilter. I went with the "dizzy izzy" quilting pattern from Urban Elementz.
This quilt has 440 blocks laid out 20 blocks wide and 22 blocks tall. With the blocks finishing at 3" square, that makes this quilt roughly 61" x 67".
There is no "pattern" for this quilt, should you choose to make something similar you will need 440 kite pieces and 440 of each triangle piece that goes on either side of the kite (880 total). When I laid the design out in EQ8, it estimated that I would need roughly 3 5/8 yards of fabric for the kite pieces, and 3 yards of fabric for the triangle pieces.
This quilt is destined for our basement movie room. It is going to be great for snuggling and also for camouflaging food and other dirt that it is sure to accumulate in this house.
If you want to stop by you can check out the hashtag that I used for this project: #kiteinasquarequilt on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by!