Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

I am very excited to share my latest pattern with you, Kaleidoscopic Kites! This pattern is great for everyone, but especially for beginners. Each block has only 4 pieces and if you are familiar with chain piecing, you will make quick work of assembling these blocks.

The final quilt will measure around 63″ x 72″. Let’s get started!

1. Cut fabric. Below are fabric requirements, piece sizes and number of cuts.

Small Color Squares Fabric Requirements Size Cut
Light Yellow Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 6
Light Brown Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 8
Light Pink Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 12
Light Orange Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 14
Light Blue Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 10
Light Green Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 6
Large Color Squares Fabric Requirements Size Cut
Dark Yellow Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 6
Dark Brown 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 8
Dark Pink 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 12
Dark Orange 2/3 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 13
Dark Blue 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 10
Dark Green 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 7
Background Fabric Requirements Size Cut
White 2 yards 3.5″ x 6.5″ 112
Finishing Up Fabric Requirements
Binding 1 yard    
Backing 4 yards    

2. There are 18 different block layouts. Follow the below diagrams and sew squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should leave you with a 9.5″ square.

Tip: I find it helpful to make piles for all 18 block types, and then sew them together in sets. Be sure to keep track of your block letters (A thru S) as you will need to know that for the quilt top assembly in Step 3.

Block A
Dark Green/Light Yellow
Assemble 2
Block B
Dark Yellow/Light Yellow
Assemble 3
Block C
Dark Yellow/Light Brown
Assemble 2
Block D
Dark Brown/Light Yellow
Assemble 1
Block E
Dark Brown/Light Brown
Assemble 4
Block F
Dark Brown/Light Pink
Assemble 3
Block G
Dark Pink/Light Brown
Assemble 2
Block H
Dark Pink/Light Pink
Assemble 6
Block I
Dark Pink/Light Orange
Assemble 4
Block J
Dark Orange/Light Pink
Assemble 3
Block K
Dark Orange/Light Orange
Assemble 7
Block L
Dark Blue/Light Orange
Assemble 3
Block M
Dark Orange/Light Blue
Assemble 3
Block N
Dark Blue/Light Blue
Assemble 5
Block O
Dark Green/Light Blue
Assemble 2
Block P
Dark Blue/Light Green
Assemble 2
Block Q
Dark Green/Light Green
Assemble 3
Block R
Dark Yellow/Light Green
Assemble 1

3. Once your blocks are assembled, use the following diagram to lay out your quilt top. Assemble the top.

4. Create your backing, baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt!

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not copy the pattern, resell pattern or post copied text and/or sizes on your blog. Feel free to link as much as you want though! Thanks for understanding!

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

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78 Comments

  1. Reply

    The Hungry Crafter

    April 22, 2011

    Oh, this is wonderful — thank you, thank you!

  2. Reply

    Sue

    April 22, 2011

    That is an absolutely fabulous quilt! Thank you so much for your generosity.

  3. Reply

    Netta

    April 22, 2011

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  4. Reply

    liveacolorfullife

    April 22, 2011

    thanks so much for this awesome pattern!

  5. Reply

    Maria

    April 22, 2011

    Thanks so much for the great pattern! I’m definitely putting this one at the top of my “to make” list.

  6. Reply

    Rachael

    April 22, 2011

    going onto my to-do list, its so fun and pretty, thanks for the tut and clear instructions

  7. Reply

    Rachel

    April 22, 2011

    I love, love, love this pattern. You continue to impress me. This is definitely on my to-do list.

  8. Reply

    Kelly

    April 22, 2011

    Hello!

    This is beautiful! What would you recommend for making this into a king size quilt?

  9. Reply

    CarrieS

    April 22, 2011

    This is great! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂 I love the colors too!

  10. Reply

    bruinbr

    April 22, 2011

    LOVE it! Thank you for this awesome pattern! I always love how you make everything so detailed and clear. 🙂

  11. Reply

    Viv

    April 22, 2011

    Gorgeous !! I’m definitely going to make this.

  12. Reply

    Kara

    April 22, 2011

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to make one of my own! Thank you so much.

  13. Reply

    Gio

    April 22, 2011

    I’ll try this very soon. It’s gorgeous!!!

  14. Reply

    Janet K

    April 22, 2011

    This is a fantastic quilt – thanks for the free pattern!!

  15. Reply

    Kerri Kowal

    April 22, 2011

    I love this pattern and the quilt you made with it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Reply

    Karen H

    April 22, 2011

    Very pretty quilt. It is going on my “to do” list. Very nice thorough directions. You make it look so easy!

  17. Reply

    H2Ogirl

    April 23, 2011

    Lovely!

  18. Reply

    Nichole

    April 23, 2011

    this is so pretty! thanks for sharing the pattern!

  19. Reply

    Emily

    April 23, 2011

    This is awsoome! Thank you for not making it too rainbow-ish (as in roygbv). Can I be so bold as to offer up a time saving tip on the block making process? It looks to me that you could make a nine patch block with 6.5″ squares and cut it up like a disappearing nine patch to get the same result. I say this because I dislike cutting lots of tiny pieces. Just my two cents. 🙂

  20. Reply

    Ali

    April 23, 2011

    This is AMAZING!! I must add this pattern to my quilt queue and bump it up to the top!

  21. Reply

    CanadianKristin

    April 23, 2011

    Love this! So cheery and sunshiny and fun! Thank you for sharing!!!! I’m seeing Christmas fabrics in this…. oooh, like those fun paperchains they make in Kindergarten and string all around the classroom for the Christmas concert!

  22. Reply

    BJ

    April 24, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. I LOVE your quilt. I’d love to use up some of my stash on this beauty. It’s so generous of you to share your pattern. Thank you so much.

  23. Reply

    S Wise

    April 24, 2011

    Quick suggestion – this could be done like a disappearing nine patch. Especially if you were going to make it bigger.

  24. Reply

    Kristie at OCD

    April 24, 2011

    Very nice mod of the disappearing 9 patch! Love the rainbow effect 🙂

  25. Reply

    Kris

    April 24, 2011

    This is so beautiful!! Thank you so much for providing the pattern!! I wonder if you could do some of the construction as a disappearing nine patch and save a little bit of work?

  26. Reply

    Faith

    April 24, 2011

    Yep! If you are using all the same prints and/or solids you could definitely do disappearing 9-patches to save time. I wanted to have a very scrappy look with no more than 2 of the same print anywhere (preferably no duplicates) so I went with individual blocks.

  27. Reply

    Ann

    April 24, 2011

    Thanks you so much…this is wonderful. I’m going down to my sewing stash and start picking fabrics. Happy Easter.

  28. Reply

    tusen

    April 25, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I like the pattern very much – so simple yet so cleverly assembled to make a quilt with quite an intricate look.

  29. Reply

    Shannon Orr

    April 25, 2011

    Thank you so much for your detailed patterns and fresh design! Can’t wait to make one of my own, just a soon as I finish the other 10? pending projects on my desk!

  30. Reply

    Sue Bone

    May 1, 2011

    This is gorgeous. I had promised myself no new project until I’d finished three UFOs, but I can see this breaking my resolution.

  31. Reply

    Sue Bone

    May 2, 2011

    I just couldn’t resist. I’ve made a start and cut my background and half of the squares, s trip to the quilt store is needed tomorrow.

  32. Reply

    Cheri

    May 2, 2011

    Super! Thanks so much for sharing your directions. Love the quilt!

  33. Reply

    Jen

    May 3, 2011

    I have just started to sew again and I love the look of this quilt and it looks like I might be able to pull this off…so I think this is going to be my first stab at quilting! Thank you for sharing!!

  34. Reply

    Beth T.

    May 4, 2011

    Wow. Thanks for this. I think the use of prints really “makes” this quilt. It’s so vibrant and has such great energy.

  35. Reply

    ImperaMagna

    May 4, 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible quilt pattern…. have been looking for a hip-n-happenin’ quilt to make for one of my nieces… don’t have to look any further!

  36. Reply

    Miki

    May 4, 2011

    This is great. I love the colors. Thank you for sharing this pattern.

  37. Reply

    Goddess in Progress

    May 4, 2011

    Ooh, this is wonderful! Just followed the link through from Quiltstory, and am DEFINITELY bookmarking this one!

  38. Reply

    Amy C

    May 5, 2011

    So very cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern with us.

  39. Reply

    Annmarie

    May 9, 2011

    Thank-you sooooo much for sharing your pattern. You are a very generous person! I make alot of charity quilts & this will be a great addition to the patterns I use.

  40. Reply

    Dianne Giles

    May 9, 2011

    Faith – I really like this quilt!! Fresh, clean lines, good size and simple piecing. I also followed the link from Quiltstory. Thank you Faith, I look forward to more patterns from you. Now, to continue perusing your blog. Cheers, Dianne

  41. Reply

    Tiffany

    May 15, 2011

    Do you think that this would work using a 5 x5 square, 2.5 x 2.5 square, and a 2.5 x 5 rectangle? I realize the blocks would be smaller but then it would be a good project for charm packs. Thoughts?

    Love this quilt 🙂

    • Reply

      Faith

      May 15, 2011

      Great idea! That would work!

  42. Reply

    Casey

    August 5, 2011

    Hi there!

    I wanted to thank you so much for this pattern. I’m making now with batiks, and I am just in love with it. Your directions are so clear and the pictures so beautiful; this made my month. 🙂 Thanks again.

  43. Reply

    Bailey

    October 27, 2011

    This is a beautiful quilt! I have never made a quilt but your directions are very clear and this will be my first attempt. I was wondering what kind of fabric you used? Cotton? Also, I love the white background, what fabric is that called? The “bubbly” looks is great!

  44. Reply

    Dawn

    November 4, 2011

    This is a great quilt! Thank you so very much for the pattern.

  45. Reply

    Carrie

    December 12, 2011

    Pieced this quilt top today. It went really fast (esp for a beginning quilter). It gave me a chance to really focus on the fabric choices and not worry as much about the pattern. Plus I was able to use some random fabrics in my stash that I just hadn’t found a use for yet. I am super happy with how it came out!

  46. Reply

    Sónia

    April 29, 2012

    Done! It’s fantastic. If you want to see the result, check it on my blog. 🙂

  47. Reply

    Jeanne M. Wallace

    May 6, 2012

    Looks Great,, love it,,thanks for sharing HUGS Jeanne xox

  48. Reply

    Kathy Carpenter

    October 16, 2012

    I love it I cant wait to make one thank you foe sharing.

  49. Reply

    Rashmi

    October 19, 2012

    I am so in love with all your quilts. The patterns are so simple but the effect is stunning. I love the choice of fabric and colors. So cheerful bright and happy!

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      Sally

      December 30, 2012

      i llooooove this quilt! im a beginner quilter and im just not that clever with this stuff yet!!! Could you tell me how to make this a queen size quilt? its the first quilt my boyfriend and I agree on for our bed haha!!!! *

      • Reply

        Faith

        December 30, 2012

        Hi Sally – Thanks! Well – enlarging a quilt like this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Because there is a pattern, you will need to plan out how much bigger you need for a Queen sized quilt and then add blocks accordingly following the pattern. It will require a bit of math and probably a pencil and paper / planning. Good luck!

  50. Reply

    Emily

    December 29, 2012

    Faith,

    Hi! I am new to quilting and I just had a question about this quilt. When everything was put together and you began to do the actual quilting, what did you do? From pictures it looks like you did some form of stipple quilting only on the white areas? What did you do on the color blocks?

    Emily

    • Reply

      Faith

      December 30, 2012

      Hi Emily – This one I just meandered all over. I hope that helps!

  51. Reply

    Kendall

    January 23, 2013

    I love this idea- ran across it on pinterest and I bought my fabrics tonight! I’m gonna mix up the design a bit- I’ll be sure to send you a picture when I’m done!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PATTERN!!

  52. Reply

    Rhonda

    February 25, 2013

    I want to thank you for posting this! It will be the quilt that will help to save my life. I am 40 year smoker, after a week on Chantix, today is my quit day. One of the battles for a person who is quitting is the habit of smoking in addition to the addiction. Your quilt design is my choice to help me with my habit. Each time I find myself craving the habit of smoking, I go cut squares, and as I finish each color, the next craving finds me preparing the next color, and so on. I will carry this quilt for years to come, and again, thank you for the design, and the pattern.

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    Kathleen

    February 26, 2013

    Thanks for posting this quilt! I have been looking for inspiration for a quilt I want to make my cousin and his fiance for their wedding; but have yet to stumble upon something I think they will enjoy. But now I think I’ve found it!

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    "Gene"

    May 18, 2013

    What a thoughtful and generous gesture to share your quilt/w instructions on how to make one. It is beautiful and I hope I can make one just as nice.
    Wonderful directions for laying it out.

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    Nargis

    June 10, 2013

    This is so cute! I make a lot of charity quilts & always looking for free patters, this will be a great addition to the patters l use. God bless you & family.

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    jeanh

    June 26, 2013

    One of the commenters above asked how this could be made larger. Could we use a 10×10 large sq and a 5×5 small sq. and 10×5 for the long piece? Would that make a 14.5 in square?

    • Reply

      Faith

      June 26, 2013

      Hi Jeanh,

      I haven’t tried making this in various sizes, but I would recommend making 1 block in your sizes and seeing how it turns out. That’s the best way to find out! 🙂

      Thanks!
      Faith

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    Kalynn

    October 22, 2013

    Love this quilt, thanks so much for sharing.

  58. Reply

    Jessie

    October 30, 2013

    Really look forward to trying this one…in need of something different for a gift.

  59. Reply

    Preeti

    December 3, 2013

    Faith,

    I am a newbie quilter. Your pattern is beautiful – I love the color combinations. I believe that making a nine patch (with 6.5 squares, dark colored in the four corners, light color in the center and white everywhere else) and then cutting it in half – both horizontally and vertically will yield the same block (times 4) but will make it much simpler and faster. It is the Disappearing Nine Patch.

    • Reply

      Faith

      December 3, 2013

      Hi Preeti – Thanks! Yes, you can definitely make your blocks that way. You will just have a slightly less scrappy version and probably some left over components. Thanks!

  60. Reply

    Margaret

    January 29, 2014

    Dear Faith,

    I made this quilt (a first quilt for me) and it came out beautifully. I used a dark brown background as we have a chocolate lab and I know he’ll get on it… Anyway, I can’t thank you enough, this little project helped me through a bad time.

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    Julie Mishoe

    October 16, 2014

    I love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Melissa jameson

    January 1, 2015

    Have been urging myself to make this for several years and finally did it! Pattern was easy to follow. It’s also a breeze to assemble. I pinned my creation giving you credit on my Pinterest board. http://pinterest.com/pin/216665432048918354/

  63. Reply

    grace

    February 2, 2015

    Thank you so much for this .. I did a smaller variation for a baby quilt ..https://gquilts.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/baby-shower-day/

  64. Reply

    Jan Meyer

    April 8, 2015

    Love the pattern. Hope to do one soon. Thank you!

  65. Reply

    Rosalind Gutierrez

    April 8, 2015

    Luv your quilt design & color scheme.

  66. Reply

    Peggy Morton

    August 10, 2015

    How would you expand this quilt to make it to be a bedspread for a California King? I want to make a wedding quilt for my nephew.
    Thank you for your help. Peggy

    • Reply

      Faith

      August 11, 2015

      Hi Peggy! I’m glad you like the quilt! Expanding a pattern for a larger/different size can be a lot of work. I’d suggest grabbing some graph paper and marking off the size quilt you want. Then start filling in with the blocks and see how many you need/the layout. Good luck!

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    Jeanette

    December 13, 2015

    Thanks, I will be making this for sure. Love it.
    Jeanette

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    Gail

    December 30, 2015

    I look forward to making one of these. Thank you for sharing it with us. Because I am not good at total random scrappy quilts, I tend to like the rainbow quilts because they are a organized random. I was think maybe if there could be a way of doing this the disappearing 9-patch method. My brain is not twisting around it right now, but as I think about it, there may be a way. lol …probably easier for me to just follow the pattern …LOL

    • Reply

      Faith

      December 31, 2015

      Hi Gail! Yes, if you don’t want it scrappy you can absolutely make this using a disappearing nine patch. I don’t have the measurements for that, but I’m sure there are a lot of disappearing nine patch tutorials online to help. 🙂

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    Mary Beth

    November 11, 2016

    Beautiful quilt. Will try to make it crib size. Thinking that making the smaller squares as suggested by Tiffany will downsize it enough. Do you have any other suggestions?

    • Reply

      Faith

      November 11, 2016

      Hi Mary Beth – I think shrinking down the block size is your best bet! Make a test block first to make sure everything fits. Good luck!

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