Kaleidoscopic Kites

Kaleidoscopic Kites Front

I am very excited to have this latest quilt finished to share with you. I planned this one last month and instantly knew this would be a great choice as my second free quilt pattern to offer on my blog.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Hangs

It really is a rainbow of color. Although my 4 year old is quite disturbed that I did not include purple. Honestly I just don’t have a lot of purple fabric. No fear, you can always replace the brown with purple if you’d like.

This is a great quilt for beginners. The cutting is easy. Each block only has 4 pieces so they go together rather quickly, especially if you are chain piecing. I used a variety of fabrics from my stash in order to have a scrappy look, but I think this pattern would look just as nice with solids, or all fabrics from one collection such as Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Back

The backing is my new favorite style of giant randomly placed blocks of fabric. I dug into my out of print fabric stash that I have been hanging on to – it felt good to really use it in large chunks. Kind of like spring cleaning for the fabric soul. The binding is an old print from Anna Maria Horner’s Garden Party line. This was the only print I had from the line and have been wondering what to do with it for awhile now, so again, it was good to see it in action. I quilted this one free motion style. The final size is about 63″ x 72″. It will be listed in the shop shortly.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Flies

I am finalizing the graphics and details for the pattern for this one and will post it probably no later than tomorrow! I hope you will come back and make one yourself. As always, you can find links to my patterns on the right column of this page, or by clicking on the Quilt + Patchwork Patterns tab at the top.

Update – the pattern is now available!

Munki in the Middle

Munki in the Middle Front

Monday I finished my latest quilt using Heather Ross’s Munki Munki fabric as well as other designs from her collections. Munki Munki is a company that sells clothing/pajamas made from Heather’s designs. Crazy people like me buy pieces of the pajamas, cut them up more, and use them in quilts. Lots of people sell pieces of Munki Munki pjs on Etsy as well as trade it on Flickr. You can also find it at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Munki in the Middle Front Top

For this quilt, I used the Heather Ross fabric for the center of each block. I included lots of whimsical prints – VW vans, campers, bikes, goldfish, tennis, the princess and the pea, mushrooms, gnomes, sushi….and more! Then I framed that in a coordinating solid. I used shot cottons and Moda cross weaves for these solids. Finally I completed the block in some of my favorite bright prints. The squares are 12″ each.

Munki in the Middle Front Bottom

I quilted this one with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the block seams (horizontal and vertical). Then I also added diagonal quilting through all the blocks.

Munki in the Middle Back

The back is a really fun print from Cosmo Cricket’s Snorkel collection. I have been saving it for a backing on just the right quilt and I think this was it. I love how the bright squares mirror the bright squares on the front. The binding is Kona Peacock.

Munki in the Middle Hangs

This one came together fairly quickly and it was great fun to cut into my Munki stash that I feel like I’ve been hoarding. It’s listed in the shop!

Spring is in the Air

Munki in the Middle Top

It has been so nice outside for at least 3 days straight now. The kids and I have been taking advantage of the weather by spending every moment we can outdoors. I have managed to put together a new quilt top during naptimes though. I hope to finish this week and share the full view with you then.

And it seems my flowers have also taken notice of the warmer temperatures (even though the weatherman keeps saying they are unseasonable.

First Blooms

I even broke out the picnic quilt today to catch some rays.

Picnic time!

I hope it’s beautiful where you are today!

Family Tree

Family Tree Full

Last Tuesday was my husband’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. How cool is that? You wouldn’t know she is 90, she has a more active social life than we do! The family had thrown out ideas of taking a big trip to celebrate, but we couldn’t really swing that since we are on a single income and life in Chicago isn’t exactly inexpensive. We wanted to do something special in our own way though, and then I remembered seeing this quilt on Flickr a few months ago. Perfect!

Family Tree Front Back

I had a couple concerns…first, we only had 11 people for the tree which is a lot less than the 20+ hands on the inspiration quilt. Also, the tree fabric on the inspiration quilt used was perfect, but out of print. (Joel Dewberry’s woodgrain in Chocolate). So…my tree ended up being a bit wider and I used the JD woodgrain I could find – light green – instead. Luckily it matched the Sweet Broderie fabric I used for the hands and border.

Family Tree Detail

I never have done applique before. I was a bit nervous, but it turned out great! Sandra has a great tutorial I used on her blog.

Family Tree Hand

I used my Bernina Embroidery Module to stitch the names for the hands and the initial in the center of the tree.

Family Tree Back

The back of the quilt is a bit wild…but I love it. It is from Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossoms line of fabric.

Family Tree Back Front

I quilted this one free motion and it measures about 72″ x 86″. It’s a big boy. LOL Half way through the quilting I started to wonder what I had gotten myself in to.

We are gifting this to her Sunday, I really hope she likes it but also uses it. :)