1 Meadow Friends Charm Pack
3/4 yard Meadow Friends 19486 14 (backing and binding)
3/4 – 1 yard Twill Tape or ribbon (the Moda twill tape from a Jelly Roll or Fat Quarter Stack is perfect)
Batting – at least 19″ x 27″
1. Select 16 charm squares for the kite.
2. Pair the 16 charm squares up, and with right sides together sew 1/4″ seams on the left and right edges.
4. Pair the 16 2-print pieces up (seam running left/right rather than top/bottom). With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seams on the left and right edges.
5. With the seams on the left and right hand sides, cut each pair in half. Iron open. You now have 16 4-patches. If you would like more variety in your 4-patches, feel free to make them from the additional charm squares… just make sure to leave 4 – 6 charm squares for a later step.
6. Arrange your 4-patches in the following order:
Row 1: 2 4-patches
Row 2: 4 4-patches
Row 3: 4 4-patches
Row 4: 3 4-patches
Row 5: 2 4-patches
Row 6: 1 4-patch
7. Layer batting and backing. Quilt as desired. Make sure to align your kite top to either the left or right side; the remaining fabric will be used for binding.
8. Now that your piece is quilted, we will cut it into the kite shape. Using your rotary cutter and ruler:
Cut 1: From the top center to the far right edge (bottom of row 4)
Cut 2: From the top center to the far left edge (bottom of row 4)
Cut 3: From the cut at the bottom of row 4 (right side) to the bottom center
Cut 4: From the cut at the bottom of row 4 (left side) to the bottom center
10. To make Kite Bows: layer 1 charm square (right side down), 1 5″ x 5″ piece batting, and 1 charm square (right side up). Free form stitch a bow shape, and cut out (I used a pinking shears for a little extra interest). Repeat for a second bow.
11. Attach the twill tape to the back of the kite with a few hand stitches (through the backing and batting, ensuring you don’t stitch through the quilt top). Attach bows to the twill tape, about 6″ to 8″ apart, using either a few hand stitches or with a couple of machine stitches.
12. Hang and enjoy a little bit of Spring!