Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 9: Kites

Ready for a whopper of a quilt?? The take a look at Kites. It’s the biggest quilt patterned in Piece and Quilt with Precuts, and yes, I totally quilted it on my regular sewing machine!! The key is to only handle a small area of the quilt under the machine at one time. Then “scrunch and smoosh” the rest of the quilt out of the way, however you can!!

Kites Quilt from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Kites Photography courtesy of Martingale/That Patchwork Place and Brent Kane

Piece It

Kites is so big because it’s made from 3 different sized squares: 10″, 5″ and 2 1/2″. They can be all from the same collection as shown in my version, or your can mix them up to create more of a scrappy looking quilt. The background is made from one jelly roll (2 1/2″ x 42″ strips) and layer cake (10″ x 10″ squares) of the same light colored fabric. So this quilt uses up a LOT of precuts!

The blocks look sort of like an abstract representation of Kites (hence the name), but in the book I’ve also included an alternate layout that makes the quilt look completely different!

Quilting on Kites from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Detail of quilting from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Quilt It

The machine quilting is a combination of walking foot and free-motion. It uses my super simple divide and conquer process in 3 steps:

  • Step 1 – stitch in the ditch around the blocks with a walking foot. This will help stabilize the quilt for additional quilting later. It also allows you to jump around the quilt however you like.
  • Step 2 – quilt “something” in the background. And I literally mean any design you like!
  • Step 3 – quilt another “something” in the blocks – any one you choose!

Quilting detail on Kites from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Choose any two free-motion designs you like and quilt them together in this quilt.

My “somethings” for this quilt are a combination of packed flowers and double circles. As long as the two designs you choose have different densities, they’ll look great together!

More Kites inspiration

Check out the inspiring pics below and don’t feel like you have to make the same queen sized quilt that I did (unless of course you want to). This design is so versatile that it looks great in any size! Simply make fewer blocks for a smaller quilt.

Pam Cobb: The Stitch TV Show

If you haven’t yet discovered Pam’s YouTube show, along with her partner in crime Lynn, then you are in for a real treat! Not only do the gals from The Stitch TV Show serve up an entertaining online show twice a month, they are quite prolific pattern designers in their own right!

Closeup of Kites made by Pam Cobb of The Stitch

Check out this closeup of Pam’s beautiful quilting. I think her packed flowers look even better than mine!! Pop on over to The Stitch to see the size of her finished version, and for more about her process.

Oh, and did you know that Pam’s name is really an acronym for how she gets so much sewing done while working full time and taking care of a family? It stands for making  Progress in Achievable Moments so she can actually get things done. Now I’m jealous that I don’t have an acronym for my name!!

Rashida Khanbhai:  No. 3 Quilt Studio

Rashida's version of Kites

Check out this baby-sized version of Kites made by Rashida. Don’t you love the bright colors? I love how she went way back to the beginning of the book to choose one of the walking foot quilting designs to finish her quilt quickly. As I’ve said throughout the hop, you really can mix and match any of the quilting designs on any of the quilts!

Visit Rashida’s blog to read more about her progress and see more inspiring pics. She actually made the quilt twice with two slightly different quilting designs. Check it out to see the variations!

Jen Rosin: A Dream and a Stitch

Kite "flimsy" in progress

Jen agrees with me – the full size pattern is BIG!! I wanted to include at least one queen sized quilt in the book to give you plenty of options to choose from.

I think Jen did a fantastic job making this pretty quilt top. Here’s a peek of just a few of the fabrics she chose. Click here to visit Jen’s blog to see the full quilt top and her work in progress. I love seeing all of the variations!

Today’s Gift:
Win a Bundle of your Choice from The Precut STore!

The Precut Store

My better half, Jason, manages the other part of our business at ThePrecutStore.com. He gets to decide which precuts to carry and how many to buy for the shop, while I’m out traveling and teaching. It works well for our personalities: he loves to stay home and away from social media, while I love getting out in the quilty world and meeting so many of you!!

We carry nearly any precut you can think of along with Aurifil thread in nearly all the colors. In fact, the main catalyst for focusing on precuts in this book was to answer the question we get so often: “What can I make from precuts?”


Just a few of the precuts we stock in our store.

The best thing about running our shop is that we do it via Amazon’s storefront. That means Prime customers get 2 day free shipping, and satisfaction is guaranteed!

Today, one lucky winner will win a precut bundle of your choice from anything we stock in our shop. To enter, take a look at The Precut Store and pick out your favorite bundle that you’d like to win (up to $39.99 value). Then leave me a comment on this post letting me know what it is. At the end of the hop, on the morning of Aug. 31st I’ll choose a winner and notify them via email! This giveaway is open to all, as long as international winners are okay with paying shipping.

Free motion quilting jagged stipple

Quilting tip: practice new designs on a scrap of fabric and batting first!

If you’ve been inspired to make any of the quilts from Piece and Quilt with Precuts, be sure and share pics of your progress in my Facebook Group: Quilt with Christa. I’d sure love to see them, and other group members would, too!

Update: Winner Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Linda S. Who has been contacted via email.























114 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 9: Kites

  1. Frances Quigley says:

    I really like the Kona Solids. I am so anxious to make a solids quilt. They are so popular now.

  2. mlmcspadden says:

    Great quilt! I need to keep it in mind when I’m working through some of my larger scraps and my novelty print fabrics for kids. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I love the Benartex LULLABY BALIS Batiks Pinwheel 2.5-inch Quilting Strips Jelly Roll.

  3. Estie says:

    My favorite is the Lunn Artisan Batiks assorted summer spectrum roll up by Robert Kaufman — beautiful!

  4. LINDA says:

    I’m enjoying this blog hop! LOVE your Designer Palette o+ ’30’s Playtime 2017 layer cake! Thank You for sharing!

  5. Gloria Cotten says:

    Thanks for the very generous giveaway ! I would choose the Cornucopua 8 jelly roll from Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks or, since there is only 1 of those left, the Rain Forest Green jelly roll also from
    Artisan Batiks. Thanks again! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

  6. Gloria Cotten says:

    Thanks for the generous giveaway ! I would choose the Cornucopia 8 roll up from Artisan Batiks or ( since there are only 2 left) the Rain Forest Green jelly roll up also from Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks. Thanks again! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

  7. Glenna D. says:

    I am loving your quilts in your new book, and the quilting is amazing. I would enjoy the 23088D Designer Essentials 10″ charm pack – it might help me reduce my stash to have some neutrals to mix in.

  8. wannajava says:

    Sweet water Sunday supper is full of my favorite colors. So hard to choose, you have an amazing assortment, now I know where to shop. Thank You so much.

  9. adreamandastitch says:

    Thanks for all of the amazing giveaways for this hop Christa! Not sure if I am eligible, but I just love that Robert Kaufman Darling Clementine jelly roll. I might have an idea for this one already. 🙂

  10. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    I choose Kona bundle dusk to dawn or any blue or lavender bundle!!
    Thank you!
    I love your quilts!!

  11. Janet T says:

    I like the Lunn Studios Artisan Batiks Grove 3 12 Fat Quarter Bundle. But I would take anything you would like to give me. Thank you for such a nice blog hop!

  12. Lucy Blum says:

    So many beautiful choices! I really need some solids – cream or light blue for the “Kites” pattern!

  13. dawnhollingsworth says:

    I would LOVE your Designer Palette or ’30’s Playtime 2017 layer cake. I’m really enjoying this blog hop! Thank you!

  14. Donna W says:

    Blackbird Designs Sweet Cherry Wine Jelly Roll is one of my favorites. Love this quilt. thanks for the chance.

  15. Kathy E. says:

    So many fabulous choices! I’d love to make one of your quilts from this book, Christa! From your online store, I like Art Gallery’s Lower The Volume fq bundle.

  16. Zina says:

    Wow, you have such a great selection! I would love the Merrily layer cake by Gingiber. I’ve had my eye on that one for a while, lol!

  17. Faith says:

    So many lovely choices it would be hard to narrow it down to one! My current favorites are the Kona solids and anything from Denyse Schmidt and Kaffe Fassett. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  18. Judy says:

    Went to your web site. Nice to know that you use Prime shipping. Fast is good! I really like Robert Kaufman s Kona Solids Sunset Palette 43Pcs precut jelly roll. Wonderful colors.

  19. Susan Stanton says:

    Would love to see this new book of yours! I like the Coney Island layer cake. So many choices, oh my!

  20. Diane Paul says:

    I would love to have the Bali Batiks dot ops Nirvana jelly roll. I think that would make a really neat looking “kite” quilt.

  21. Julie says:

    I would love the Sweet Blend jelly roll by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. This has been on my wish list for awhile. I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity to win some loveliness!

  22. Hedy Hahn says:

    I really like so many but the Kona jelly roll strip of bright colors got my eye right away. I really want to thank you for offering a book on precuts as I’m using them more and more. I think it’s just so easy to reach over and get some and start sewing right away. I’m not into fancy quilts but mine do turn out really pretty so thanks again for thinking of folks like me.

  23. Christi says:

    I would love Lunn Studios PRISMA DYES PLUM PERFECT BATIKS Fat Quarter Bundle 15 Precut Cotton Fabric Quilting FQs. I have a quilt in mind. It is $2 more then the $39 but I would be happy to pay the extra.

  24. Lisa Weers says:

    Robert Kaufman Strips Kona 40 Piece Cotton Ratatouille Fabric, 2-1/2″ I love the Kona solids!!!
    Any and all!!!
    Fingers crossed!

  25. DeniseClason says:

    I really like Bonnie and Camille’s fabric. Can’t wait to win and get the book! ➰✂️❇️🔺🔷💟

  26. Kim from Calgary says:

    I love Lunn Studios Artisan Batiks Assorted Earth and Sky Roll Up 40 2.5-inch Strips Robert Kaufman. These are my colours!

  27. Lisa Wolf Johnson says:

    I love the bright colors of the Kona Cotton Brite 101 Palette Charm Square 5″ charm square pack.

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