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 makingย  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:ย  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. Karen B says:

    I really like this quilt as it can be sized in different ways, and lots of quilting ‘play room’. If i’m chosen as a winner, I would like Caryl Fallert’s “Color Flow Pinwheel jelly roll
    I feel like a winner though as I really enjoy your daily blog. Thanks

  2. Malea says:

    What a cute quilt! I love that pattern, and the precuts would alleviate all that pesky cutting!

    I would love to make a quilt with your Jeep 10″ stackers. My little boy spotted that fabric and made a special request! So fun!

  3. Cheryl L Buchanan says:

    I loved the colors of Darlene Zimmerman’s Sweet Charlotte 28 Fat Quarters Robert Kaufman Fabrics FQ-1148-28 by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I know this would make a beautiful quilt.

  4. Darleen Sanford says:

    So hard to chose. I like the Basic Grey Grunge. Already have some grunge fabric that I have not done anything with yet.

  5. Tara A says:

    I love this pattern! It’s so hard to pick from all that’s available. I think I’d like:
    Kona Cotton Bright 101 Palette Charm Square 101 5-inch Squares Charm Pack Robert Kaufman CHS-564-101 by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. That’s a lot of bright, fun squares!

  6. Sally Dixon says:

    So much to chose from! I love the Kaffe Fassett Collective Sweet. I discovered you through Alyssa Thomas, Penguin and Fish. Looking forward to her Sew-A-long using your chevron pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Pat T. says:

    Well, Christa! It’s another day on the hop, and it’s another *favorite quilt!* from your wonderful book! (Your book is going to keep me pretty busy for quite a while, I think!)
    I just love the versatility of your patterns, how each maker creates something beautiful and *unique!*… in their own style!
    Your shop has SO many fabrics!!… I didn’t realize just how very large the selection is!
    I would love to use a layer cake of Kate Spain’s Latitude in one of your quilt patterns!
    Pat T.

  8. Cathy C says:

    Lots of great bundles. I like the Hoffman Me & You Solid indah simple 24 FQ Bundle. Looks like a great collection to add to my stash

  9. Maryellen says:

    Nice design. I love American Jane and 3 Sisters, so anything from their collections would be sweet. Thanks.

  10. ninmah says:

    Oh, so many lovely choices! I think I would go for the Forest Frost Glitter II Jelly Roll — so pretty! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and sharing all the photos of your beautiful quilts!

  11. Mom C says:

    Love one of Kate Spain’s Early Bird precuts or Tula’s Tabby Road of Slow & Steady jelly rolls. Thanks.

  12. Susan says:

    Goodness gracious, you know a quilter can never pick just one especially with so many to choose from!! However, Just Another Walk in the Woods did catch my eye!

  13. Vanessa Stewart says:

    I love your shop….oh but so many wonderful fabrics to pick from, I would love anything. This blog hop has been so fun and inspiring. I would love Kate Spain Bella Solids, I have several precuts from her other lines and your book has given me some fabulous ideas.

  14. Claudia says:

    So difficult to choose only one! Basically any of the French General layer cakes would do the trick.

  15. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh, decisions, decisions! Almost too many pretties to look at!

    I want to make each of my nieces and nephews a quilt that matches their personality. The Pam Goecke Dinndorf Figment Ten Square reminds me of my niece Molly so that would be my pick. She’s an artist and I think she would love the colors and designs in it.

  16. Karen White says:

    Christa, I couldn’t possibly just pick one out of all the gorgeous things on the pre-cut pages so I would say if I would be lucky enough to be the winner, anything you would send I would love.

  17. Deb S says:

    I love the Roses and Chocolates II jelly roll – partly because of the name – but love brown and pink quilts!

  18. Tammi Williams says:

    Difficult to choose, so many great fabrics right now! PondI cherry by French General is probably at the top! You have jelly rolls in stock I see. Followed closely by Ann Arbor layer cake by Minick & Simpson…..ohhhh. the list could go on for hours! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ Excited to get a copy of your book after all the posts the last wee. Very encouraging! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  19. Pam White says:

    Tula Pink True Colors 10 inch layer cake! Very hard to choose!!! I just love the last quilting design above in your blog on the white.

  20. shoshana says:

    hard to pick just one but the shadow play neutrals jelly roll by mayweed studios is one i would love to win. thanks for the chance

  21. Sue Holman says:

    My choice would be:
    Kate Spain Latitude Batiks Layer Cake 42 10-inch Squares Moda Fabrics 27250LC

  22. Beth Stanfield says:

    I’m excited because I got your book in the mail just now!!! After dinner with decaf…
    I enjoyed browsing your Amazon shop! I would love to win the layer cake of
    Kate Spain Latitude batiks or the
    Dolly Jean layer cake by Darlene Z.
    Gotta make a girl baby quilt soon and these would work beautifully! Thanks.

  23. edel duffy says:

    hi Christa id love to get Convent garden 2.5″ strip. what’s more if I win I will shop to make the parcel worth posting as I’m well used to paying the postage as we cannot access the fab fabrics in your store locally, thanks for all the ideas for the last 10 days

  24. Chris K. says:

    I think it would have to be Kaffe Fassett Collective Classics Spring 2017 Sunshine 10″ Squares 42 10-inch Squares Free Spirit. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Kathie L says:

    I like Rad and & Happy Creative Rockstar 10 inch stacker. It would be good for a boy or girl. THanks for the giveaway.

  26. Geri A says:

    I adore Bonnie & Camille or 3 Sisters, Corey Yoder and Pat Sloan, so to win anything would be a dream come true!

  27. Lisa Marie says:

    I would choose Lulu Lane Layer Cake, 42 – 10″ Precut Fabric Quilt Squares By Corey Yoder for Moda.

  28. Dara Mervine says:

    Precuts are my new go to for quick and easy quilting. They save me so much time and there are endless patterns and ideas to incorporate the different cuts. I would love to have Maria Kalinowski Mexicali Fresh Layer Cake by Benartex. I like strong colors and contrast and this one is full of both.

  29. Nancy says:

    I would pick Moda 18640JR Fabrics Guernsey Florals by Brenda Riddle Jelly Roll 40 Fabric Strips 2.5 by 44 if I won! Thanks for sharing and all your great ideas. Gives me lots of inspiration.

  30. Pamela Cincotta says:

    This blog hop has me looking at precuts in a new way, Love the Maria Kalenowski Mexicali Fresh 10″ layer cake bundle!

  31. Linda says:

    I love so many of them that it is very difficult to choose. I think my tops are the following. Normally, I wouldn’t lean toward any dark material but I’m making some charity quilts for Project Linus and they need quilts for the older boys.
    * Heather Bailey HELLO LOVE Precut 10″ Squares Charm Pack Cotton Fabric Quilting Assortment Layer Cake Free Spirit 10-inch FB610HB.42016
    * 30’s Playtime 2017 by Chloe’s Closet Jelly Roll 40 2.5-inch Strips Moda Fabrics
    * Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? 8 Fat Quarter + 1 Panel Bundle Robert Kaufman Fabrics FQ-1147-9
    * Riley Blake BASICS VARIETY BLACK White 12 Fat Quarters Quilt Fabric FQ-110-12
    * Riley Blake BASICS VARIETY BROWN 12 Fat Quarters Quilt Fabric FQ-90-12
    * Lunn Studios Artisan Batiks Enchanted Wineberry Roll Up 40 2.5-inch Strips Robert Kaufman RU-611-40

  32. JennyH says:

    I choose the Lunn Studios Artisan Batiks Cornucopia 8 layer cake – I am longing for fall right now!

  33. Allison Evrard says:

    This hop was terrific! Thanks, Christa! If I win I’d love a Gooseberry Lane layer cake by Kansas Troubles.

  34. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    Oh La La – difficult to choose but ultimately I picked “Nordic Stitches” Jelly Roll by Moda.

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