Kite Shape – a “What would happen if…” Experiment

So, what would happen if I sewed strip sets, cut them into rectangles, placed them right sides together, sewed two diagonal seams down the middle then cut on the diagonal?  This is what happened:

Kite Shape Experiment1

Here is the process for how I did it. I did not land on my dimensions for the strip set rectangles using any specific formula, I just wanted to see what would happen. 🙂

I took four – 2 1/2″ strips from pre-cut Jelly Rolls using two solids and two patterns to make two strip sets.

Kite Shape 01

Sew one solid strip to one pattern strip using a 1/4″ seam.

Sub-cut the strip sets into 8 inch lengths.  You end up with rectangles equaling 4 1/2″ x 8″.

Kite Shape 02

Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the rectangles from corner to corner.  If you want each additional block you make to turn out the same, pay attention to from which corner and which strip set rectangle you are drawing the diagonal line.  You’ll need to use the same rectangles and draw the same diagonal line in the same direction for each block you make to stay consistent.

Kite Shape 03

Take the rectangle on which you drew the line and place it on top of a rectangle from the other strip set, right sides together making sure a solid strip from one rectangle is on top of a print strip from the other.

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Line up your center seams.  I pinned the two blocks together where the seams lined up to make them more stable for sewing my diagonal line.  Stitch 1/4″ away from the drawn line, down each side of the line.

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Cut down the drawn line to give you two kite-shaped blocks.  I pressed the seams open on these blocks.

Kite Shape 07

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Before you sew them together you’ll want to trim off the little pieces (dog-ears) hanging off the ends.

Now you get to decide how you want to use these in a quilt!  Here are three options I played with but I know there are probably many more:

1. Sew three kites together along the long sides to make a “fan” shape.

When I did this they weren’t exactly straight along the bottom edge so I just cut it straight.  I didn’t really care that one side might not be perfectly even with the other.  This may have occurred by not sewing very carefully or my dimensions caused it. Since this was an experiment that’s what I got. 🙂

Not yet sewn, just sitting together:

Kite Shape 09b

Here is the trimmed bottom after sewing them together.

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Now what would happen if I sewed two of the fan shapes together?  I got a big hexagon.

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2. Sew the short sides of three kites together to make a triangle.

Yes, this results in having to sew a Y-seam.  But it’s a really neat big triangle, so I coped with the Y seam.  Here is a link to a tutorial for sewing Y-seams that worked for this block:

Kaye Woods Easy Y-Seams

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3.  Sew oversized triangles to each side of the kite to form a square or rectangular block.

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Depending on how large you want to make the block or if it’s square or rectangle, you would have to determine what size triangle to use.  I generally oversize them so I can cut it down rather than try to determine an exact measurement.

Here’s an example of a possible quilt layout using the large triangles:

Kite Shape Quilt Ex

For this experiment the colors were not planned.  I just grabbed some strips I liked.  With more planning I think some wonderful quilts could come out of this technique.  You could use just two colors, three colors, or four colors (as I did).  I am not a fan of how the reds meet up in the center, so if I make this quilt I have to choose some different color combinations. :/

I hope this gives you some inspiration to play with this technique!

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