We used to have a baby board book that featured an illustration of an animal flying a kite, with this line:
“Have you seen my diamond kite? It’s green and blue and orange and white.”
The simple poetry of it got stuck in my head for months afterwards. It didn’t help that my daughter asked to read it a million times when she was one year old.
I thought of it again the other day. I had just finished making a quilt for my sister as a gift. My daughters thought that these on-point squares looked like kites.
That’s sort of an optical illusion, because they’re not diamonds (the typical kite shape) but more simple squares. The name seemed fitting somehow, though. So I decided to call it “Have You Seen My Kite?”
This quilt could be a medium-sized wall hanging or a small lap quilt.
For quilting this, I tried to “think outside the box” (pun intended). I wanted to be more creative with the quilting lines without getting overly involved or intricate. So instead of stitching in the ditch like I often do (or, I should say, trying not to miss the ditch), I stitched cream-colored lines about a quarter inch away from the diagonal seams on each side of the seam (inside AND outside the boxes). I thought it provided a nice framing device for these squares.
This quilt relied largely on my Civil War reproduction fabric stash, which is now being edged out by more batiks and solids. I’m starting to think about my crafting New Year’s resolutions, and none of them involve buying less fabric (since I can still tell myself I really don’t have THAT much — yet), but so far I’m vowing to finish more projects that I start, to try more contemporary styles, to learn more about hand-piecing and hand-quilting, and to take better photos of my quilts and projects for this blog!