Kite Festival Modern Quilt // Finished Modern Quilt

Kite Festival

I’m happy to be sharing this finished Kite Festival Quilt with you. I started this quilt, ahem, 73 weeks ago. I know that because I scrolled through my instagram feed (@swimbikequilt) to see when I first started it, which happened to coincide with finding out my sister was pregnant. She had a boy, so I put it away again. I only worked on it during random DC Modern Quilt Guild meetings, and have been  teased at the sheer length of time it has taken me to finish it. Deservedly so.  You can read more about the inspiration and name in a post from last May.

Kite Festival Detail

I actually finished it because DC Modern is holding an upcoming quilt show at the Anacostia Arts Center.  The show is going to be fantastic, I really think you should come if you are in the area. I needed a reason to finish it up, and knew submitting it to the show could be that reason. I didn’t expect it to get in (and it didnt. This one did instead) but I’m still grateful for the impetus to finish it. I love the wavy line quilting I did with my walking foot. It reminds me of kite tails in the wind.

Kite Festival_Katie Blakesley 3

The front was made with a variety of prints from Field Study by Anna Maria Horner. I used a ton (15?) different neutrals in the background, and added a few leftover Field Study pieces to the front. There is a lot that I like about this quilt, and a lot that I would do differently, including taking out the really dark gray background pieces. It went together like a puzzle–I have an idea in my head for keeping the random feel without the frustration of putting together a ton of pieces that aren’t even close to the same size!

Kite Festival Quilt Back

I do love the back. I used up a variety of my leftover solids and Field Study pieces. And I learned that if I actually pin baste precisely, I can get the back to be straight with no problems! I actually made the back a few months ago when I was thinking about The Other Side of the Quilt. The linky party is still going on if you have any quilt backs you would like to add, or need some inspiration!


Happy quilting. And good luck finishing any works in progress, if you are at all like me! I have a few more to tackle and share in the next few weeks.


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  1. Posted February 6, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I really love this quilt. Congratulations on the long finish!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Erin. And thanks for saying hi!

  2. Posted February 6, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Very pretty! Absolutely love, love, love the back!!! And the wavy line quilting!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      It was certainly an experiment. I’m usually too impatient so my quilt backs aren’t super straight. With this one I knew I had to take a few more minutes or crazy would become crazier!

  3. Ruthann
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I love this quilt! Everything about it!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Thank you–it was fun to make and even more fun to finish. :)

  4. Posted February 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Really cool. What a great idea for all those trimmed off triangle corners I wish I hadn’t thrown away, lol!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      You will have to try it next time! Keep your triangle corners!

  5. Leanne
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I love this quilt, it is one you can keep looking at for a long while.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Leanne. And congrats on winning your blue ribbon! I love that quilt.

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