Today is my day on the AccuQuilt Block Party Blog Hop. In my last post, I gave you a sneak peak of the GO! Kite cutting die #55254. At the time, I was still deciding on my fabrics.
After looking at ALL my options, I decided to use red, white, and blue fabrics. I also played with color placement to create a secondary pattern.
I really like that you can cut all the pieces you need for each Kite block unit at the same time. I’m making a small project and using a couple different colors for each shape. So, I cut my fabrics into rectangles, that way I could cover only the shape I wanted to cut. Then I layered two like-fabric rectangles on top of the appropriate shapes, and placed the cutting mat on top of the fabric.
I rolled it through the cutter … Violá! Two units cut out! How cool is that!
To make the best use of my fabric, I cut the red rectangles 5 1/2″ x 9″. After cutting the first shape, I rotated the red rectangles and cut two more units.
In less than 10 minutes, I had cut out all the shapes and was ready to start sewing. One of the great things about this die is the dog ears have been trimmed. That makes aligning the pieces easy peasy! Just align the raw edges and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press the seam allowances to one side. Add the next piece and press. Super easy!
Once all the units were finished, I joined four units to make a Kite block.
I made four identical blocks and then join those blocks to make a larger block.
Originally, I thought I would add a couple borders to make a 21″ x 21″ Patriotic Table Topper. Perfect for decorating my table on the 4th of July.
On the other hand, if I made 12 large blocks I would have a fabulous 57″ x 73″ Quilt of Valor! Just imagine what a special quilt that would be!
Until next time…Happy Quilting! ~Nancy