Let’s Go Fly a Kite-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Kite, Free Motion Quilting….Up to the highest height…Up to the atmosphere…

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Tuesday–It’s time for another free  motion (or long arm) quilting tutorial.

We’re flying high with a fun motif.

This modern, whimsical motif would look great on any quilt.  While it is clearly more modern, I love when quilters add a little surprise in their more traditional quilts.  A kite would be so unexpected stitched in a traditional quilt.   (NOTE to Self–try some samples of kites and feathers…)

What about YOU?  are you up for a little free motion challenge?


This motif looks great stitched in any size and with small and large kites all together.  For this sample, draw three lines, one inch apart.

I stitched this motif from the bottom toward the top.

Begin stitching the kite string first.  On the middle line, stitch a wavy kite string, then stitch the kite tail by stitching a loose Twist motif.

Kite, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch up a few more stitches.

Kite, Free Motion Quilting


Add the kite shape–anything close will look great.

Kite, Free Motion QuiltingStitching into the kite:

Stitch a straight line into the center.

Stitch the left, echo stitch back to the center.

Stitch to the top, echo stitch back to the center.

Kite, Free Motion QuiltingStitch to the right and echo stitch back.

Stitch down and out of the kite.

Kite, Free Motion QuiltingEcho stitch around one side of the kite and begin the next kite string–adding loop-de-loops to travel to the next motif.Kite, Free Motion QuiltingFor the background filler below, stitch alternating rows of large and small kites-This gives the look of some kites being farther away.

Kite, Free Motion Quilting


Thank you to all of you who joined me yesterday on the allpeoplequilt Podcast. (If you missed it, you can listen All People Quilt).   It was a lot of fun to talk to Pat about a variety of quilt topics…but we didn’t get around to “the reveal”–so we’ll talk about one of my BIG PROJECTS tomorrow…I’m SO excited and I hope YOU will be too!

There’s a lot more quilting this week!

…Up where the air is clear…


A little mood music HERE

PS…This tutorial was stitched with Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top and Aurifil cotton 50wt in the bobbin on my BERNINA 820 without a stitch regulator.  Warm and Natural cotton batting, Kona cotton fabric.

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!






12 thoughts on “Let’s Go Fly a Kite-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. That’s very cute and I like that you showed how to put it together. I just did a runner yesterday using your bumblebee tutorial and wondered how you used it, how you tied it in with the rest of your quilting. I think it would be interesting to see some examples that you have done.

  2. Congratulations on being published in AQS magazine!! Very cool!! Your work is amazing!

  3. For some reason, Monday’s blog post would not open for me. Google kept saying “you are lost”. Could you possibly re-post while “I go fly a kite”? Thank you.

  4. Lori, the kites remind me of Boys Day, May 5th, in Hawaii. They fly colorful carp socks that make me think of kites. Would they ever make a wonderful quilt design. Look up Hawaiian Holliday, Boys Day. You should come up with a lot of beautiful images.

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