“Piece and Quilt with Precuts” – Kites

I am so excited to be taking part in the “Piece and Quilt with Precuts” blog hop with Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts.  Piece and Quilt with Precuts is Christa’s third book published by Martingale.  Its an amazing quilting book with such easy to do quilt projects, especially if you are a beginner quilter.  It has step by step instructions on piecing and quilting many beautiful quilts.  I made the Kites quilt featured in the book.  


Piecing the Quilt top

I decided to make a baby play mat using the Kite quilt pattern as it would double up as great gifts for a couple of great nieces/nephews on the way.  My quilt size is 33″ x 47″.  My fabric selection is simple, I am using the lovely dinosaur novelty print fabric and matching the solids to the print.  For the background fabric I have used plain white fabric to bring a balance to the bright colours used for the other blocks. Having said that, white brings out the freshness in a quilt so I often love using it for my background.  I have used fabrics from my stash to show that you can make your own precuts if you don’t have ready access to them and you can still end up making all the lovely quilts featured in Christa’s book.

See my pictorial display of how I made my quilt:
My fabric selection
 Cutting strips from the fabric
 Cutting out the required templates to make up your Kite block


I quilted the first ‘Kite’ quilt allover using the ‘Wavy Grid’ design (refer to Page 26) with the walking foot.  I marked 2 inch points at the bottom, middle, top and sides of the quilt to give me a guidance to stitch the Wavy line from edge to edge.  With the second ‘Kite’ quilt I used the ‘Wavy Grid’ and the ‘Modern ZigZag’s” quilt designs (refer to Page 32), within the ‘Kite’ block.   I started out by using the walking foot but I found it too challenging as I was working within a small space so I switched to using Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) to complete this quilt.

See the quilting images below:


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To receive a free e-copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts:
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Buying the Book

You can purchase Piece and Quilt with Precuts  directly from ChristaQuilts; from Martingale Publishers; or from Amazon.

 To see the parade of all the lovely quilts don’t forget to visit  ChristaQuilts website.  There are some gorgeous quilts on display as well as lots of giveaways on each of the blog sites so don’t miss out.

To access Christa Watson’s beginner quilt class on Craftsy please click on my affiliate link: “The Quilters Path – Plan It, Quilt It, Stitch It“.


31 thoughts on ““Piece and Quilt with Precuts” – Kites”

  1. My favorite quilt pattern from the book is S.W.A.K. No particular reason other than the pattern appeals to me. I do like Kites and the colors you chose.

  2. Love your quilt-the fabric is great-perfect baby quilt! Frequency is my favorite-the combination of fabrics and colors is endless! Thank you, Susan

  3. S.W.A.K. Is also my favorites! First, I love a half square triangle and second, the colors in the book are fabulous. Win win.

  4. Starstruck has been my favorite since I am looking to make a star quilt as a gift. I do like your Kites version and the wavy quilting.

  5. I like “Dot’N’ Dash” for some jelly roll stragglers I have lying around clogging up my work space.

  6. My favorite at the moment is Dot N Dash – I love jellyrolls! I do like the colors in your baby play mat and love the quilting you did! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I like Frequency the best…because I have lots of precut strips that would work well in that quilt, and I like it’s graphic look. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  8. Thanks for sharing your quilting, it looks great. I like to be able to cut from my stash.
    Really all of Christa’s quilt are favorites, I like how she suggests how to quilt the quilts.

  9. I like the arrow quilt, but this one is so perfect for making a quick baby quilt, I think I’m converted! Thanks for showing what you did. PS Liked on FB!

  10. This pattern would make a great quick gift or child’s quilt, but my favorite was the blackn& white star quilt!

  11. I love your quilt and the colors. I have two favorites, S.W.A.K. and Starstruck, they are just amazing. Although Kites is an awesome design too!! Honestly all these quilt designs are fabulous.

  12. Your two baby quilts are so bright and happy!!
    I love them both!
    I have had a new favorite pattern from Christa’s new book *each day!* of this hop! What I especially love about each one I’ve seen, is that each maker has created something beautiful, and *unique!*, reflective of each maker’s style!
    Pat T.
    (I don’t do FB… But I am following you now on Instagram… pajtr)

  13. Gosh, it’s difficult to pick a favorite! But I will, lol. Twinkling Diamonds captured my fancy due to the diverse fabric selections of the bloggers’ & Christa’s quilts that presented such great contrasts and moods yet all are so pleasing to my eyes. I am very much enjoying this blog hop. Thank you for your awesome Kites contribution!

    1. Want to mention that I can’t “like” you on Facebook because I don’t do Facebook; however, I did select the “like” icon anyway 🤗

  14. Lovely quilt – looks like it would be great for a baby gift! Thanks for sharing! I really like the Arrow quilt on the cover of the book! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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