Work in Progress – “Fly a Kite” by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Quilt

Riley Blake produces some beautiful fabric ranges including Summer Song which I used for my first quilt and this one, called Fly a Kite. I love this fabric but I just noticed it’s been 10 months since I bought it. Some months ago I did cut the fabric into rectangles, and started sewing them together for a quilt. I stopped working on it as I wasn’t sure how big I wanted the quilt to be (cue craft anxiety and indecision) so it’s been sitting in the cupboard since.

fly a kite riley blake quilt

I had a lovely morning sewing the rest of the pieces together, and was almost finished when I realised my silly, silly mistake. Somehow I’d sewn the first half of the quilt top with a different seam allowance to the part I’d been working on that day. The two halves wouldn’t fit together. And there was absolutely no way to disguise or work around it. I’m not sure how I didn’t notice sooner but the next few hours was spent with the seam ripper and a broken heart. Ok, that’s going a little too far but needless to say I’ll never make that mistake again!
riley blake designs quilt flye a kite

Yes, my expression was much like this when I realised what I’d done.

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I just love when the seams come together so well. It was careful, careful cutting and patient and precise sewing. And a little luck, after all I’m no expert sewer/quilter.

I splurged on some matching backing fabric so this quilt may even come together this week. I don’t look forward to the quilting portion of the project but I love hand sewing on the binding. This time I think I’ll make some red polka dot binding to finish it off. What’s your favourite part of making a quilt?

 

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  1. I love quilts, they tell such a story! Collating the different parts must be such fun, and seeing it all come together at the end!

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