A Free Tutorial for Piecing the Merry Kite Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

This lovely traditional quilt block is easy to sew together. I can imagine a mother designing this block while watching her little boy flying a kite!

merry kite quilt block

If you change the center dark square to the light background fabric, the block is called "Mrs. Fay's Favorite Friendship Block" that appeared in Hearth and Home.

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Merry Kite Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Green: 12 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Burgundy: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 12 - 2.5" squares

merry kite fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Four Patch Units:

Step 1:

Make 4 Four Patch units using the 8 Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, 4 of the Medium/Green 2.5" squares, and 4 of the Dark/Burgundy 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Four Patch block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-quilt-block

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Flying Geese Units:

Step 2:

Using the four Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the remaining 8 Dark/Burgundy 2.5" squares sew together four Flying Geese patches as shown below. You will find my tutorial showing my no-trim method of making a basic Flying Geese block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block

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Step 3:

Repeat Step 2 using the four Dark/Burgundy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the remaining eight Medium/Green 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.

merry kite 3

Step 4:

Match up a Step 2 and a Step 3 Flying Geese patch and sew together as shown below. Press seam allowance toward the Step 3 patch. Repeat for a total of four Flying Geese units.

merry kite 4

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Lay out the Four Patch units, the Flying Geese units, and the center Dark/Burgundy 4.5" square as shown in the picture below.

merry kite 5

Step 6:

From here the block goes together like a basic Nine Patch block. First, sew the units into three rows as shown below. Not all of the seam allowances will nest together, so take your time to get those intersections to match up.

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Step 7:

Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 8:

Next, sew the three rows together to complete the block.

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Step 9:

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the block. You're done!

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I enjoyed piecing this block together. It is very striking and not that difficult. Other than not being able to figure out how to press the seam allowances so that they all would nest together, I was really happy with how it went together!

hope you've enjoyed this Merry Kite quilt block tutorial. If you liked this post and want to see more quilting tutorials like this, simply click here to sign up for my newsletter and also receive a free PDF.

This block is similar to the Friendship block which you can see at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/traditional-quilt-block-friendship-block

Happy Quilting!


P.S. To print a PDF of this tutorial, check out the free app at https://www.printfriendly.com/

P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need

P.P.P.S. For a video tutorial, click on this link: https://youtu.be/dc_Vki3RgqY

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