March Quilt of the Month

One of my most cherished memories is going to see Mary Poppins in the movie theater when I was 7 years old.  Mom loved musicals, and I think that’s what cinched the deal for us to go.  That year, Santa brought me a Mary Poppins doll, and also the record (yes, vinyl at its best) of the soundtrack.  I would sit on the upstairs landing with the portable record player, and sing along to the music until Dad hollered up the stairs to please stop.

And what, you may ask, does this sweet story have to do with this month’s quilt?  Well, there is a wonderful song in the movie called “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, and I played it in my head the whole time I was piecing and quilting this gem!

This is a traditional pattern designed by Gerri Robinson, made up of 4-patches and half-square triangles, but pieced together the way they are, I am reminded of kites and the small scraps of fabric we used to pull out of the ragbag to make the tails.  I used reproduction vintage fabrics, from the 30’s and 40’s, to give the quilt a lovely old-fashioned scrappy feel.  The back of the quilt is a simple whitewashed light blue.  And the “pièce de résistance” is the kite pattern I used to quilt it!


Happy Spring, everyone!

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