Another branch of New Leaf Stitches

Mini Fractal Quilt using the Kites Plus Ruler

It’s been so fun to see all of the Fractal quilts over at the Fat Quarter Shop using the Creative Grids Ruler I designed called the Kites Plus Ruler. I couldn’t resist…and had to make one of my own. I’m one of those that doesn’t always follow the directions, so this blog just shows a few of the things that I did a little differently than how Katarina Roccella wrote the pattern.  To begin, though, you can find the free pattern at this link.

Fractal 1

I didn’t have time to make a large quilt, so I took advantage of the different sizes that are found on the ruler. I decided on  a miniature, so I used the 2 ½” cutting lines. I also wanted a controlled, scrappy look, so I used the solid-base cutting for the blue pieces. This eliminates one step in sewing, plus removes some of the bulk.

base cuttingThey are easily marked at the center and then a quick snip into that mark allows for an easy pivot.

Marking Base


To speed things along, I chain-stitched my y-seams. You will notice that’s a little different than how Kimberly did hers on the video. Chaining 1


Chaining Kites

Once it was pieced, I did some straight-line quilting and free-motion quilting using Aurifil‘s 50wt cotton thread.

Up close

I’m always thankful for the Stitch Regulator on my BERNINA because my free-motion quilting leaves a lot to be desired!!

Free Motion Stitch Regulator

I should also point out that I wanted it to be a bit longer, so I added another row. You will find you can easily change up patterns with this ruler!!

Fractal 2

How fun to create an interesting little quilt from just your scraps! I originally thought it would be a wall hanging, but at 14″ x 18″, it would also be a nice placemat.

The Fat Quarter Shop carries my newest patterns that use the Kites Plus Ruler. Check them out.

Daisy Chain   Nordic Elves  Citrus

For additional patterns using the ruler, please visit my website.

Spring Sky     Striped Kite

Blacksmith     Candy Corn Corners

Star Tree Skirt      Rose Star

Kite Runner

Don’t forget to post pictures of your quilts on social media!  Use these hashtags so we can find you:  #fractalquilt, #newleafstitches, #kitesplusruler, or any of the quilts’ names.  Enjoy!!


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