Pond Quilt - A Free EPP Quilt Pattern

Pond mini quilt

Pond Quilt is a super simple and fun English paper pieced (EPP) quilt, made only from kites! It's a great quilt for beginners, and a simple option for those looking to chill out with some stitching in the evening. It makes the perfect scrappy baby quilt, or have a go at some fussy cutting, if you're keen to try it on a smaller scale project. I'm delighted that it's joining my collection of free English paper pieced (EPP) patterns!

(If you need some help to get started with EPP, I've created a collection of beginner friendly tutorials to get you started here.)

Finished Quilt Size: 31" x 34"

pond mini quilt


ENGLISH PAPER PIECES (download below)

  • (162) 2" Kites


Kites: (13) 4 ½" WOF strips OR (27) 4 ½" WOFQ strips OR (7) FQs OR 2 yards OR (162) 4" x 4 ½" scraps

Binding: ⅓ yard


Backing: 1 ¼ yard 


  • 40" x 42" batting
  • Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
  • 50-weight thread (Aurifil)
  • Craft glue stick and/or Clover Wonder Clips for basting (see basting tutorial here)
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron



  • Fabric scraps: Cut the scraps 3/8" larger on all sides for all paper templates.
  • Yardage: Place the paper pieces on the strips oriented vertically, in alternating orientations, and cut between the paper templates ensuring a 3/8" seam allowance for each shape. Cut (162) kites.
alternating kites on fabric strip


  • Cut (4) 2 ½" WOF strips.


1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.

2. Layout all the pieces in 9 rows of 19 kites, starting with the first kite, pointy end up, then the next one pointy end down, and so on, until you are happy with colour and print placement. Snap a photo on your phone or label the rows in numerical order.


3. Begin the first row by aligning the first two pieces along matching adjacent seams, and stitch from the pointy end of the first piece, to the pointy end of the second.


4. Without breaking the thread, align the third kite with the second, right sides together, and stitch along the matching seam. Continue along the row until finished. Make (9) rows.

pond construction


5. Join the rows in numerical order, one at a time, and remove the papers, if desired, once they are completely surrounded. Doing so as you go makes the quilt top a bit lighter to handle for sewing subsequent rows, but you can wait until the quilt is completed before removing papers if desired.


6. Once the quilt top is complete, remove any remaining papers and press it flat.


7. Open out the seam allowance of the outside edge pieces and press open and away from the quilt top.

8. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. The featured quilt was machine quilted with vertical straight lines using the points of the kites as a guide.

9. Trim the quilt top, batting, and backing to ¼" away from where the papers have been around the perimeter of the quilt as shown in the diagram. This step will square up the quilt top by trimming the kites on all sides.

pond trimming diagram

10. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.

11. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.

12. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and stitch in place.

Pond quilt getting binding

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