A New Picnic Quilt

Better late than never, I’ve finally finished my family’s new picnic quilt. I started this one as part of a blog hop last May. That’s May of 2012. I ended up spending a lot of the summer working on book stuff and then I wasn’t motivated to work on a picnic quilt in the winter, and well, you know how it goes. (right??) So the quilt top sat and sat until a day before our trip up to the lake for the 4th of July.

This quilt is a simple 16 patch, with the individual squares measuring 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ cut. The fabric is a mix of Maude Asbury’s Crabtastic line and fabrics from my stash.

The quilt ended up pretty big (for me) at 80″ x 80″. I really wanted to use fabric from my stash for the backing and binding, so I chose a black floral from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee for the backing and a text from Architextures for the binding. I’m hoping those will both hide the dirt a bit as we take this quilt out for some serious use at the beach and park. I quilted it loosely with wavy lines about every 2 inches.

We already tested it out while watching the fireworks over Lake Michigan on Thursday evening, and it was just perfect for the job. I can’t wait to take it along for the rest of Summer!


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    Jen says

    Love it!!! So glad you got it done in time to use it for the fireworks! I may have to put a picnic quilt on my list to make:)

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    Julie Naatz says

    Beautiful and perfect for the purpose! This one goes on my bucket list. It’s gonna be a stash buster!

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    Linda in Maryville says

    Love this quilt! It is great to see a basic block become something of great color and fun.

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    Gloria Mann says

    Such a wonderful quilt. We do outside picnics and inside picnics with the grandchildren. Nothing like a pinic quilt. The fun fabric really sets the mood for family fun. Thank you for sharing your quilt.

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    Marcia R says

    Beautiful quilt and fabulous scenery photos! Did the 16 patch go pretty quickly? I really wanna make one from my burgeoning stash…

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    I love the quilt. I was just thinking about making a picnic quilt as we were laying out old blankets on the 4th. I like the wavy quilting, I think I should try that, I don’t usually quilt my own quilts.

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    Oh yay! I loved this quilt the minute you showed some blocks from it last year! Very summery and fun. The dark binding looks great too!

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    julie says

    I had to stop by and visit this quilt again this morning. I followed the link to see the fabrics and I love it even more now. Great prints! Such a great quilt.

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    This is beautiful, Faith! Your picnic quilt has a wonderful vintage vibe going on. Making a quilt specifically as a picnic blanket is a great idea, and I think I even have some food printed fabrics in my stash that I bought on a whim… Hmmm, another one for my list!

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    That could not be more perfect for a picnic quilt! It just looks like summertime. Is that a precut-friendly pattern? It’s on my to-do list.

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    Donna Hill says

    Love everything you do Faith and this is no exception! It is beautiful and the perfect summer quilt. i just wouldn’t be able to put it on the ground!

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      Hi Marguerite! I used my usual batting which is Quilter’s Dream 100% Cotton, Request Loft. I know others use batting other than cotton for quilts that will be on the ground, to limit the dampness soaking through. I’ve never had a problem with that though, so I just stick with what I have on hand.

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    Ann says

    Nice use of Pt. Betsie as a backdrop! Just got the fabric I need to finally finish my picnic quilt.

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    Kim Beidler says

    Love, love, love it Faith! I had to smile yesterday when I unpacked a bag of your scraps that I bought – I found a few pieces with the crab print. So happy that I can put them in one of mine! Thanks for your wonderful blog.

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    Tiffany says

    Love the scale of the quilt–thanks for the inspiration! Been thinking
    about doing a picnic/beach quilt and your quilt is just perfect!!!
    A favor–would you show the back fabric? A colorful black fabric on the back is just the thing to hide the mud stains:)

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    Jill says

    Lovely mix of colors in patterns and solids. The ants will be too dazed to get into your basket 😉

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    Judith says

    You have such a talent. What a great quilt! I love it. I’m already envisioning whitch fabrics I’m going to use. WOW !!!

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    Pat Hurdle says

    I just love this quilt!!!! The best way to describe it is “it is a comfortable happy quilt”

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