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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40 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jen

    July 5, 2013

    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:)

  2. Reply

    Irene S

    July 5, 2013

    Love your quilt.

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    Carolyn

    July 5, 2013

    This was well worth the wait, it’s fresh and fun! Perfect for a picnic πŸ™‚

  4. Reply

    beth

    July 5, 2013

    Love this one! Fireworks require a quilt!

  5. Reply

    julie

    July 5, 2013

    Really pretty! I love it. Love how you photographed it, too!

  6. Reply

    Carla

    July 5, 2013

    I love the simplicity of this. Gorgeous scraps!

  7. Reply

    Pam Pollock

    July 5, 2013

    Fabulous! Love picnic quilts. Family memories and quilts just go hand in hand.

  8. Reply

    Rene' Sharp

    July 5, 2013

    It’s lovely, awesome choice of fabrics!

  9. Reply

    tina

    July 5, 2013

    Thanks for inspiring me to make a picnic quilt!

  10. Reply

    Anita

    July 5, 2013

    Your photos are beautiful. What an idyllic spot. I’m sure you will have many great times with this gorgeous quilt.

  11. Reply

    Julie Naatz

    July 6, 2013

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

  12. Reply

    quilterbell

    July 6, 2013

    Lovely quilt, the colours work so nice together.

  13. Reply

    Linda in Maryville

    July 6, 2013

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

  14. Reply

    Cindy

    July 6, 2013

    I love the idea of a picnic quilt. I will have to start one soon.

  15. Reply

    Julie M

    July 6, 2013

    Beautiful!

  16. Reply

    Gloria Mann

    July 6, 2013

    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.

  17. Reply

    Debra

    July 6, 2013

    Beautiful!

  18. Reply

    Marcia R

    July 6, 2013

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

  19. Reply

    Janis

    July 6, 2013

    What a beautiful quilt. I love the 16 patch pattern and the cheerful colors.

  20. Reply

    Sherry

    July 6, 2013

    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.

  21. Reply

    Emily

    July 6, 2013

    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!

  22. Reply

    julie

    July 6, 2013

    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.

  23. Reply

    Rebecca Grace

    July 6, 2013

    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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    Stephanie

    July 6, 2013

    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

    July 6, 2013

    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!

  26. Reply

    Marguerite

    July 6, 2013

    What type of batting did you put in your picnic quilt?

    • Reply

      Faith

      July 7, 2013

      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.

  27. Reply

    Maria W

    July 7, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful! Love how fresh and summery it feels!

  28. Reply

    Ann

    July 7, 2013

    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

    July 7, 2013

    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

    July 7, 2013

    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:)

    • Reply

      Faith

      July 7, 2013

      Hi Tiffany – sure thing! This is the fabric I used on the back. http://freespiritfabric.com/core-pages/gallery.php?gal_id=473&sw_id=7376

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        Tiffany

        July 12, 2013

        Hi Faith,
        LOVE the back fabric–Color and Black–what a winning combination! Thank you for sharing it. I just love your quilts and I’ve always wanted to make my family a beach quilt…off to start cutting those blocks!

  31. Reply

    Jill

    July 7, 2013

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

  32. Reply

    Cindy

    July 7, 2013

    What a beautiful quilt with beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Reply

    Judith

    July 7, 2013

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

  34. Reply

    Janet M.

    July 8, 2013

    Great quilt and nice photo shoot. Your location is amazing!

  35. Reply

    Amanda

    July 8, 2013

    This is the perfect picnic quilt! Beautiful colors.

  36. Reply

    Pat Hurdle

    July 8, 2013

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

  37. Reply

    Reena Kaplowitz

    July 9, 2013

    nice!

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