Picnic Quilt Challenge

Sometimes I really do need my head examined.  I was reading some of my favorite blogs last week and came across this challenge – to make a picnic quilt.  OK, why not?  I have all these food prints left over from a challenge never completed a few years ago.

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Plus I have a couple of paper pieced vegetables – a pumpkin, ear of indian corn, seven apples and a carrot.


And I have the picnic basket required for the challenge.


So the whole challenge is create a picnic quilt, get a picnic basket, have the picnic and take pictures, plan the menu share the food and quilt.

So getting started, I did the stand and stare at the fabrics for a bit.  I have 16 squares of food fabrics that are unique, and I cannot get any more.  I want to maximize those.  Then I have a few quarter yards of several others.  I think I will do some baskets of berries.  For those charm squares, I decided to make HSTs out of them with a background fabric.  So I cut squares and sewed them up.

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And now the quandary.  I am going to make pinwheel blocks out of these.  So you get to help decide which way it goes.  Should I….

match the pairs of HSTs in a pinwheel….


Or should I scramble them in a scrappy manner?


Here’s the poll, and I’ll catch you up when it gets farther along.  Update, scrappy won.

I have until the first week of June, but my picnic is planned for Memorial weekend.  Naturally!!  Less than a month, can I get it done?  We’ll see!!  Back to the sewing room!!  I’ll work on the baskets while you vote.

Update – Here is the final quilt, I just played with the elements and added some panels of food fabric to fill in where needed.  DH and I had our picnic at a local car show, lovely shade under the trees!


Here it is later in the Apple Festival quilt show.

11 thoughts on “Picnic Quilt Challenge

  1. I always like those fabrics. I am trying to like modern fabrics but still have not warmed up to them. Which is a good thing I think because I am spending more time using my stash. I have too much fabric and since I stopped buying I have not made much of a dent into it. That is too much fabric.

    Thanks for the pictures.

  2. Great job!! Like your idea. Have fun with it. I have my top almost done. Then to quilt it. I think this is going to be great fun.

  3. manasotavacation

    SCRAPPY! Sorry…offline for a few days and poll is closed. Either way will be great but my preference is scrappy. Your dog on the right is just tooooooooo much fun to play with!!!!

  4. Those are some fun prints! Perfect for picnic, I’m sure they’re making you hungry as you stitch em! Can’t wait to come back to visit for the picnic blog hop. I actually finished my picnic quilt ahead of time for once 🙂

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