A Perfect Picnic

We have picnics quite often here in the lovely mountains where we live. We go to lots of shows and festivals through the summer and autumn, sometimes to show our car, and sometimes just to drive someplace pretty, or hike to a waterfall.   We mostly enjoy just getting outside, seeing beautiful places and enjoying the company of friends old and new.


It was a wonderful warm day in the low 80s when we drove out of the mountains and down to South Carolina on Saturday of Memorial Weekend for the Great Scot British Car Show and Gallabrae Scottish Games. The is held annually on the Furman University Campus in Greenville, SC. We took our 1974 TVR and were placed in the Other British Sports Cars class right next to our British friend Alvan and his DeLorean.


Isn’t this a lovely place for a British car show and picnic? It is the campus of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.


We visited with friends for a bit, then walked up to the games area and stopped to see the Caber Toss.

The rules are pretty simple, the points are awarded for getting the end in the tosser’s hands over the other end. The most points are scored when the caber lands at a 12 o’clock position in front of the tosser.



Really, this is extraordinary, those cabers are 19 and a half feet long and weigh 175 pounds!!


We stopped by the Clan booths to see if our names showed up anywhere.


Even more booths were around the corner. Nope, we just don’t have any Scottish in either of us.


We then went to see the herding dogs work the sheep. They are just fascinating to watch.



They also herd ducks, to get them to go through the little tunnel and over a little bridge.


Amazing how these dogs respond to different pitches of whistle by the handler.


The ax toss was something even spectators could try. We decided just to watch.


Celtic music could be heard all over the games area.  This band was fantastic, you just had to tap your toes.


A bagpiper was tuning up in the shade of the trees to stay cool.


After a morning of walking around, it was time for lunch! The picnic quilt was unfurled next to the cars and we prepared to dig in. Here’s me and hubby with our Farmer’s Market Picnic Quilt, a modern asymmetrical design.


I brought my vintage picnic basket.


Here was our menu –

Thinly sliced roast beef on

Artisan sourdough bread with

Horseradish aioli, fresh spinach, and Lettuce from my garden

Homemade cole slaw with shredded cabbage and carrots

and my secret recipe dressing

 Homemade pasta salad with Farfalle pasta, green onions,

bacon bits, cheddar cheese and sunflower seeds

Deviled eggs

Bottled water


I like to wrap my sandwiches in wax paper like Ina Garten does. My grandmother did this too. Dessert was fresh strawberries, continuing the Farmer’s Market theme.


So, here is the Farmer’s Market picnic quilt. There are paper pieced blocks, traditionally pieced blocks, scrappy pinwheels, baskets of fruit and solid blocks of food prints to fill in the spaces.


I had fun making this quilt and was delighted to use up the stash of foodie fabrics I bought several years ago for a challenge I didn’t finish. Laying out on the ground, it caused a bit of a stir, with folks coming by to ask about it.  I actually think I have two new followers on the blog from showing it!  Here are some close-up shots of the individual areas. This pumpkin is a Thimbleberries design.


The apples are snowball blocks with the bottom of the stem of the apple sewed into the seam. Then the stems were appliqued down after the quilting was done.


The carrot is paper pieced. The borders are yellow peppers and lettuce.


The corn is paper pieced too. Finally got to use my corn fabric!


The pinwheels are scrappy.


There are three baskets, one with blueberries, one with strawberries and one with cherries.


Here are the guys enjoying a bit of a rest and conversation about the events of the day, while more spectators looked at the cars.


At the end of the day, the topper to a fun time was our British Car winning second place in our class.


I hope you enjoyed my picnic as much as I did!!

Sharing with  Take Me Away , and Val’s Tuesday Archive

54 thoughts on “A Perfect Picnic

  1. jbawsew

    What a fun picnic! Love your colorful foodie quilt! Thank you for sharing and joining this fun hop.

  2. Your modern picnic quilt is gorgeous, so appropriate with all the food prints! I have even used that corn print in a Halloween quilt, once! It looks like you guys had a perfect picnic in great surroundings among all those cars.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. rfnancy

    Fabulous Quilt with all the different techniques!! Doesn’t it make you feel good when others stop to talk about your piece of Art!! Thanks for sharing your Perfect Picnic Day with us!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  4. I may have come here for the quilt originally, but I have to say the cars definitely caught my eye the first time around! Lovely work on the quilt and it looks like a really fun day! I’ve read about the caber toss in a fictional book, so it was quite cool to know that it really does happen in real life! Thanks for putting on a picnic and posting pics of your day!

  5. Looks like a wonderful outing and a great day for a picnic. Your quilt is so very cute with all the food fabrics. I know you will get lots of gret picnics out of it. Thank you so much for the great pictures of your day.

  6. Congrats on your car winning second place! I enjoyed all your pictures, especially the dogs herding the ducks! And your quilt is wonderful, and a very clever amalgamation!

  7. Carole I love your quilt and I loved the festival. I’ve always wanted to attend one of those and now I have! 🙂 blessings, marlene

  8. Congrats on the second place 🙂 The Highland photos look familiar, my husband does that here in Indiana and Michigan. Your quilt is so pretty with all the special piecing and the colors just are happy to look at!

  9. Congratulations on 2nd place with your very cool car! Your quilt full of foodie prints is just so cute and perfect for a “perfect picnic!” I love the corn! Your menu sounds yummy, your pics are beautiful…looks like a great day for you!

  10. Helen G.

    carole, I really enjoyed your post. Love seeing all the activities. Congrats on the win with the car! loved it too! Your quilt is amazing!! truly creative and exciting. Thanks for the post!

  11. Susan in OK

    What a terrific day! I’m sure the crowning glory for you was winning second place in your class!!!! WTG The quilt just screams PICNIC without being too much. It is great and I like that used different blocks and different techniques. The games were fun. I grew up on a farm and we had sheep. The fleece on those sheep are something else – I’ll leave it at that for a comment. I was impressed there was an ax toss. I imagine I have Scottish blood in me. My paternal grandfather was from England, so there’s a good chance there is some there. And, my first husband had a Scottish name – wait, that doesn’t make me Scottish. I think there is more Scottish ancestry from other parts of the family, too. Thank you for participating; allowing us to enjoy your day; and congrats on your placement in your class.

  12. Hi Carole! I really enjoyed your picnic, especially because you really shared your picnic with LOTS of people. As my husband was walking by, he commented on your “sweeeet car”! That foodie fabric is perfect for a picnic quilt and the day seemed fantastic as well.
    Have a great summer….mp

  13. Hi, Carole! That looks like a terrific day – and such fun to travel with your wonderful jitney!! I’ll bet you make some great friends by doing these car shows. Thanks for sharing the pictures from the fair, too – it looks like a lot of fun. Your picnic looks delicious, especially on your foodie quilt! What a great way to use the prints! And your lunch looks so delicious ~ mmmm! Thanks for bringing us along on your perfect picnic!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment! Yes, we have a ball and make lots of friends at these shows. Lots of times seeing the same folks at different shows. The British car community isn’t that big, LOL!

  14. Debra Kay Neiman

    A community festival and a picnic…so much fun. Wish I could have been there. Love you quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  15. Thanks for taking us on your picnic and to the car show. That is quite an event that would be enjoyed by all. Your quilt is the perfect picnic quilt and your menu looked yummy. Great pictures. I feel like I was there.

  16. What a fun day! I have a friend who is a piper and I love that sort of thing! Your quilt is beautiful, and what a fancy picnic! It all just sounds like a perfect day. Congratulations on your win! 🙂

  17. What a wonderful picnic and a yummy looking quilt. I love the pieced fruit and veggies with these fabulous food fabrics. Your food looks even more delicious and your car is a beautiful classic! Thank you for all the great photos and details of the rest of the picnic. So interesting! … 🙂 Pat

  18. cindy

    Ooooo…one of my favorite things to see….men in kilts!!!! 😉 We have a wee bit of Scots in us and do Scottish Country dancing (hubs teaches) on a regular basis! I love going to the games.
    Now to the picnic…..perfect quilt. Lots of great blocks and wonderful fabrics. I recognize many of them. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. LJ

    Congratulations on your win! You also won with your picnic quilt. The fabrics are wonderful but I loved all the extras you did with the paper-piecing, the pinwheels, the baskets. What a fun day; I enjoyed seeing the car show/fair.

  20. What a neat quilt and your corn block is great! Looks like you both had a wonderful day and congrats on winning second in your class. Yummy picnic food too! Thanks for sharing at Linky Tuesday!

  21. Great great quilt! I really love it! looks like yall had a fun and exciting day1 I wrap my hubbys lunch in wax paper every day that he is gone to work!
    xo jan

  22. Your quilt is very fun, and I think it’s so neat that you held your picnic at the event that you did! Congratulations on your award, and thank you for sharing your picnic!

  23. Wow I would like to be on your list of friends for a picnic! That was awesome and the quilt is so lovely and just perfect for this.

  24. I came here for your table runner (linked at Freemotion bythe River), but really love your food quilt! I purchased some of those fabrics to make a prayer quilt a couple of years ago, but I still have them because I just didn’t get inspired. I love what you did with them!

  25. Theresa

    Love your foodie quilt. A British car show. How fun is that. Love that DeLorean! Congrats on winning second place!

  26. What a fun picnic! Your quilt is beautiful and I love the picnic basket as well! It must have been fun to watch those herding dogs. How sweet. It reminds me of that movie, Babe. Congrats on your second place win and thanks for linking up to the new party!

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