Fat Quarter Picnic Quilt
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Using fat quarter cuts is one of my favorite ways to mix fabrics for these simple little picnic quilts I’ve been making. I’ve made several now, though I’ve only managed to keep one for myself. I absolutely love all the fabrics I used in this quilt, I think it’s my favorite one so far…
(It’s quilted straight, I promise… It only looks crooked because of the way my son is holding the quilt up.)
These fabrics are just a random selection of fat quarters and yardage I bought from my local fabric shop during one of their 99 cent fat quarter sales.
I just cut the fat quarters into fourths and arrange them in whichever way looks best, and sew them together.
We gave this particular quilt to my son’s 2nd grade teacher as a teacher appreciation gift. I really wanted to keep it for myself, but I managed to give it up… (I have already cut enough rectangles to make a 2nd quilt for myself, but I just haven’t gotten the motivation to put it together yet…)
This orange birdie fabric was my favorite fabric cut and inspired the color theme of the entire quilt…
It’s so hard to look wide awake at 6:30 in the morning!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
I know this is an old post….but how did you do the edging? Did you buy that trim or make your own? Thanks!
I made that binding, but store-bought works well too.
Absolutely lovely and very cheerful. How many squares across and how many long?
Did you sandwich them together? Did you use quilt batting?
tia & xo
Yes, this was a regular quilt. I used quilt batting and sandwiched it between a backing fabric, then machine quilted and bound it. I don’t have a quilt tutorial on my site (although I plan to do one someday) there are tons already out there on the internet. Just search, “how to make a quilt.”
Did you use 8 or 15 fat different quarters?
It’s been so long since I made this, it’s hard to remember. I’m sorry! I used a handful of fat quarters and cuts from yardage.
Thank you so much!!! I bought probably 100 fat quarters that were on 90% off Christmas clearance and need things to do with them.
This looks so pretty! I'd have had a hard time giving this away too! 🙂
How many fat quarters did it take!?
For the size I made, it took about 8 fat quarters. I actually used 15 different prints so the pattern would be varied. I have enough left over for 2nd quilt.
Your picnic quilt is beautiful Jamie!! Pinning 🙂
Thanks for linking this up Jamie! Love it. I'll be featuring you this week in my Pity Party! xo
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Gorgeous quilt! So classic and bright and fresh!!
Love it! Great for a picnic. Love the fabrics and that is one great gift:)
What a lucky teacher!
What a happy quilt! I am sure your son's teacher was just delighted with it.
It looks great…you chose great fabrics to combine which is so important in a quilt. And it looks "cheerful" just like a picnic quilt should.
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Beautiful! I love the binding fabric xx
Beautiful bright colors…love!
This looks awesome! Would love to have you link this up at our summer-themed, Ladies Only Blog Share! Visiting from the Pity Party!
I love the colors on this one! Great job!!!
WIth the millions of quilt patterns out there – I love that sewing squares together is still totally cute! I never tire from it 🙂 Love the fabrics you choose!!!
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Just beautiful!!! The colors are gorgeous for Summer!Great gift.
Hope you have a good week!
Hugs from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
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So cute! What a wonderful gift!
Love it, the colors are so summery! What a great gift!
Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com
So pretty, the colors are beautiful!
So fun! Love your colors! Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! The colors are so summery and fun! Great to do something that special for a teacher. They deserve so much for the difference they make in our kids lives! I'm sure she will treasure it always!
Have a super summer!
I love the idea of giving a quilt! Way better than mugs and pencils. 🙂
Love the bright colors! So cute!
This is the kind of quilt I need to try, a simple square grid. It's still got quite the impact though. The colors/prints you chose are beautiful, and I'm sure his teacher really appreciated it!
I seem to remember falling for that quilt a couple of months ago, lol. Now, I know there is one VERY happy teacher out there! 🙂 Good on ya – our country's teachers are far too under-valued!
I love it. How big did you make it? I may need to try one for my son's teacher especially since he has had her for 2 years and is now moving on to another teacher!
The quilt was around 50 by 60. The fat quarters were cut to 9 by 10.5.
How are those squares?
I love it! Makes me want to try quilting again! Those colors scream summer. They make me want to be outside 🙂
Very cute!! I still need to take a stab at making a quilt, but am too chicken! Maybe this winter I'll have to give it a shot 🙂 Anyway, I saw you at Sugar Bee Crafts 😀
Wow! What wonderful color selection! Did you honestly just qfuarter a fat quarter and mix it up and sew the squares back together? I didn't think a pattern that easy would turn out so beautiful! Lucky teacher!,
Yep, just cut the fat quarters into fourths. Though you have to be careful, because not all fat quarters are even. So I actually cut them all to 9 by 10.5 and then just mixed them up on the floor until I was happy with the layout.