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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…

Super simple fat quarter picnic quilt.

(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…)

Super simple fat quarter picnic quilt

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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  1. christine says:

    I know this is an old post….but how did you do the edging? Did you buy that trim or make your own? Thanks!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I made that binding, but store-bought works well too.

  2. Glenda Bell says:

    Absolutely lovely and very cheerful. How many squares across and how many long?

  3. Did you sandwich them together? Did you use quilt batting?
    tia & xo

    1. 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.”

  4. Did you use 8 or 15 fat different quarters?

    1. 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.

  5. Mrshippiewolf says:

    Thank you so much!!! I bought probably 100 fat quarters that were on 90% off Christmas clearance and need things to do with them.

  6. Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says:

    This looks so pretty! I'd have had a hard time giving this away too! 🙂

  7. Mother Hens Crafty Creations says:

    How many fat quarters did it take!?

    1. 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.

  8. Tanya Runkle says:

    Your picnic quilt is beautiful Jamie!! Pinning 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  9. Mique (as in Mickey) says:

    Thanks for linking this up Jamie! Love it. I'll be featuring you this week in my Pity Party! xo

  10. Krista thehappyhousie says:

    Gorgeous quilt! So classic and bright and fresh!!

  11. The Sassy Quilter says:

    Love it! Great for a picnic. Love the fabrics and that is one great gift:)

  12. Tanya Quilts in CO says:

    What a lucky teacher!

  13. What a happy quilt! I am sure your son's teacher was just delighted with it.

  14. Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com says:

    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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  16. Beautiful! I love the binding fabric xx

  17. Melissa at My Fabric Relish says:

    Beautiful bright colors…love!