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Fat Quarter Picnic Quilt

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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46 Comments

  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!

  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
    Janet

    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?
    Thanks!

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

    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.
      ~Jamie

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

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  8. 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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  10. Love it, the colors are so summery! What a great gift!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

  11. So fun! Love your colors! Thanks for sharing.

  12. 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!

  13. I love the idea of giving a quilt! Way better than mugs and pencils. 🙂

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

    1. The quilt was around 50 by 60. The fat quarters were cut to 9 by 10.5.
      ~Jamie

  17. I love it! Makes me want to try quilting again! Those colors scream summer. They make me want to be outside 🙂

  18. 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!,

    1. 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.
      ~Jamie