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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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46 Comments

  1. Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) says:

    I love the colors on this one! Great job!!!

  2. Jedi Craft Girl says:

    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!!!

  3. Navy Wifey Peters says:

    So pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Daisy Pink Cupcake says:

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  5. So cute! What a wonderful gift!

  6. Heidi Amber says:

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

  7. Tara from The Magnolia Barn says:

    So pretty, the colors are beautiful!

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

  9. Linda Young says:

    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!

  10. Christina says:

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

  11. Amanda @ The Little Giggler says:

    Love the bright colors! So cute!

  12. Toni Barsi says:

    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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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

    2. How are those squares?

  15. Sarah Lashbrook says:

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

  16. 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