Picnic Around the World Quilt


Picnic Around the World Quilt


Brighten up the traditional pattern for trip around the world quilts with the primary-colored Picnic Parade fabrics from FreeSpirit, or use your own favorite colors for a quick and easy summer quilt. This simple patchwork quilt makes a great beach blanket or picnic blanket.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size63 inches wide x 63 inches long

Time to CompleteA week or two

Primary TechniquePieced


Note: This pattern was designed using fabrics from the Picnic Parade collection by Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Fabrics are coded in materials list.


  • 1 yd. EACH JM22 Grenadine (A); JM12 Blue (B); JM20 Lime (C); JM12 Beetroot (D); JM21 Blue (E)
  • 1 yd. HJM18 Blue (Binding)
  • 3-1/2 yds. Backing
  • Acrylic Ruler, mat, rotary cutter, sewing machine, scissors


  1. From each fabric A-E, cut 9 strips 3-1/2" x WOF.
  2. Make strip sets as shown, and following the chart for combinations. Stitch 2 strips together, press seams open, then stitch third strip to set. Press seams open.

    Picnic Around the World Quilt

    Picnic Around the World Quilt Chart
  3. Cross-cut all strip sets into 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" segments.

    Picnic Around the World Quilt
  4. Following the chart, make 9 patches as shown. Stitch segments together to complete a 9-patch block.

    Picnic Around the World Quilt

    Picnic Around the World Quilt Chart
  5. Following the layout below, stitch 9-patches together into rows, then stitch rows together. Press seams of each row in one direction.
  6. Layer, quilt, and bind. Cut binding strips 2-1/2" x WOF, on the bias if using the stripe. Stich strips together to make one continuous strip of binding.

    Picnic Around the World Quilt


Why You'll Love This Quilt

1. Vibrant Colors: The Picnic Around the World Quilt project is all about bright, primary-colored fabrics that will instantly add cheer to any space. The Picnic Parade fabrics from FreeSpirit are the perfect choice for this project, but you can also mix and match your own favorite colors to create a personalized quilt that reflects your style and taste.

2. Quick and Easy: This quilt project is perfect for quilters of all skill levels, including beginners. The simple patchwork design means that you can easily whip up this quilt in no time, making it a great project for summer when you want to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and less time hunched over your sewing machine.

3. Versatile Use: Not only is the Picnic Around the World Quilt a beautiful addition to your home decor, but it also serves a practical purpose as a beach blanket or picnic blanket. Take it with you on your next outdoor adventure and enjoy a cozy spot to relax and soak up the sun. This quilt is not only eye-catching, but also functional, making it a must-have project for quilters looking to add a touch of color to their summer days.

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