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Picnic Around the World Quilt

By: Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit Fabrics
This image courtesy of freespiritfabric.com

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


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