Picture Perfect Picnic Quilt


Picture Perfect Picnic Quilt
Picture Perfect Picnic Quilt
This image courtesy of www2.fiskars.com

Summer weather is finally here. This change of season means that it's now time for barbecues, ice cream cones, and picnics! This Picture Perfect Picnic Quilt requires no batting or binding, making this simple tutorial an ideal summer quilting project that is well-suited for beginner quilters. Not only is this quick picnic blanket a useful addition to any outing, but the bright and cheery fabrics will make this quilt the star of all of your photos of summer memories! 

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueQuilting


Materials List

  • Cutting Mat (18" x 24")
  • Coastal Colors Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
  • Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (60 mm)
  • Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (60 mm)
  • Softgrip® Pinking Shears (8")
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread


  1. First, I selected a bunch of bright, fun fabrics and cut them into eight inch (plus seam allowance) by ten inch ( plus seam allowance) rectangles using the Fiskars 60mm rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler.

  2. I sewed the blocks together to form my quilt front. Next, I pinned my quilt front to its quilt back (right sides facing together) with no batting in between. This is going to be a light and airy summer quilt with just two layers of fabric sandwiched together. I then stitched all around the edges of the quilt leaving just a small gap for me to turn the quilt inside out. I trimmed off the excess using pinking shears. I then hand stitched the opening close.

  3. Next, I ironed the quilt flat, making sure the edge seams were in line. I then 'tied' the quilt together at each of the block intersections.

  4. To tie, I inserted my needle into both the fabrics and pulled it leaving a long enough tail behind that could be used to tie a knot. Once I finished stitching, I used the tail from the beginning and tied a secure double knot. Trim the excess off carefully using a pair of Micro Tip Scissors.

What are your favorite foods to bring on a picnic? Let us know in the comments below!

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