International Picnic Day is June 18 🌞 choose an easy picnic quilt to make!

Picnic Tote from Here Comes SpringAre you ready for summer? Outdoor concerts, seasonal festivals, county fairs, picnics at the park, Fourth of July fireworks, trips to the beach . . . aaah! We can hardly wait!

There’s one essential item you can sew that’ll make all of your outdoor summer adventures more comfortable and colorful—wherever you celebrate summer, you’ve gotta pack a patchwork picnic quilt!

Picnic quilts are easy to store in the back of a car, so you can take yours anywhere you go. They provide a place to sit and relax, cover an outdoor table, and keep you cozy after the sun goes down. You might already have everything you need to sew it too. A picnic quilt is meant to be used and loved, and it will become entwined with your summer memories. (Isn’t that always what happens with the quilts we make?)

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing fabrics for a picnic quilt. Picnic quilts need to be:

Washable. Since picnic quilts need to be washed often, choose a high-quality quilting fabric that can withstand a bit of rough and tumble.

Colorful. Stick with busier prints and deeper colors to camouflage smudges and stains from food, dirt, grass, sand, and other summer elements.

Scrappy. Okay, they don’t have to be scrappy, but a picnic quilt is perfect for putting a dent in your stash! It’s a wonderful way to put those fabrics languishing at the bottom of your fabric piles to good use.

Here are a few fun quilts to consider making as your 2018 picnic quilt—all of them fast and easy enough to whip up in time for sunny skies on the way.

Box of Chocolates quilt
Box of Chocolates by Julie Herman, from
Skip the Borders. This quick quilt is created with strip sets. Sew, cut, and see what happens next! A quarter-yard each of 32 assorted prints is what you’ll need for the blocks. Your scrap basket awaits!

The Fourth of July quilt
The Fourth of July by Sue Pfau, from
Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics. Put a patriotic spin on your picnic quilt—red, white, and blue are in style all summer long. This quilt goes together surprisingly fast and the blocks create secondary designs that make it look deceptively complex.

Building Blocks quilt
Building Blocks by Amy Ellis, from
Think Big. Amy’s quilt contains just twenty 18″ x 18″ blocks—you’ll be ready for your first picnic of the summer in no time.

Fresh Air quilt
Fresh Air by Pat Sloan, from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles. This beauty is super scrap-friendly and will introduce you to piecing equilateral triangles (if you haven’t sewn them before, don’t worry—anything’s a snap when you’re learning with Pat!). Increase or decrease the width of the border to make the perfect-sized quilt for your picnic companions.

Pink Daisy quilt
Pink Daisy by Kate Henderson, from
Scrappy & Happy Quilts. This quilt grows row by row—into a giant pink daisy! We can envision this design as a picnic quilt with a darker background color. Maybe a happy green or a scrappy blue? And you only need two colors!

We hope you’re inspired to whip up a quilt for International Picnic Day, and for all those outdoor events you’ll be enjoying this summer! Click here for even more picnic-quilt ideas.

Where’s your favorite place to picnic?

  • Take me to the beach, stat!
  • You’ll find me at the local park.
  • Summer concert series!
  • No need to go far—the backyard is picnic perfection.

Tell us your picnic preferences in the comments!


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