Celebrate International Picnic Day with these fun picnic quilt ideas

Raise your hand if you knew that International Picnic Day was a thing.

Why didn’t you tell us? We love picnics!

I made a simple take-along quilt for my husband more than 15 years ago—little did I know we’d enjoy it as much as we have. We’ve taken the quilt to outdoor concerts, indoor theatres, and lots of picnics in the park. It’s traveled with us from the forest to the beach and back again. The quilt lives in the back of our car, always rolled up and waiting for the next adventure. We literally don’t leave home without it!


I embroidered some of my husband’s favorite things on muslin, and then set the embroidered squares in between scrappy Nine Patch blocks.

So the vote is in: YOU need a picnic quilt! Below are a few fun ideas for whipping up a picnic quilt that’s simple, quick, and easy to wash and dry by machine. Don’t be afraid to take your quilts outdoors—just be prepared! Here are a few tips for quilts roaming alfresco:

  • From Farm Girl QuiltsDon’t worry about a spill here or a little dirt there while you’re picnicking; but do treat stains upon your return home.
  • Don’t stress about the little things: is the binding coming undone, or maybe a piece of patchwork is coming un-patched? Find a quick and creative way to mend areas that need it (more patchwork comes to mind!) and your picnic quilt will be ready for action again.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to build memories into a quilt you make, even if it ends up with some wear and tear over time. When you hear a friend or family member say, “Don’t forget the quilt!” on your way to an adventure, I promise your heart will soar.

Now, on to our selection of quilts perfect for picnics—all generously sized to accommodate a crowd!

Prairie Picnic quilt set
Grab your Prairie Picnic quilt, pack up your coordinating Prairie Picnic tote, and head outdoors for some quality time with Mother Nature. Find the patterns in
Here Comes Spring (finished size: 70½" x 70½").

Log Cabin quilt
Easy strips, classic design, and the warm colors of summer—get back to the basics with a patchwork Log Cabin quilt for picnic season! We love the uneven logs added to the centers of the bright blocks. Get the pattern for this Frolic quilt in
Seems Like Scrappy (finished size: 72½" x 72½").

Wish upon a Crazy Star quilt
Use this Wish upon a Crazy Star quilt as a home base during an evening picnic; then cuddle up in this star-studded quilt as you watch the sky start to twinkle. Find the pattern in
Crazy at the Cabin (finished size: 62½" x 74½").

Rainbow Twist quilt
BIG blocks and easy strip piecing means you can have this quilt ready for picnic weather in no time. The windmill-style blocks and rainbow colors remind us of the great outdoors!
Find the Rainbow Twist pattern in Striking Strip Quilts (finished size: 72½" x 72½").

All About Strips
This quilt was designed to show off large-scale prints—and 20″ blocks make the top go together zip-zip. The floral prints in this example are a perfect backdrop for a relaxing day outdoors. Find the Good Fortune pattern in
All About Strips (finished size: 80½" x 80½").

We hope you enjoyed our picnic-quilt ideas! Where will you take your picnic quilt first?

  • To a fun picnic at the park.
  • To a relaxing day at the beach.
  • To a campout in the mountains (those mornings can be a bit chilly!)
  • On our summer vacation!

Tell us in the comments!

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