NEW: Patchwork packed with outdoor fun + a sew-along starting soon (+ giveaway!)

Let’s go on a picnic—and return inspired to quilt!

Patchwork Picnic

Sew cute critters, fancy flowers, birds and bugs, trees and turtles, and other odes to the out-of-doors with Patchwork Picnic. Inside the book you’ll be treated to 30 adorable quilt blocks, each in two sizes: 6″ and 12″ square. The secret to making these charming designs? An easy stitch-and-flip technique that skips foundation piecing and templates.

From Patchwork Picnic

A fun sampler quilt featuring all 30 blocks provides the block patterns for six companion projects, such as a table runner, tote, and pouches. Simply choose your favorite blocks and plug them into the patterns. With handy cutting charts and a lettering system for keeping your pieces organized, sewing will seem like a picnic!

Here’s author Gracey Larson—the creative force behind Burlap and Blossom Patterns and Riley Blake’s newest fabric designer!—to tell you more about Patchwork Picnic and her exciting online sew-along, beginning August 2.

Gracey LarsonI love adventure! Traveling, exploring, and drinking in new experiences give me so much joy. But you don’t need to go far to experience it; adventure can be as close as your own backyard. This is what I wanted to capture in my new book, Patchwork Picnic.

Adventure can be found when we slow down and notice the little things; butterfly wings fluttering, birds singing, lightning bugs dancing, or frogs croaking. Outside—it’s where you’ll often find me spending time gathering inspiration and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. With Patchwork Picnic, we can bring the outdoors indoors . . . right into our sewing rooms!

Songbird Table Runner
Songbird Table Runner

When coming up with block ideas for the book and designing the projects containing them, I took time to enjoy the process and play with ideas. That is what I encourage you to do as you create these blocks. Pick a few favorite blocks to start with and go! I think the grasshopper, bear, and campsite blocks are my favorites:

Quilt blocks from Patchwork Picnic
Grasshopper, Bear, and Campsite blocks from
Patchwork Picnic

The sampler quilt brought me right back to when I started quilting. Samplers are some of my absolute favorite quilt designs because they tell a story. Kind of like a quilted photo album, scrapbook, sketchbook, and map all rolled into one!

Patchwork Picnic sampler quilt
Sampler quilt from
Patchwork Picnic

I can’t wait to see what you create as you stitch through Patchwork Picnic! If you’d like to sew-along with the Instagram quilting community, we’ll be sewing one block per week starting Friday, August 2.

Follow the hashtag #patchworkpicnicsal to see everyone’s progress!

Go have an adventure; then come home and quilt all about it!

Patchwork PicnicThanks for taking us on an adventure through your new book, Gracey!

We have a copy of Patchwork Picnic to give away today! To throw your hat in the ring, tell us in the comments:

Where’s your favorite place to picnic?

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

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start a patchwork picnic of your own right now, you can purchase Patchwork Picnic at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Debra, who says:

“We have over 4 acres with woods, a pasture and a small creek. Lots of great picnic places in my own backyard!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Debra—congratulations!

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