Madras Picnic Quilt

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Madras Picnic Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Have you seen all the awesome things Anna has been sewing up with madras?! She got me inspired to dig into my stash! I have been collecting them off and on since I first started sewing, so I had a healthy stash on hand.

I decided last night to make a simple picnic quilt with them, and voila! I was on a roll! It's not too big, 50"x45" but still, I was happy to get it finished up in under 24 hours! I've never finished a quilt that quick! I was originally going to just do simple squares, but I needed it to be a little bigger, so I added the "bricks". It was super easy to piece and took no time at all!


Madras Picnic Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
For the backing I used a solid sheet I thrifted a few months ago. It's so nice when you don't have to piece a backing! I quilted it with turquoise thread, some of the free thread I picked up on Thursday! I also pieced together a few big batting scraps, so this really is quite a scrappy quilt!


Madras Picnic Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I bound it with this yummy raspberry Pastry Line by Anna Maria Horner that I received in a fun swap with Jenna! :)


Madras Stash, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I think madras are so pretty and summery. I am really glad that I ended up turning mine into a quilt! It will be perfect for picnics this summer. It's super soft!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

24 comments :

  1. Wow.... the madras quilt is gorgeous... all those luscious colors! Congrats on the VERY quick finish!

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  2. What a fantastic quilt!! I love it!

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  3. Madras--where can you purchase them? I scored a vintage sheet yeterday at a antiques hop and thought of you,. I don't know how you get so many:) I am not that lucky, but the lady that worked there said she would call me as soon as more came in. She was even going to look at her house to see if she had any;) Hope so!!

    Love your quilt!

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  4. this is so pretty and perfect for a picnic quilt.

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  5. That is so fun, Jeni! I love it and can't believe you got it made so quickly! The binding is great it pulls it all together. Did you have trouble with it being slippery?

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  6. This is stunning! I love the patterns and the colours of the madras, and the way they combine in the quilt. It gives it a softness and a vibrancy all at once. Awesome stuff!

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  7. just beautiful jeni! Gosh, I can't believe you made it so quickly, but it is GREAT!! your madras is super pretty. :) perfect for a WI picnic. :)

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  8. This really is so different to all the other quilts out there, but is the PERFECT picnic quilt. LOVE it!!

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  9. Gorgeous - and your speed in making it has just spurred me to get away from the computer and to the sewing table to finish something up!!

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  10. Wow, this is gorgeous. The fabrics are perfect for a picnic quilt!

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  11. love it! What a great picnic quilt!

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  12. I love Madras! You have some very pretty ones!

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  13. I am loving this quilt. Love the colors. Reminds me of those shorts I used to wear in high school. Thanks for sharing. How is Henry?

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  14. Your new quilt is fabulous! I just love an instant gratification project.

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  15. you NEVER stop amazing me! love all your beautiful quilts. thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

    just ordered materials to make you dream on quilt.

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  16. I'm so impressed with the binding on your quilt. It looks perfect. Do you sew it on by machine only? or part machine and part hand? Lately I've been attaching it to the back first and folding over to the front and sewing it down. I hope mine looks 1/2 as good as yours.

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  17. Love, love, love it! I'm itching to make a beach quilt right now. And this is pretty much the color scheme. Hm... I need some madras.

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  18. It looks really summery and fun!

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  19. I love this - so simple and great!

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  20. I agree.....Madras plaid fabric is just beautiful, with its vibrant colors, and adds so much life to anything you make with it. I bought madras fabric at https://store.fabrics-textiles.com , i think they have the widest collection out there.

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