Art Gallery Fabrics on Friday, I instantly knew they needed to become a sweet, summery, patchwork quilt. From there, everything fell into place for this quilt. I ran up to my favorite shop to grab background fabric, Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Natural. On my way home, I stopped at a thrift shop and found the vintage sheet I used for backing (for more info on sewing with vintage sheets, see this post). Between Friday and Sunday, that stack became this sweet modern quilt. Sometimes you just get that sewing energy burst, I sure did this weekend!
chain-piecing, where you continue to stitch blocks together without clipping your threads in between. So, let's get to it!
Patchwork Picnic Quilt
- 10 fat quarters (or 3 charm packs, or 1 layer cake)*
- 2 1/4 yards of solid or semi-solid fabric for background
- 1/2 yd of binding fabric
- 4 1/4 yds of backing fabric (or a full/double size bedsheet)
- 2 1/4 yds of batting (76"x80" piece)
- Coordinating thread
Note: 1/4" seam allowances
Finished Size: 68"x72"
*For this quilt you'll need a total of 120 print 5" squares and 120 background 5" squares. You could use more or less fabrics for desired variety!
- cut (3) 5"x22" strips
- from these strips cut (4) 5" squares
12 squares per fat quarter for a total of 120 squares.
From background fabric:
- cut (15) 5" x WOF (width of fabric) strips
- from these strips cut (8) 5" squares
Total of 120 squares.
From binding fabric:
- cut (7) 2.5" x WOF strips
1. Sew a 5" print square to a 5" background square. Continue until all the squares are paired up.
3. Sew together sets of four squares, making sure to match up background and print squares. Continue until all the four square sets are sewn into strips of eight squares.
4. Sew together sets of 8 squares, making sure to match up background and print squares. Continue until you have 15 strips of 16 squares each. These are your finished rows!
5. Press your seams to one side, pressing all your rows the same direction.
8. To piece your backing, first cut your backing yardage in half. Press. Carefully trim off the selvedges and sew your pieces together lengthwise.
tutorial), quilt, and bind (tutorial)!