In the beginning of this summer, I decided that I wanted to enjoy lots of family picnics this summer. My girls love eating outside and sitting on top of a blanket on the ground has even more appeal to them then eating at a picnic table. In the past we grabbed whatever crocheted blanket was around and took it with us. But, I decided that a dedicated picnic blanket would be better for us. And also I think it would make for special memories and nostalgia to use the same blanket every time we picnicked.
We have 6 people in our family- my husband and I and our 4 kids. So, I new this needed to be somewhat big so that we could all comfortably sit and enjoy a meal.
I settled on Gooseberry by Lella Boutique for the fabric. This fabric reminded me of my childhood and I think it is so, so beautiful.
I thought over patterns for a while and ended up using this one. The tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company was awesome to follow and I loved how April used layer cakes instead of charm squares.
It came together quickly, which was great since I wanted to use this right away.
I decided to make it 3 large broken dishes blocks by 3. The finished size was 76" x 76".
I love how the top turned out. It is so bright and pretty. Here is my husband trying to hold it up for a picture :) pretty good try on his part.
Then I sent it to Quilting by David for quilting. This was the first time I ever sent a quilt out for quilting and I was really excited about it. Well, David did not disappoint. I chose the Orange Peel quilting design. David posted this progress picture-
I was so excited to see it and couldn't wait to get it back!
I settled on the pink and red polka dot binding and got to it as soon as it came back. This was also the first time I hand bound a quilt. In th past, I usually did machine binding but I was really excited to try something new. I watched this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company and felt pretty confident to start working on the binding right away. I do enjoy hand sewing so I really enjoyed hand binding and I think I'll bind my quilts like this from now on.
As soon as I put the last stitch in the binding, my sewing buddy got really cozy and took a nap :)
Here is how it looks all finished.
I love it so much! I can see many happy family picnics on it in our future :) I have made a bunch of things to go with this picnic quilt and I can't wait to share those projects with you soon!