it’s time for a picnic!

This quilt is kind of different than most of the other quilts I’ve completed – mainly because there’s no white in this one (no solid white, anyway…). I selected this group of fabrics and while they’re not my typical go-to colors, I really love the combo!


Much of it is made up of the great fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line (love!) and rather than use solid white, I included a few prints on white – a few of the white cake rock beach prints and the oh so cute Alexander Henry spotted owls on white. There are a few others mixed in and several solids in coordinating colors.


I went for strips of varying widths, and pieced in a few blocks of other prints to add some extra interest. When I took it out to photograph the top a few weeks ago, I thought it looked so good outside that I thought I might use it as a picnic quilt. Never mind that I can’t remember the last time I went on a picnic — maybe having a picnic quilt will change that! Since I thought I might use it outside, I opted for a darker solid for the back, but spiced it up a bit with a few patchwork strips.


As for the quilting, I so enjoyed the straight and curved random lines on the mini quilt I made last week that I decided to do something similar… although it certainly wasn’t as easy with a quilt of this size! The lines wobble a bit here and there, but I’m ok with it…


I went with a nice navy binding, and I’m very pleased with the final result. I’ve taken to bringing it with me when we go anywhere, just in case I find myself wanting to lay on the grass!

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32 Responses to it’s time for a picnic!

  1. 1
    Whitney says:

    my heart throbs.

  2. 2

    Is it wrong that I love the back so much? Kinda Denyse-ey… Fabulous!

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    Audrie says:

    I love it! The colours are just gorgeous and so cheery!

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    Em says:

    oh my gosh, i love this one too !! how did you finish yet ANOTHER quilt ?? i have been on the same 2 for the past month 😛 but thanks for keeping me inspired ! i can’t wait to get home from work and sew!

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    Sara says:

    Beautiful! I’m hesitant to say this, but I think it might be my favorite quilt of yours. The colors are so rich, especially that gold in the middle.

    Just lovely!

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    Tammy says:

    oh, I do like this quilt! I actually like all your quilts – you have an aesthetic that I just enjoy. I particularly like the colors in this quilt – kind of a summer on the italian, or possibly spanish, mediterranean feel. The green-blues and yellow-golds. And the strippy stripes. Love it all.

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    Alissa says:

    SO pretty! You’re making me want to stretch my usual fabric choices a bit!!

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    Tonya says:

    I love the front, but I am really in love with the back. What colors did you use for the solids? I agree with Tammy, it has a mediterranean feel. I love that you are taking it with you everywhere. You never know when a picnic could just break out.

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    Martha says:

    So beautiful! As usual, your quilt is breathtaking. I love the quilting on it.

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    Ashley says:

    WOW. I love this. A lot a lot a lot.

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    andi says:

    All the other picnic’ers will be so jealous.
    Andi 🙂

  13. 13
    heather says:

    You do such a GREAT job! I just LOVE seeing what you’re up to!!

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    Claire says:

    Everything you make is so beautiful… it makes me wish that I could quit my job to stay home and sew & quilt…..well back to reality….thanks for filling the earth with your GREAT & COLORFUL creations. Keep up the good work!

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    Kate says:

    Gorgeous job on the quilting.

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    Amy says:

    I just finished a strippy top also! They are very different though – mine’s all solids. I love this and it makes me feel like having a picnic too!

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    V says:

    Love it. the more random the better as far as it goes with me anyway! enjoy your picnic!

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    Theresa says:

    It’s really lovely Ashley. How did you do the straight stitching? Is it still with a darning foot or a walking foot? Love to know.

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    Emily says:

    As always, your quilt is beautiful! I’ve considered doing this type of quilting, so I’m happy to have a chance to see how it looks! Nice job!!

  21. 21
    Sarah says:

    I just love, love, love your quilts.

  22. 22
    Becca says:

    It is beautiful; I am impressed constantly by your ability to see a project through.

  23. 23
    anne says:

    I love your new picnic quilt and your spot quilt, how about a quilt along or a tutorial on these. Happy Stitching

  24. 24
    Kristy says:

    Your quilts are so beautiful. I’ve been following you for a while now but just had to say something. I love all the modern fabric you use. Such an inspiration!

  25. 25

    This one is really cool! I love the simplicity of just the stripes and the fabrics are great, really bold.

  26. 26
    Joanne says:

    Oh my…….you’re an absolute quilting goddess! I’m deeply impressed with all those beautiful quilts you made!
    Thanks for all the inspiring pictures and posts!

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    Liz says:

    Love how you quilted this. Did you use your walking foot or free motion foot? Think I might give this a try.

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    Sophia says:

    I think I’m gonna give that style of quilting a go for my next quilt. I love how the back looks. I’ve pressed the seams open on mine so I can’t stitch in a ditch and I’m too fond of the quilt to risk wrecking it with my first attempt at stippling.

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    Kyla says:

    Love all the colors….the patches of white really help balance out all the color. The different colors blend EXTREMELY well 🙂

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    jennifer says:

    I’m new to reading your blog and enjoy looking at your quilts very much. My daughter is getting married on Aug. 1 and I want to make her a quilt for a wedding present. I was showing her some of your quilts to get ideas of what she might like and this is the one she picked. I am scared to death because I have never made anything bigger than a baby quilt, but your quilts really inspire me. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Rachael says:

    Now I want to do a picnic quilt. How big is yours?

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