Avignon Picnic



Hi again, it's Andrea from Millions of Thoughts. Looking for a perfect summer picnic quilt? A few flips and turns makes a basic two rail block into something dreamy!
Can you imagine sipping your favourite wine, reading profound literature, savouring imported cheese underneath a great oak tree in the park? I can...but my reality says it will be koolaid, cheesestrings, oreos and will be on the sparse grass at the local playground. Ahhh the name of this fabric line makes me dream!!



1 Jelly Roll - Breath of Avignon by American Jane
1 Jelly Roll - Jelly Roll Basics - 9900-12JR - Natural
4 yards backing fabric - Breath of Avignon 21304-13 - Rouge
1/2 yard binding fabric - Breath of Avignon 21098 50A - Bleu





1. Separate jelly roll into colour groupings (red, green, yellow, blue). You will need almost every single coloured strip for this quilt, except for the few white prints. I even used the prints that look like they are strips from border/panel prints.


2. Sew a white solid strip to each one of the Avignon strips, using 1/4" seams. Press towards the dark print.


3. Cut into 4.5" blocks.

5. Separate the 4.5" blocks into the colour groupings.


6. Using one 4.5" rail block from each colour, arrange and sew them together as I have indicated in the illustrations below. Make sure to vary the prints and the position of the colours in the block. Block S and Block Z are basically mirror images of each other.




Block S - notice that the dark fabrics make it kind of look like an S?
Make 32 of these. Remember to vary your prints and colour positions:

Block Z - notice how this one kind of looks like a Z?
Make 32 of these. Again, as you sew them together, remember to vary your prints and colour positions:

7. Separate and organize into Block S pile and Block Z pile:
8. Sew one Block S to one Block Z. Do this for all of your blocks:



9. Turn one of your SZ blocks upside down and match together.

Here is an example below...
this one I didn't like the two reds and the two blues touching each other:


This one has more variety:
This is where varying colour/position in step #6 is very helpful!
10. Sew the two together to get one large, O looking block.

11. Arrange your large blocks into 4 rows, 4 blocks in each row.



12. Sew blocks together in each row.

13. Sew rows together.



14. The backing of this quilt is a gorgeous red (rouge) floral from the Breath of Avignon Line.
The 2 1/4" binding completes it with the pindot print in blue (bleu).



64" x 64" quilt

It washes and crinkles up beautifully - I had no problems with colours running!

72 comments:

Kimberly said...

Tres magnifique!

(ooh, I hope I spelled that right!)

greetingarts said...

I think it's fantastic! Looks *way* more complicated than the S and Z... thanks so much for these instructions.

May I ask how you quilted it? I can't quite tell.

Thanks again, it's beautiful.

momto2wasd said...

This is great!! The colors, the design--everything about it!

Kim Walus said...

A very creative twist to a simple block. I must make this quilt. Thanks for sharing this great design.

gale said...

That is beautiful and perfect for me (no triangles!). I think I will try this with my new freebird jelly roll. Now I wish there was a list of what Bella solids go with each jelly roll.

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

What a beautiful quilt! I have one of those Jelly Rolls, I might just try this pattern.

Jan said...

What a beautiful quilt. I will be in Avignon in July - this fabric and quilt will be on the to-do list when I get back to Australia.

Jenny said...

oh Andrea, this is marvelous! I did not NEED another project to work on, but add it to the list, I love this quilt!!

GailM. said...

I love that this is made mostly from Jelly Rolls. Great design. Love it.

Jen said...

Ooo, I love this quilt. It's beautiful. Great job on designing it.

Shawn said...

Great, I love your quilt, wonderful design and instruction!!

lissa said...

How fresh and classic. Great job!

Marisa said...

I adore this pattern. I've been looking for something like this to make a quilt for my son's bed! I'm excited to get started!

Sarah said...

Wow! How stunning for such a simple block!

kelly lautenbach said...

LOVE this. I'm pretty sure I have a jelly roll in my sewing room that wants to be this quilt when it grows up! :) Thanks!

PatSloan said...

very clever layout of color!

Barbara McD said...

Great job - love the quilt!

gardenpat said...

What a great and fun pattern!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I'm going to have to get this one cut out right away!!

Kelly O. said...

really like this design!!

ohiostar5 said...

Love the way the strips form chains across the quilt. Would be great in smaller baby quilt size. BettyLou

AJ said...

Love it! Thanks for the design!

Dresden Quilter said...

It is so beautiful.

Jamie said...

So nice! As Greetingarts said, it looks so much more complicated than S and Z!

Nicole Morris said...

I love this. Such a striking design, yet really easy to put together, ingeeeeenious!

pam said...

I love this!

I do need to ask tho. I always have trouble with seams locking. Since you never know what seam will go with what seam, how do you press the seams? Are they pressed open?

Staci said...

This is just great! I love love love it! Got to get some new Jelly Rolls! I can see making this one for Christmas gifts! Thanks so very much for this tutorial!

teresamnj said...

Really love this!

jaybird said...

beautiful quilt!

Lee said...

congrats on your pattern. looks wonderful. maybe you will be able to use it next weekend.

Melissa C said...

Love it. I need to go shopping.

Katie B. said...

LOVE this pattern! I have a jelly roll just waiting for a project...this might be the one :)

tracy_a said...

gorgeous!

Jan said...

Wonderful design.

Andrea said...

Thanks everyone! Truly, if you take a few simple railblocks and mix them up and turn them around, you can get so many different geometric patterns, it's really cool!!

greetingarts - I quilted with a larger stipple pattern. I wanted it to be a casual quilt without too much 'showcase' quilting, so that I wouldn't be afraid to use it at the park! LOL

pam - yes, press open your seams if you have difficulty. I pressed to the darker side for all steps and had no problems...but I did give extra shots of steam to make them really flat!

Crafty Mama said...

So cute! And how clever for a simple rail fence block to turn into this, great job!!

rodvold said...

I think this is my favorite Moda bakeshop pattern! It looks so fancy and complicated but yet super easy to make. I love it!!!!

Muddling Through said...

I LOVE this pattern!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Cara said...

I'll be making this one! Super adorable!

sewsusan said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! I have put it on my list of quilts I want to make!

traceyjay said...

quite clever... I love the interplay between the white and the focal fabrics... so pretty. :)

Sandra said...

Simple and beautiful!Love the fabric line.

bikim said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS WORK!
ROSA

Jeanne Lobsinger said...

Beautiful! Only I don't want to put it on the ground and get it dirty!

Beth M. said...

I love this! I'm new to quilting, but this could be a contender for my first big project - such summery colors and looks complicated, but really isn't.

RaeLyn said...

Love it!! I'm buying fabric right now!!!

Carol said...

I love this quilt. I really want to make it.

fabricaddict13 said...

Love this quilt, want to make it. Can we get it printer friendly?

Thanks for the great idea for those jelly rolls1!!

V and Co. said...

holy moses. love it!

Kari @ Fresh Cut Quilts said...

Love this! I think this is my favorite thing I have seen made in this line of fabric. Great simple block that looks so much more complex.

Cristina said...

Great!!! thanks for the instructions I love it

Sherry said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for the "recipe"!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is one of my favorite Moda Bake Shop projects!! Beautiful!

tarabu said...

ooooooh, and I have a pile of batik jellyroll leftovers that have been itching to go into something fun and be surrounded by a sea of white.

I guess we all know what I'll be doing this weekend!

jen duncan said...

lol at your reality. It's almost identical to mine, but here we'll be bundled up in jackets because it's even 55 degrees in the summer! This is a real eye-catcher. Very crisp. Love it!

Karen said...

Just love this project!!!!! Thanks for the instructions!!!

Loris said...

Wow! Love this :-)
Thank you so much!

Lauralee said...

Such a clever pattern. I'm saving this one to do for sure.

Paula said...

I love this!

Geek+Nerd said...

Gorgeous!

a.niza said...

clever indeed...i love this!

Jenn said...

I just received a fabric order with the Avignon jelly roll and some white fabric. I might have to change my project idea again. I love the use of white in this, and glad to see it matches the fabric; I wasn't sure. This might turn into a pillow for me.

Mel said...

Love this!! It will be the perfect pattern for a reunion raffle quilt!

a little bit biased said...

I love this design and the colors against the white is so striking. Great job!

Kim said...

Great design! As a new quilter this looks like something that I could try thanks to your great directions!

prsd4tim2 said...

Can't wait to try it. Love the mix of colors with the white. So fresh and summery. Thanks!

Katrina said...

This is an amazing pattern! I simply love it.

Deb said...

Love this quilt! And it's deceptively easy to put together! I made it in pink/brown with a pale pink background - http://wp.me/pVHsi-8Q

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

I really love this pattern ... well done! I'm going to try it with some Echino strips I've got .. yum!

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You have such a unique style of doing your work.

Michelle said...

Andrea, I LOVE this quilt!

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