Hello! Penny here from sewtakeahike! Today I'd like to share a tutorial with you for making a HUGE! picnic quilt! I don't know about you, but when I need a picnic quilt, a little quilt just won't do. So if you like a big 'ole quilt when you go on a picnic, this might be just the quilt for you!
1 fat quarter set pezzy prints
1/3 yard each of 6 different coordinating moda solids
1 yard each 9 different pezzy prints
6 yards backing fabric
90" X 105" batting
23" binding fabric, cut into 9 strips 2.5" wide
Isosceles template (included in Printer Friendly Version)
Notes: all seam allowances are 1/4" unless otherwise specified.
1. Cut 144 triangles from fq set, yardage of pezzy prints, and 1/3 yard cuts of solids.
2. Choose your layout for the triangles, (18 across makes a row) and sew them together in rows.
TIP: to keep the triangles organized and in the order I wanted, I picked them up a row at a time, keeping each triangle in the correct order and then pinned a sticky note to the first triangle with the row number on it.
There will be 8 rows. When sewing the triangles together, the edges of fabric will not meet up as if you are sewing squares together. Instead, you will overlap them like this, and the edges will come together where the 1/4" seam allowance is.
Then when you sew the next triangle on, make sure the point of the new one is even with the one previously sewn.
3. Sew the 8 rows together, making sure to pin, pin, pin to match up points and edges.
4. Trim the side edges so they are straight.
5. Make your quilt backing. (For my quilt back, I cut out a few extra triangles and used some coordinating moda solids)
6. Make a quilt sandwich and quilt your picnic quilt.
7. Square up your quilt, and make sure to keep the batting and backing scraps to use later to make your handle strap.
8. Make your binding and bind your quilt.
9. Using the backing scraps from squaring your quilt up after quilting, piece together two strips 3" x 92"
10. Spray-baste a strip of the scrap batting and lay one of the strips onto the batting.
11. Quilt the strip lengthwise with a straight stitch every 1/2" and then trim the batting even with the strip edges.
12. Layer the quilted strip right side up and the remaining strip right side down and sew together along long edges, stopping and starting sewing 2" from each end.
14. Place the right sides of the two ends with no batting together. Pin and sew together. Repeat with the ends that have batting. (This will be fiddly, just go slow).
15. Topstitch along each edge of the strap.
To pack and carry the picnic quilt, fold the quilt lengthwise in thirds.
Then fold each end in about 18".
Then fold one end again.
Fold the other end over and place the quilt evenly over the handle strap.
Grab the loops and bring them together, folding the quilt in half one more time, and there you have it!
84" X 101.5" isosceles picnic quilt with a carrying handle strap!