Yippee! My portion of the picnic quilt is all done! This quilt is for my daughter Roxie and her husband Tom. I worked on this quilt with Tom’s mother, Mary. Yes both of us Mother-in-Laws are quilters and we also made their wedding quilt together. We got together to piece the blocks and set this quilt together. Then since I have a long arm quilting machine I quilted it and sewed on the binding. The quilt then was handed off to Mary to hand stitch the binding down.
I’m pretty excited about the upcycling we were able to do with this quilt. All the plaids and denims used in the blocks were from thrift store shirts or dresses (100% cotton). The binding is from a denim curtain I found at a thrift store, 100% cotton and no signs of wear or sun damage.
The backing comes from a duvet cover, also a thrift store find. It had an Eddie Bauer label and has a beautiful feel to it, lots of life left in this piece, and of course it was plaid!
Here are Tom and Roxie holding the quilt, and Mary will have the binding finished in plenty of time for many picnics this year! It’s really fun to give someone a picnic quilt, one that is meant to be laid on the grass or sand, have a little wine or food spilled on it, and a good size to really stretch out on and read a good book.
And of course this was made with 5″ squares!
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