Fat Quarter quilts

Vintage Picnic

Vintage Picnic quilt

Last month, I took a little trip to my Grandma’s house up in the Colorado mountains. I brought along my “Vintage Picnic” quilt–barely quilted the night before–and hand-stitched the binding on in the car. Once we arrived at Grandma’s, I propped it up in the midst of the hollyhocks so that the quilt could be at home with its source of inspiration.

The Pattern

Vintage Picnic is a fat quarter quilt. The pattern was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop which means you can only get it on their website. Download the PDF here.

I have such romantic ideas about picnics and so it had been on my mind for some time to design a quilt inspired by picnics. As I thought about my favorite elements of picnics, a couple of important images came to my mind: 1) fresh flowers, and 2) gingham.

Vintage Picnic quilt

As you can see, the block incorporates both of those elements–a flower sort of frame with a gingham/checkered sort of design within. The checkered design is incorporated into the border as well! It takes 9 fat quarters from my Gooseberry group (ships to stores in October) and comes together quickly, thanks to strip-piecing and easy connector corners. Fat Quarter Shop is already offering kits for this quilt for pre-order here.

Make the Block

I hope you enjoy making this one as much as I did. (I liked it so much I made another one for my daughter in Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut line. More on that later.) Here is a special video I filmed with Fat Quarter to show you how it’s made:


  1. Anthea

    August 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I'm new-ish to your designs & this one is just so pretty, congratulations…

  2. CJ

    August 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Great quilt and ohhhh, let's see the Fresh Cut version while we're waiting for Gooseberry to arrive!

  3. Helen L

    August 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I just placed my first order for your Gooseberry fabric and can't wait to see it!! 🙂 And that is such a cute quilt pattern. Congrats on all your wonderful quilting successes!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

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