Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lecien Dots Picnic Blanket

a very good day

Well that was quick.

Lecien Dots Picnic Blanket

No batting, no binding, just squares. Sew front and back right sides together.  Turn. Edge stitch.  Tie.  It's that easy.

in the colors of summer

Only this time I cut my squares 9" instead of 8" and my picnic blanket ended up extra large.  Surely not a problem?

picnic with me?

These summery colors were fully inspired by the Lecien polka dots at Mad About Patchwork.  It was so easy to bring together a color scheme with those dots as my guide.  I know that without them I would not have gone nearly so vibrant, but vibrant is good sometimes.  Certainly on a picnic or at the beach!

Using a basic like a dot as my color scheme also helped me create a quilt that reads pretty scrappy.  It doesn't feel like a "collection", you know?  Super fun!

random backing

Used random home dec weight fabrics for the backing and was surprised to find I had enough in colors that suited.  My mom had thrifted that large royal blue/white cut.   Glad to find it a home!

finally, using this fabric!

And this pretty Jessica Jones Outside Oslo cut is also thrilled to be included.  It feels quite fulfilled to become a picnic blanket.

happily wrapped and tied

So she's all wrapped up and tied with an attached strap.  It's off to the cupboard in waiting for the big day.  Because, yes, picnic blankets are headed for the craft fair!  More to come.

Should you want to live a little polka dot into your life, Pam's offering the coupon PICNIC10 to save 10% on your entire order for July and August at Mad About Patchwork.  Score!

31 comments:

  1. It is so happy! Using the dots as your inspiration is a total success.

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  2. She's a beaut.
    I've often wondered about the bindless technique.
    Is it sewn/quilted together??

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    1. It is hand tied only with pearl cotton thread. It makes the blanket feel more like a blanket than a quilt and leaves the fabrics so perfectly flat!

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  3. That's it. I'm making one STAT. I have a pile of fabrics that has been waiting for months!

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  4. Lovely blanket, I just finished making my picnic blanket last night. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. cute! i'm desperately in a need of a homemade picnic blanket. i like that yours is no fuss--makes it seem more doable!

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    1. I've had picnic blankets with fancy bags that they tuck into and, while I liked the idea, I found them cumbersome to use. So, simple for me!

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  6. Oh, I LOVE the fabrics you pulled for this. And a picnic quilt can never be "too big" so that is perfect!

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  7. Such a happy quilt, Rachel! With our extra-hot summer, a batting-free quilt sounds perfect!

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  8. Lovely blanket,I may just make one of those.x

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  9. That looks great, the colours are perfect for chilling out at the beach or in the park! Love the no binding idea! That can be such a pain =D

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  10. This is a great picnic blanket - scrappy, happy, and colorful ( i ran out of -appys). Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how you put it together.

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  11. I love this-- so simple, and so vibrant!

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  12. I like how quickly this came together and how nice it looks! I wonder if it would also work to use a cotton laminate on the back?

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    1. I think it would. It would make a heavier, thicker blanket and I do love how lightweight this is, but it's still worth trying!

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  13. Now you'll just need to have extra large picnics :oD

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  14. That is so cute. I am inspired to put together some of my bright colors and prints.

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  15. It looks great! I was thinking that you could use polar fleece on the back so that it's waterproof - you know how sometimes the grass can be a bit damp?

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  16. That's so pretty, Rachel!!! Makes me want to go on a picnic....

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  17. Love that .... it's gorgeous. Great way to do some quilting without needing all the padding inside. So bright and beautiful. Bring on summer, I'm freezing. Your post has brightened my day.

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  18. I love your picnic blanket and I get how you did it except for one part, silly question, but where did you "tie"?? You have inspired me to make one for my family and I can't wait but I want to make sure I do it right :)

    Thanks for any suggestions :)

    Jaime

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    1. I tied the quilt with pearl cotton at some, but not all of the intersections where squares meet. It's hard to see in these photos! If you do a search for "how to tie a quilt" you'll find out how. Sorry, I don't have a tutorial on that yet!

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  19. Such a great project! I *may* be planning to copy your idea, I think everyone needs a beach/picnic quilt. I love how simply it comes together, too, and that patchwork is the best! Yet again, inspiration strikes after I've read your blog :)

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