Going on a Picnic

December 28, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments

I love the look of old mid century metal picnic baskets. They are functional, colorful and evoke a feeling of warm sunshine and lazy afternoons. These picnic baskets come in a myriad of different designs and patterns, some have an allover pattern and others are very graphic.

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The first time I saw Cotton and Steel’s fabric collection “Picnic” at Alewive’s, http://www.alewivesfabrics.com a local quilt store, my brain lit up. The design possibilities seemed endless so I hurried home with a bunch of fat quarters to try my hand at a picnic basket block.

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I wanted to make the basket blocks life size. After playing around with graph paper and measuring the images in the fabric an 18” x 24” size block emerged, perfect for a table topper or mini quilt. After playing around with different possibilities, an entire picnic theme quilt emerged. The Classic, Little Squares and Argyle Baskets were the first 3 blocks designed for the quilt.

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Playing around with the handles and tops of the baskets resulted in the baskets being filled with fruit and flowers.

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After thinking about the other things you see on a picnic a vintage thermos seemed like the perfect thing to emerge from a tin basket!

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Popular glassware from the 50’s includes Jadeite and I have been collecting this beautiful green glass for many years. A pitcher and glasses block with a plate of cookies seemed like a perfect fit and a bowl of flowers on the blanket repeats the flower motif from the flower basket block.

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The last block designed for the Picnic Quilt is Go Fly a Kite. The idea for this block was inspired after I saw kites being flown on a trip to the beach. When this block is repeated and flipped the tails give the kite design movement.

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The nine blocks in this quilt can be combined to make a perfect picnic quilt or the various blocks can be repeated or combined in different combinations to make smaller quilts. The design possibilities are endless.

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So lets go on a picnic and fly a kite!