Easy Picnic Quilt Tutorial



This quilt design is so easy that it does not even require a pattern. With this simple tutorial, you should be able to quickly and easily put together your own square quilt top, and completely customize it to use whatever fabrics and colors you want! The finished quilt top is 70 inches by 70 inches.

What you need:

  • 36 – 10 inch squares of whatever colors and fabrics desired.
  • 4 – 2-1/4 inches wide strips (approx 60 inches long).
  • 52 – 5-1/2 inch squares of desired colors and fabrics.

Start by choosing your fabrics. The quilt I have pictured throughout this tutorial uses 8 different fabric design choices, but you can use as many as 36 different fabric choices, or as little as 6 different fabric choices. It’s the perfect quilt to use up scraps and fabrics from your stash! If you are going to be using your quilt as a picnic quilt, I recommend staying away from whites, yellows, and other bright colors as they are extra bright to look at when being used in the sun.

With your chosen fabric, cut out 36 squares measuring 10 inches.


Cut out 52 squares measuring 5-1/2 inches.


Cut out eight accent strips measuring the width of fabric (WOF) X 2-1/4 inches wide. These can be made with the same fabric that is being used for squares (which is what I did in my quilt) or can be made with a completely different fabric that is not already in your quilt. Piece two of the strips together to make one long strip of fabric. Repeat with the other six strips of fabric. You should end up with four strips of fabric measuring 2-1/4 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long. You will trim them down to size once they are sewn onto the quilt top.


Once all of your pieces are cut out, it is time to start assembling the quilt top. Assemble your 10-inch squares into a square quilt top, with 6 blocks across the top and 6 blocks down the side. Sew the blocks together and press the seams flat.


Once the large blocks are all assembled, sew your accent strips on. Sew the top and bottom strips first, press flat, and trim to the width of your quilt top. Repeat with the side strips.


Now you need to make four border strips out of the 5-1/2 inch squares. Two of the strips should be 12 squares long, and the other two strips should be 14 squares long.

Once your squares are assembled into strips its time to attach them to your quilt top. Start by attaching the two strips that are 12 squares long to the top and bottom of your quilt. Press the seams flat. Repeat the process for the strips that are 14 squares long, attaching them to the sides of your quilt top. Press the seams flat.


That’s it! Your quilt top is done and ready for basting, quilting, and binding!

I like to use nylon for backing and binding my picnic quilts because it makes a durable, easy to wipe clean back for using outdoors. If you are new to quilting, I recommend making a few quilts before working with nylon because it is very slippery and can be difficult to work with. This quilt can be backed with whatever fabric you desire!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, or send me an email!

Happy quilting, friends!

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