Welcome to Picnic Under the Quilt Block! This block measures 12″ x 18″ and is my contribution to the Garden Party Row Along, coordinated by Marion Pena of Seams to Be Sew.
I am not a gardener but I love my yard. As I thought about this row along I thought about different flowers, and making a beautiful block with lupines. In the end, I didn’t want to do as much appliqué as it would require (lots of petals on a lupine). I think the Covid Quarantine made me want a real party, so, I decided to have picnic under the fence. It is a shady part of my yard, but my fence does not always have a quilt block on it. Sometimes it has one, though, and the block above is from the 2020 Monthly Color Block here.
I always use Electric Quilt 8* (affiliate link) to design my blocks. I like that I can make changes and add fabric images so it will look nearly like the end result.
And, here’s a little good news. The generous folks at Electric Quilt are offering you a discount code for 20% discount code (on any products except for EQ Academy) during the entire row along. The coupon code is: GARDENPARTY20. How great is that?
And, we have another great supporter of this hop, with Northcott fabrics. They generously sent some fabric for my block; I selected ones I knew I would use – the fence, the purples, and the green! It would be part of my design no matter if I changed my mind or not.
This block above was my prototype. I liked the festive fabrics for the blanket, the fun way the broccoli fabric made fantastic watermelon strips, and the grass and fence fabric I had.
This is the finished block. I love the way it turned out and below you will find some suggestions for your version of the block.
To get the block click on the button below and while you are at it, consider trying my blog for awhile but checking the email block. This month, I have 2 other projects with free blocks/patterns and run a monthly Tips/Tutorials on the 22nd, with oodles of great information. (As of 10/20/20, this block is now $2)
Now, a few suggestions before you even look at the pattern.
Be sure to watch how you cut those pieces out if you are concerned about the direction the pieces will be in on your block. You can see them laid out on my block board; I recommend using one as you construct blocks. You can find out more about the ones I am made here.
Cutting the grass: When you are getting ready to sew the grass, you make an additional cut to one of the pieces for the grass. The larger one will be trimmed on the diagonal beginning 2″ in from the edge.
This falls under the more good news. I am proud to say that my blog is the site for the Antia Goodesign giveaway! WOW! It is a gorgeous pattern with piecing and embroidery instructions. It is Periodic Table with Quilting terms…so much fun in that quilt. I am getting a machine that will be able to do some of this soon.
And, now, for the giveaway.
Please read the giveaway rules, which can be found here. Most important of the rules are two things – use a real email address, be willing to pay for shipping your prize, and you must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
Here is the remainder of the schedule (complete schedule here)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design | Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt | Scrapdash | Your Sewing Friend
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Charisma’s Corner | Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting | Tuning My Heart Quilts
Thursday, October 01, 2020
Barbara Dieges | Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio | Ursa Minor
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Bumbleberry Stitches | Charlie’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew | The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Lynn’s Beauty
Quilt Art | Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Show and Tell Day
Coming Up on the Blog:
Hello Fall Blog Hop – 9/21
QAL by the Sea #7 – 9/22
Tips and Tutorials on the 22 – 9/22
QAL by the Sea #8 – 9/29
Linking Up With:
For the Love of Geese