Picnic Quilt: A light no batting Quilt

This Picnic Quilt requires no batting or binding, making this simple tutorial an ideal summer quilting project that is well-suited for beginner quilters!

Summer and picnics go hand in hand. I wanted to make a lightweight but colorful picnic quilt to use in summer and I made it using a simple patchwork pattern.

Perfect to carry around to the park or outdoor event.

The main difference between a quilt and a picnic quilt is that the latter is a no batting quilt.

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Picnic Quilt Tutorial

Easy step by step picnic quilt tutorial.

Total Time: 45 minutes

I selected a bunch of bright, fun fabrics and cut them into 8 inch (+seam allowance) by 10 inch (+seam allowance) rectangles using the Fiskars 60mm rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler.

I sewed the blocks together to form my quilt front. Next, I pinned my sewed quilt front to its quilt back (right sides facing together) with no batting in between. This is going to be a light and airy summer quilt with just two layers of fabric sandwiched together. I then stitched all around the edges of the quilt leaving just a small gap for me to turn the quilt inside out. I trimmed off the excess using a Pinking shears. I then hand stitched the opening close.

Next, I ironed the quilt flat, making sure the edge seams were in line. I then ‘tied’ the quilt together at each of the block intersections.

To tie, I inserted my needle into both the fabrics and pulled it leaving a long enough tail behind that could be used to tie a knot. Once I finished stitching, I used the tail from the beginning and tied a secure double knot. Trim the excess off carefully using a pair of Micro Tip scissors.picnic quilt

ALSO READ: How to make a keepsake baby clothes quilt in 5 simple steps

Here is another fun summer craft: A perfect gift basket for a friend – Smores for the win! Find my tutorial here.

What are you crafting nowadays? Leave a link below in the comments and I will try and stop by and see it!

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