Project Planning: Picnic Quilt

I’ve always wanted to have a picnic/outdoor blanket, so now that I’m getting better at quilting, I thought it was the perfect time to make my own. I have so many ideas for it, so I thought it would be fun put all my inspirations in one spot so I can finish planning it!

Elements of my perfect picnic quilt:

  • hardy/water resistant backing
  • comfy
  • cotton top
  • handles, bag, or some way to roll it up and secure
  • machine washable or easy to clean
  • summery vibe
  • built in game(s)
  • pocket for game pieces (either on quilt or quilt bag)
  • some hand stitching

These three quilts have a lot of what I am looking for in a quilt:

picnic blankets
1 | 2 | 3

I think pieced denim will be the best backing in terms of hardiness and washability.

Sources (clockwise from upper left): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

I think I’m going to use a flannel for the batting because I read that it is absorbant. It will also add a layer of padding between the ground and me. I have no idea what flannel to buy. Should I buy something of decent quality or are most flannels the same if you’re not seeing/touching them?

I would also love to have some games sewn onto the quilt. I can just see myself playing checkers in the park.


This is what I’m thinking for a color palette. I am basically obsessed with mint and coral right now so I’m really excited to work with these colors.
color scheme


4 thoughts on “Project Planning: Picnic Quilt

  1. Love the idea of a built in game! Wish i had of thought of that when i made mine.
    I thought about using denim for the back as well, but opted for a cotton duck. Super sturdy, but it’s not as heavy! Just a thought :)
    And i love your colour palette!

    • Thanks for the idea about cotton duck! Does that do a pretty good job of keep water/dew from getting to the quilt top?

      • Unfortunately it doesn’t… but you think it would with a name like that! But it would be better than regular quilting cotton for keeping the wet out.
        It’s just a sturdier, more heavy cotton, kinda like men’s work pants.

      • I know seriously! Doesn’t sound duck-like at all. I’ll have to check it out though, sounds like a good alternative.

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