Picnic Under the Quilt Block – Garden Party Row Along

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.

EQ8 Picnic Quilt Block

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.

Directional fabric:
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.

A Rafflecopter 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 schedule for my fellow bloggers today:
Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum 
For the Love of Geese 
 Ms P Designs USA 

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
Cheryl LaPlante
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

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  1. Ronelle
    September 17, 2020 / 4:53 AM

    Thank you very much for the BEAUTIFUL pattern you are sharing with us Kathleen.

  2. September 17, 2020 / 6:54 AM

    What a clever concept, and your row is really charming.

  3. Nancy Bekedam
    September 17, 2020 / 8:14 AM

    Super cute quilt-on-fence-with-picnic block, Kathleen!!!

  4. September 17, 2020 / 8:44 AM

    That is a clever block, Kathleen – I like the fabric used for the fence!

  5. September 17, 2020 / 8:53 AM

    I love love love your row. Great minds think alike, I tried to figure out how I could incorporate a quilt in grass alongside my wall.

  6. September 17, 2020 / 9:04 AM

    This is a great row, Kathleen! A picnic outside is a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing your talent and row with us!

  7. Bonnie Larson
    September 17, 2020 / 9:21 AM

    I love your block and I already love AG designs. they are awesome. I would love to add this one to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Nancy Myers
    September 17, 2020 / 9:22 AM

    A cute block. The fence fabric is wonderful. Glad there are no ants at your picnic.

  9. September 17, 2020 / 9:47 AM

    Hi Kathleen! What a fabulous block. The fabrics you selected really work – I love the fence for sure, and the stripes in the watermelon. Happy Thursday to you, my friend. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Gretchen Romanelli
    September 17, 2020 / 10:04 AM

    I love your picnic at home creation. The information about how to do the watermelon using broccoli fabric is genius. I have just the red gingham fabric for the picnic blanket. Your post got my creative side of the brain inspired while my real garden is winding down.

  11. Gretchen Romanelli
    September 17, 2020 / 10:05 AM

    Favorite quilt block is cathedral window.

  12. September 17, 2020 / 10:36 AM

    I love, love this! So pretty and inviting! My favorite block is a log cabin block. I

  13. Lori Smanski
    September 17, 2020 / 11:00 AM

    this is wonderful thank you for the pattern and the tips.

  14. Elizabeth Balcom
    September 17, 2020 / 11:51 AM

    Thank you. I love picnics. Great Design.
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  15. thedarlingdogwood
    September 17, 2020 / 12:21 PM

    Oh my gosh, love your row!!!! So cute! With the watermelon and the quilt on the fence, it’s perfect!

  16. September 17, 2020 / 12:32 PM

    I loved reading about this pattern and how you came to design it. I love the idea of a picnic in my backyard…. cept I might want to eat at a table… LOL I know defeats the whole purpose of a picnic, but what can I say, getting up from the ground is not so easy for me anymore, so I avoid it… like I do falling even, although that hasn’t stopped me yet… LOL Anyway… if you do get that embroidery machine, let me know I’ll give you a hand if you need it.

  17. KatieQ
    September 17, 2020 / 1:05 PM

    Thank you for sharing the design process of your lovely block. I love the fence. It reminds me of the stockade fence in my backyard. It’s been looking pretty shabby with a few rotten panels so my husband is replacing them this week. I will have to try hanging a quilt block on one of the new panels. I love having an embroidery machine, but I don’t use it vey often. One of my goals for the autumn/winter months is to find proects that will work with it.

  18. Connie
    September 17, 2020 / 2:40 PM

    Thank you for sharing such a great block! Much appreciated!

  19. September 17, 2020 / 2:46 PM

    Adorable block!! Love the idea and the design!

  20. September 17, 2020 / 3:47 PM

    OMGosh… I am in love with this block! This one just took my favorite spot out of all the garden party blocks…

  21. Susan
    September 17, 2020 / 7:15 PM

    I like everything about your block. Nice job.

  22. Susan Nixon
    September 17, 2020 / 8:15 PM

    Oh, I do like this! Great idea! Thank you!

  23. Patti
    September 17, 2020 / 10:15 PM

    Picnics are great fun! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Joanne Maner
    September 17, 2020 / 11:49 PM

    Thank you for the unique block.

  25. TheGranChris
    September 18, 2020 / 1:28 AM

    Not sure I understood your question but my favorite block is a Granny Square, I love your Watermelon. It’s wonderful.

  26. September 18, 2020 / 8:07 AM

    What a cute block, Kathleen! Your fabric choices have worked so well too.

  27. Sobana Sundar
    September 18, 2020 / 9:33 AM

    This is a really beautiful block. You have taken a lot of trouble. Thanks a lot.

  28. September 18, 2020 / 11:50 AM

    Oh my gosh, Kathleen, this is just the cutest block…love it! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Pam Winterrowd
    September 18, 2020 / 2:35 PM

    I LOVELOVELOVE this row!!! So colorful.

  30. Orla V
    September 18, 2020 / 4:25 PM

    Such a wonderful block, the watermelon is so realistic, it makes me want to be sitting there
    – then I could peek into the picnic basket. Thank you.

  31. September 18, 2020 / 4:59 PM

    Kathleen your block is just the cutest! Who doesn’t love a picnic. Your fabric choice is perfect. I do love your Star fence block, but I think I will make mine with a churn dash since I is my favourite block.

  32. September 18, 2020 / 7:02 PM

    LOVE this! Thank you!

  33. Janet Nancy
    September 18, 2020 / 11:17 PM

    I bought some of that fence fabric a while back, not knowing what to use it for. Now I have a great use for it. Thanks for the row.

  34. Joan
    September 19, 2020 / 10:50 AM

    Ohhhh…I’m squealing in delight. What a fun block, and a picnic too! Great combo for our “fabric” gardens. Thanks for the fun row.

  35. September 20, 2020 / 8:43 AM

    Cute row! Now I want to have a picnic. . . My favorite quilt block, right now, is Mariner’s compass. Thank you for sharing your design!

  36. jbsews
    September 20, 2020 / 9:05 PM

    Well, this one is just lovely! I would have to say the Pinwheel or Card Trick is my favorite….at the moment. 🙂

  37. September 21, 2020 / 12:49 PM

    What a fun block, I love that wood grain fabric for the fence!

  38. Kathy Bruckman
    September 23, 2020 / 12:40 PM

    Thank you for such a fun pattern. Can’t wait to make it.

  39. September 29, 2020 / 12:59 AM

    Adorable row, looks to be fun.

  40. Dione Gardner-Stephen
    September 29, 2020 / 9:49 AM

    love how your block is a reflection of you and your quilt block-holding fence. Thanks for the pattern, much appreciated.

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