Oh Happy Day! Picnic Quilt Tutorial from Love By Hand

Christen from the blog Love By Hand is with us today – she’s sharing a picnic quilt tutorial using our just-released Oh Happy Day! collection. Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or find it online!

And stick around ’til the end, because Christen lets you know where to find an Oh Happy Day! fat quarter bundle giveaway…

Hi everyone! I’m Christen from Love By Hand, and I’m here today to share a fun picnic quilt to take with you on the happiest of days with the new Oh Happy Day! fabric! To me, there is nothing happier than a day spent outside on a quilt with the sun shining on my face with a gentle breeze and a good book.

So, let’s gather up a yummy FQ bundle of the fabric and make your own! Quilt finishes approximately 58″ x 68″.


Materials Needed

• 14 FQs assorted Oh Happy Day! fabric (in stores now)
• 1/2 yd Stripe for binding
• 3.5 yds Sprinkles for backing
• 2 yds batting
• Coordinating thread
• Sewing Machine and Notions

Cutting Instructions

This quilt goes together super easy once everything is cut! Don’t be intimidated by the cutting – it goes fast, promise!

*Note: I placed my FQs on my cutting table with the 18″ side of the FQ along the bottom closest to me with the selvage edge towards the top. See photo below for an example.

Cutting Example

I absolutely LOVE large scale florals and prints, so I highlighted those in the above quilt. So, to cut the larger pieces, I used the Roses, Sprinkles and Asterisks prints for the following three FQs.

From 1 FQ cut:
1 piece, 20″ x 14.5″
1 piece, 12.5″ x 2.5″

From 1 FQ cut:
1 piece, 12.5″ x 20.5″
1 piece, 3.5″ x 15″

From 1 FQ cut:
1 piece, 20.5″ x 10.5″
1 piece, 9.5″ x 6.5″

Then, I just started grabbing FQs as I went along to cut the rest.

Stack 3 FQs on top of each other and cut:
1 piece, 5.5″ x 10.5″
1 piece, 5.5″ x 6.5″
1 piece, 4.5″ x 20.5″
2 piece, 6.5″ x 9.5″

Stack 3 FQs on top of each other and cut:
1 piece, 5.5″ x 20.5″
2 pieces, 4.5″ x 20.5″
1 piece, 3.5″ x 15″

Stack 2 FQs on top of each other and cut:
1 piece, 12.5″ x 10.5″
1 piece, 10.5″ x 9.5″
2 pieces, 4.5″ x 10.5″

From 1 FQ, cut:
1 piece, 5.5″ x 10.5″
1 piece, 4.5″ x 20.5″
2 pieces, 6.5″ x 9.5″

From 1 FQ, cut:
1 piece, 5.5″ x 18.5″
2 pieces, 6.5″ x 9.5″

From 1 FQ, cut:
1 piece, 5.5″ x 20.5″
1 piece, 8.5″ x 20.5″

Sewing the Quilt Blocks

The picnic quilt, while using lots of different sized pieces of fabric, goes together in a series of blocks.

Block #1: (1) 20.5″ x 14.5″ and (1) 4.5″ x 20.5″

Block #2: (1) 20.5″ x 8.5″ and (3) 4.5″ x 20.5″

Block #3: (4) 4.5″ x 10.5″ and (3) 4.5″ x 20.5″

Block #4: (2) 10.5″ x 9.5″ and (3) 5.5″ x 6.5″ and (1) 5.5″ x 18.5″

Block #5: (4) 5.5″ x 10.5″

Block #6: (4) 5.5″ x 20.5″ and (1) 10.5″ x 20.5″

Block #7: (1) 12.5″ x 20.5″ and (1) 2.5″ x 12.5″

Blocks #8, 9, 10: (4) 6.5″ x 9.5″ for each block

Block #11: (2) 12.5″ x 10.5″

Block #12: (3) 4.5″ x 20.5″

Sewing the Quilt Together

To sew the picnic quilt together, sew the blocks together in rows as follows:

Row #1: Blocks 1, 2, 3

Row #2: Blocks 4, 5, 6

Row #3: Blocks 7, 8, 9

Row #4: Blocks 10, 11, 12

Row #5: Piece together (4) 3.5″ x 15″ pieces

Finishing the Quilt

One the top is sewn together, layer your top, batting and backing together and quilt as desired. I used simple straight line quilting very sparingly as I knew I wanted it to be softer since I’ll be carting it around to outdoor concerts all summer. You can even use big-handstitching as well.

For the binding, cut 7 strips of the Stripe fabric 2 1/4″ x WOF. I machine bind my quilts because, well, it’s fast, but feel free to use your preferred binding method. Because, well, who doesn’t just LOVE a striped binding. I think it’s my new favorite!

Thanks Christen! We are so excited to make our own!

Can’t wait to get your hands on some Oh Happy Day! fabric to make your own quilt? Head on over to Christen’s blog Love By Hand for your chance to win a FQ bundle of the entire collection!

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6 Responses to Oh Happy Day! Picnic Quilt Tutorial from Love By Hand

  1. Kitty says:

    A very happy fabric line indeed! I love the quilt Christen made with it! Thanks for sharing her tutorial!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Those fabrics are perfect for a picnic quilt. I love the colorful asterisk print.

  3. Beth says:

    Yummy picnic quilt. I’m new to quilting and I love your ideas and your instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for all the pics, especially the “sewing the quilt together” with all the pieces numbered. It’s so appreciated for this newbie. Thanks and have a great day!

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  5. Sheila Stepp says:

    I am inspired to make a picnic quilt. The yummy fabrics would be wonderful to do it with!

  6. Lory says:

    I am going to try this SOON


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