12 Picnic Quilts for Summer

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Picnic season is upon us! Deli sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, and sweet iced tea—to name a few picnic favorites—all packed in a basket, ready to share with friends. The only thing missing is a fun, fast picnic quilt to complete the scene. That’s why we’ve put together a list of a dozen free picnic quilt patterns. Each one is about throw-sized, easy to piece, and great for showing off your favorite colors and cool fabrics.

Hugs & Kisses – 66″ x 66″

Welcome summer with this seasonal variation on the Hugs & Kisses quilt.

Tessellating Hearts by Jeri Auty – 65″ x 74″

Turn blocks of red, blue, and white prints into a love-filled quilt. Jeri Auty shows you her method, step by step!

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Fabulous Fun Quilt – 74″ x 98″

24″ blocks whip together quickly for a fabulously fun quilt with an equally fun floral fabric.

Blazing Bandanas by Agnete Kay – 41¹⁄₂” x 55¹⁄₄”

Cut up bandanas to make this perfect summer quilt.

Jungle Fever Half Square Frenzy – 54″ x 54″

Grab your favorite precut 10″ squares and get to making this fun quilt!

Crazy Courthouse Steps by Heidi Pridemore – 42″ x 51″

Catch the wild summer energy with this energetic Courthouse Steps quilt.

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Leaf Pile – 72″ x 72″

Feel the foliage fantasy with Leaf Pile!

Rhapsody – 60″ x 60″

Use a jelly roll, charms, or scraps to make Rhapsody.

Midnight Dreams by Marje Rhine – 57″ x 68″

Use batiks with lots of color variation to take full advantage of this jewel of a quilt.

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Kelmscott in Winter – 66 1/2″ x 76″

Don’t let the name fool you. This easy quilt is perfect for summery 10″ precut squares.

Geometric Squares by Michele Scott – 46″ x 58″

Showcase your favorite fabrics with this easy, light-hearted pattern.

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Patriotic Picnic – 63″ x 63″

Here it is, the perfect quilt to spread on the grass for an evening under the fireworks.

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My sister and I love crafting and trying new things, so I wanted some patterns we could try for our first quilt! I didn’t know the Kelmscott in Winter was that easy to do with 10″ precut squares. I’ll have to refer to this article when my sister and I find some fabrics we like, thanks to this post.