Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Perfect Picnic!

Welcome to my stop along the trail of A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop!  

Thanks to  Madame Samm @ SewWeQuilt for all the behind-the-scenes work to set up this terrific hop, and to Mary @ I Piece 2 - Mary for organizing and cheering us along!  Here's the main link just in case you might have missed any of the wonderful picnics and fabulous quilts so far on the hop:  A Perfect Picnic:
Getting ready to PICNIC?
A special thanks to Petersboro Basket Co. and Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this terrific Hop!!  You may already know how much I love the folks at RBD - I hang out there with regular "How to Quilt" and "Sewing Basics" tutorials on their website, like the one in the previous post!
Now, here's my recipe for a Perfect Picnic:
  
Pack a perfectly wonderful, easy meal:  (See this delicious recipe HERE)

Add the perfect company...
Lay out the perfect picnic quilt...

...Then try to find the perfect setting!  

Maybe by a stream...


...Along a roadside...

...In the sagebrush...

...On a rock by a lake...

...On an old ranch where the buffalo roam...

...not even kidding!...we decided not to throw out a big, bright red quilt at this time...  (see VIDEO)

...By a lake...

... that is, Jackson Lake at Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park!  I worked there as a waitress and breakfast chef between college semesters 35-36 years ago...  one of my favorite places of all time!

...On a snowbank...??

Yeah, we decided to hike the long way to the picnic grounds around a lake... still a little early in the season.  This was our trail..  I was a little tired... no problem.  The laminate backing wipes right off!

...In the forest... (are those huckleberry bushes??)

...In a pasture...

...On a fence...

...On a bank along a River...









Yep.  A perfectly wonderful picnic, perfect company, perfectly lovely settings, with a perfect quilt for the occasion!

Houndstooth Picnic Quilt (Pattern HERE) with Riley Blake solids and black & white Tuxedo prints;
Riley Blake cotton laminate backing in tone-on-tone red dots and Tuxedo prints.
I added a flap with a handle and velcro for the perfect pack-along quilt.
UPDATE:  See this TUTORIAL to make your own Pack-Along.
Now, be sure to check the other stops along the trail today!  

Friday June 6
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In The Boon Docks
Quilt Taffy

 
p.s. The full lineup of perfect picnics may be found HERE
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p.p.s.  If you happen to get rained out of your picnic before dessert, see how to make Instant S'Mores!


p.p.s.s.  For your viewing pleasure, here's that video:





60 comments:

Carol S. said...

You really look like you had a great time with your beautiful picnic quilt. It looks great folded up and spread out! Your pictures were such fun to look at. Thanks for sharing your picnic with us!

Judy B said...

What a wonderful picnic quilt, and love how it traveled to such great spots! Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Such a great idea! You are awesome!

Shar said...

I love Jackson! When I saw the first picture on this post I knew right away where you where at. I love the picnic blanket. I have made a few of them. They are great Christmas presents.

Shari said...

Ha, you two look like you are having too much fun...LOL. Lovely quilt, beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

Lovely quilt, lovely company, lovely surroundings, and even a "lovely" patch of snow! Looks like you had a wonderful picnic!

Ella and Nesta said...

What a beautiful place and your quilt is really clever. Love the design.

KaHolly said...

Delightful post. Love your idea for a picnic blanket - very clever!

charlotte said...

Not sure what I like better, the picnic quilt or the scenery. Great job and the photo shoot looks like such fun!

Thearica said...

Love your picnic quilt! I need to make a fold up version now! Love all the spots you photographed yours at!

Handicrafty Sisters said...

Cute quilt and awesome post!

Nancy said...

Oh Deonn your post is Beautiful! The tour, the food and your lovely Perfect Picnic Quilt! Thanks for sharing your Day with us!!

Huggs, Nancy

Ale jc said...

My first stop on a Friday no less and what a way to begin and end our week...YOUR HOUNDTOOTH quilt is gorgeous Deonn, your photos totally out of this world....well for us anyway since we do not have mountains in our backyard....each one soooooo darn lovely..your lunch scrumptious...and can we talk about your closure of your picnic quilt...totally brilliant..x

Nana B said...

Wow! Everything was so pretty. Did you make up the pattern for the folding of the quilt?

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Lovely and functional quilt...gorgeous surroundings!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I want to come play with you Deonn! The scenery was incredible and the quilt was the perfect thing to set off the colors of the sky and mountains, or maybe the sky and mountains were the perfect color to set off the quilt. :) I love the flap to hold it together and those fabrics, oh my goodness....beautiful! blessings, marlene

Linda C said...

How clever that the quilt folds up in its own carrying case -so it can be transported easily especially since you were auditioning photo spots. Perfect picnic quilt! In perfect colors, perfect scenery and perfect company. Beautiful area you have the privilege to enjoy in person.

I am glad that you linked to the tute. One of our guild members did a program on houndstooth quilts not long ago but did not include a handout. I just have some little sketches on a piece of paper as supporting documents. Houndstooth of course is huge in Alabama as that was Bear Bryant's hat fabrics. Mostly you see it in black and white and then crimson accents.

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

What a neat carrying case built into your picnic quilt and beautiful quilt too.

Scrapatches said...

Deonn ... thank you so much for the wonderful picnic quilt, photos and post!
I enjoyed everything about it including watching the bison cross the road. Bison and mountains like these are not something we see much of in New England where the mountains are small (although I have been up Mt Washington in NH which is the highest mountain on the east coast) and the biggest thing that roams is the moose (which can be pretty big) where a family of four is a big herd.
I love your fold up quilt. Thanks for the link to the pattern. All four of those designs would make a nice seasonal picnic quilt ... :) Pat

Unknown said...

What a perfect picnic Deonn! Love your quilt and how it folds up to carry... the shots of possible picnic spots are awesome. Thank for the wonderful inspiration!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Wow Deonn, what perfect quilt and super post! The pictures are amazing as was the snow. Okay, I did go back and read your previous post and noticed there was a picnic/birthday event....a mention of being the age of the speed limit. Then I look at your picture and I'm thinking, you must live on a mountain road where the speed limit is 35!! Anyway, I loved your post and it seems you a blessed with a very fun-loving husband and lots of creative talent!

Carla said...

Deonn, your pictures are amazing. It looks like you had a lot of fun picnicking. Your smile says it all.

Vickie said...

Deonn, the fold and carry quilt is a great idea. Your pictures bring back memories of our vacation last summer...Yellowstone, the beautiful Tetons.. If I could move anywhere in the world it would be Jackson Hole Wyoming. So old west...my kinda place.

Anonymous said...

Deonn, it is just a huge big enormous WAOH!! First, I thought, yes, in Switzerland, I saw the mountains, then the snow, green grass, water... but then, no, definitly not Switzerland, when I saw the bison... LOL!
Superbe quilt, superbe post, I really LUV it!

Calicojoan said...

What a gorgeous place. I love visiting up there. Great picnic quilt. Love how it all folds up and stores easily. That would also make a great car blanket for those dratted times when you have to change a tire or something stupid! LOL!!

Lori said...

A very pretty quilt. Wonderful that it folds up. You had a fabulous tour of where to picnic. Thanks for sharing photos.

krislovesfabric said...

Great design, and oh my so many gorgeous places to picnic!!

Marcy said...

Wow! The pictures and your quilt are sensational. What a gorgeous quilt and wonderful background for a picnic

Mary said...

Your quilt turned out wonderful. Your pictures stunning. What beautiful backdrops you have. Thank you so much for being part of this "Perfect Picnic" hop.
Did you decide to use batting or not? The curious would like to know!

Margo said...

Love your adventure! Thanks for taking us along!

Sheri said...

Wow-- the picnic quilt is fabulous and very clever the way it folds into it's own pack! The scenery is gorgeous and loved seeing every photo!

Sarah or Semmy said...

I enjoyed your pictoral story so much. Also admire how you made to picnic quilt.

Kathy H said...

Wonderful picnic quilt. I enjoyed the video too, beautiful setting of buffalo, mountains and flowers.

Ronni said...

Super post! The pictures, the craft, the scenery, everything awesome! And a Buffalo too :)

Needled Mom said...

Thar beautiful quilt would be stunning anywhere! Your settings are all gorgeous.

sherry said...

love that quilt and the landscape it is in is to die for

Jane's Quilting said...

What a beautiful quilt. It is so convenient and perfect for a quilt. I loved it!

Amy said...

Love all your settings, too cute! The quilt is just beautiful, love it.

Linda said...

What a great post! Your picnic quilt is beautiful and perfect! I love the way it folds away. What gorgeous settings, too!

qwilltr said...

A tutorial on how you did the flap and handle would be awesome! That is such a great idea! Do you have any tips on using a laminated fabric for your backing? I have some but haven't tried it yet. I must put this on my list of to dos! Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

Fantastic quilt. And your pictures are just fabulous. Thanks for sharing the fun day.

Chiska said...

GREAT quilt and fantastic background!

the girlfriend gap said...

A lot of beautiful pics for your picnic ! I have been to see the Grand Tetons . Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Picnics are dear to my old fashioned heart. Janita

Lesley said...

Fabulous quilt and fabulous pictures! Well done!

evelyn said...

Great photos. What a wonderful day you had. The quilt is dynamite!

sandra said...

What a beautiful picnic quilt and I love the way it folds up into carrying case. The scenery is just breath taking

Cindy said...

Oooo...I wanted to pick my favorite spot but each time I scrolled down further I'd go - that one....no, this one.....no....! So much beauty!
Great idea for a fold and carry style. I'm picking up loads of ideas for picnic quilts. If I were a faster quilter I'd make one for all my family members for Christmas!

gpc said...

What a great picnic quilt, I love it! And what amazing scenery!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness... fun quilt with creative construction, and stunning gorgeous photos!
What a great job!

Missy Shay said...

I love how your quilt folds up! Is that part of the pattern also?

Suze said...

The beautiful houndstooth quilt is perfect for a picnic with the amazing scenery. I like the pops of blue, too. Blue is my favorite color and I love red, white, and blue quilts. You photography captures the features of the scenery and makes me want to be outdoors, especially among the mountains. I'm sure it was an amazing time; just packed full of fun. I'm putting the pattern on my wishlist.

Susie said...

I love the picnic quilt and oh those pictures, such wonderful places for the picnic. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

LJ said...

As always, a great post and a wonderful blanket. I think I choose the lake for the perfect setting though I love old barns (minus buffalo and bulls!). That's a great idea to add the flap and I appreciate your pictures showing us how it folds into a perfect 'package'!

Corrie said...

The carrying flap is a great idea. I really like that. Deonn, what pretty photos & a super cute quilt. Thanks for taking us along with you!

Mara said...

Your pictures are AMAZING! I feel like I am with you on your picnic, the quilt is beautiful and love it's function-ability.

Brandy said...

Looks like you guys had a really nice hike! I love the part where you unfolded the quilt then laid down for a nap :) Thank you for sharing your picnic Deonn!
~Brandy

Karen said...

Your picnic quilt is wonderful, and I almost started hyperventilating as I viewed your photos as it looked like you were in my mom's back yard. Yes, she lives in Jackson, so my suspicions were confirmed! I will be attending the Small Town Quilt Show in a couple weeks and have some questions about one of your classes. I cannot get an email to you through that website or this one, so could you please contact me at krseitz at earthlink dot net? Thank you so much!

Dorothy said...

Love your quilt! I too spent a great summer in the Teton's about 33-34 years ago, best summer of my life :)

Theresa said...

That's a great quilt! Love how it folds up into a bag. Wonderful places for a picnic.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Finally made a tutorial of how to turn a quilt into a pack-along! Here's the link: http://www.quiltscapesqs.com/2015/11/fancy-finishes-pack-along-quilts.html