Patchwork Picnic - Simple-to-Piece Blocks That Celebrate the Outdoors - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Gracey Larson

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Let's go on a picnic . . . and return inspired to quilt! Sew cute critters, fancy flowers, birds and bugs, trees and turtles, and other odes to the out-of-doors with 30 adorable quilt blocks, each in two sizes: 6" and 12" square. The secret to making these charming designs? An easy stitch-and-flip technique that skips foundation piecing and templates--sew only straight seams! Create a fun sampler quilt--featuring all 30 blocks--plus seven companion projects including a table runner, tote, and pouches. Simply choose your favorite blocks and plug them into the patterns. With handy cutting charts and a lettering system for keeping track of where you are as you make each block, sewing will seem like a picnic!

by Gracey Larson
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color, softcover
Product Code:
Publication Date:
July 1st, 2019
Return Info:
This title is out of print; Returns accepted in resale condition only until December 6th, 2021
The blocks in this book have very detailed assembly instructions with lots of diagrams. I love that Gracey offers them in 6" (for wall hangings or smaller projects) and 12" sizes, making this book a great resource for future projects. It also offers many possibilities for all the fabric scraps we have been saving. The blocks in Patchwork Picnic would shine regardless of the fabrics: reproduction, novelty, modern prints, or solids will personalize the sampler quilt or smaller projects you make, lending a nostalgic, whimsical, or contemporary feel to them.

The sampler quilt is amazing. Take a closer look and you can envision theme projects such as a bug quilt, a garden quilt, a neighborhood quilt, a pet quilt... And there is the star I love so much! Simple, everyday things and creatures are elevated to stunning gems in Gracey's unique blocks.

All you need to know to make them is to sew on a straight line. Perfect for novice quilters and with interesting block designs to attract veteran sewists, Patchwork Picnic is sure to claim permanent residence on our cutting table.
Cuando yo era niña (hace ya muchas lunas….) mi abuelita me llevaba junto con cuatro sobrinos cada sábado al Parque de la Hormiga. He querido averiguar porqué el nombre pero no lo he logrado. El asunto es que llevábamos una canasta con comida para que después de andar bicicleta nos colocáramos con un mantel a cuadros bajo un árbol a comer y disfrutar del resto de la tarde. En México no les llamamos Picnics sino “Días de Campo” así sean en un parque o jardín urbano. Les cuento esto porque al hojear este nuevo libro titulado “Patchwork Picnic” lo podría yo titular en español: “Un día de Campo hecho en Patchwork”.
Su autora, Gracey Larson ha diseñado 30 blocks de patchwork celebrando las imágenes que a ella la llevan a pensar en uno de esos días de verano donde uno extiende un mantel o una frazada a cuadros bajo la sombra de algún hermoso árbol y el tiempo comienza a pasar lentamente a beneficio de nosotros.
El libro se divide en seis secciones que organizan: pequeños insectos, animales, flores, elementos de la naturaleza y una sección con blocks tradicionales como el log cabin para complementar los diseños mencionados. Con esta colección se puede elaborar un hermoso sampler (y llevarlo al Día de Campo) o bien confeccionar diversos proyectos pequeños como un camino de mesa, la bolsa para la compra o bien lindos estuches con zipper.
La autora nos brinda la opción de trabajar con nuestros retazos consentidos o bien adquirir un juego de telas de las que ya vienen hermosamente organizadas en una linda paleta de colores de acuerdo a nuestros gustos y nuestra decoración de casa.
No por ser blocks sencillos dejan de ser interesantes en su confección queriendo decir que este puede ser un libro para principiantes con lo que se sentirán muy satisfechas de los resultados obtenidos pues las explicaciones y diagramas nos llevan de la mano con gran claridad.
Conocimientos básicos como el uso de la regla de corte, la comprensión del sistema de pulgadas, el empleo del cortador circular y el uso básico de la máquina de coser será todo lo que se necesite para poder elaborar los hermosos proyectos y después disfrutarlos durante un hermoso Día de Campo.

Translation: When I was a child (many moons ago….) My grandmother took me along with four nephews every Saturday to the Ant Park. I wanted to find out why the name but I have not succeeded. The thing is that we carried a basket with food so that after riding a bicycle we placed ourselves with a checkered tablecloth under a tree to eat and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. In Mexico we don't call them Picnics but “Field Days” even if they are in an urban park or garden. I tell you this because by leafing through this new book entitled "Patchwork Picnic" I could title it in Spanish: "A Field Day Made in Patchwork."
Its author, Gracey Larson, has designed 30 patchwork blocks celebrating the images that lead her to think of one of those summer days where one extends a tablecloth or plaid blanket under the shade of some beautiful tree and time begins to slowly benefit us.

The book is divided into six sections that organize: small insects, animals, flowers, elements of nature and a section with traditional blocks such as the log cabin to complement the mentioned designs. With this collection you can make a beautiful sampler (and take it to the Field Day) or make various small projects such as a table runner, the shopping bag or cute zipper cases.

The author gives us the option of working with our scrap pieces or acquiring a set of fabrics that are already beautifully organized in a beautiful color palette according to our tastes and our home decoration.

Not because they are simple blocks, they are still interesting in their preparation, meaning that this can be a book for beginners, so they will feel very satisfied with the results obtained, because explanations and diagrams take us by the hand very clearly.

Basic knowledge such as the use of the cutting ruler, the understanding of the inch system, the use of the rotary cutter and the basic use of the sewing machine will be all that is needed to be able to elaborate the beautiful projects and then enjoy them during a beautiful Field day.
As a long time fan of Gracey Larson's work, I was excited to see this cute picnic themed collection of blocks. There are several charming projects included in this book including the perfect picnic sampler. Use these blocks in Gracey's projects or add them to your own creations! This book is a great addition to your quilting library!
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Gracey Larson

Gracey Larson has been creating since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She has always enjoyed living in a world of color, pattern, and creativity. Gracey began quilting in 2009, after years of admiring her great-grandmother's quilts, and quilting has been an ongoing passion for her ever since.

As a Christian and self-described "wildflower," Gracey loves God, her family, her church family, adventure, traveling and singing with her family, and stitching those memories and moments into her quilts. Her patterns are unique and whimsical, and they appeal to a growing number of quilters who seek to include pictures in their own projects without the need for paper piecing or templates. Gracey's work has also appeared in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

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