Summer Quilting

Over the weekend I decided to go outside and get some color for my upcoming wedding (Yes, I was wearing sun screen!). I searched around for a good quilt to take outdoors and realized that I didn’t really have any summer patchwork quiltI was willing to use outside. Then I remembered (rather guiltily) that I faced this same problem last summer and started to make a colorful patchwork quilt to go outdoors with me. I never finished the quilt, and it has been sitting in my UFO basket ever since (it is a very bright and colorful "Summer" front as you can see in the picture I took of it).

I have decided that this will be my next project, but I am going to improve on my original plan by using oilcloth for my backing fabric. This way, even if the ground is wet, I won’t have to worry about the quilt getting soaked through. I got this idea from a project by Lisa Chin that was featured in Modern Patchwork. I will let you know how it turns out!


Tell me, what is your first project planned for this summer?

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4 thoughts on “Summer Quilting

  1. My summer quilt is a “Herd of Turtles for my sister-in-law. It is a variation of drunkard’s path. The background is mint green (scraps from another drunkard’s path quilt with a variety of batiks forming the body of the turtle. A head and a tail are inserted in the pieces and stick up. Sashing is purple–said S-I-S’s favorite color. The pattern is one of the old Kansas City Star patterns.

  2. My big project for the summer is a quilt to celebrate my 50th birthday on August 2nd….but I have so many ideas that I can’t decide what I want to make! The requirements are that it be relatively easy, fun and bright. I’m an intermediate quilter but want this one finished by my birthday (which is just a few days before I go back to work as a middle school teacher…and I don’t quilt much during the school year!) so I can enjoy it ON my birthday. All ideas welcome!

  3. Hi – I love your quilt top and can’t wait to hear how the oil cloth works for backing. That would be a wonderful gift idea for my grandkids. Please, keep us posted!!!
    I’m working on a couple of UFO’s as well as sewing a. Opulent of sundresses for our granddaughter. I think my first love is still in sewing clothing. The patter companies make it difficult however when a si gle pattern is $13.00!! Crazy!!

    Happy sewing