Monday, July 17, 2023

Sew It - Show It Picnic Party Challenge

Hello, and welcome to the Sew It-Show It Picnic Party Challenge created and hosted by the talented and wonderful Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.   

This month Carol challenged us to create a picnic accessory or quilt.  When I think of picnics, I think of good food set out on a blanket, a cooler full of beverages swimming in ice, and kids running amuck while the adults try to relax.  Oh, yeah, those were the days!

One of the biggest challenges I had on picnic was keeping the kids from whining they had nothing to do when their energy levels dropped.  For my project this month, I created an activity picnic quilt with games for the kids.   

The quilt measures approximately 48" x 63".

I added a pocket with a button closure to 
the bag to hold the game markers.

For the Hop Scotch game, I made a marker out of a Mason Jar lid and glued a piece of cardstock to the top.  You can still buy Hop Scotch markers (called Hoppy Taws) at Walmart and Amazon.  In a pinch, a smooth rock or other small object would work just as well.

The checker pieces are made out of foam.  Pebbles and twigs would work if you choose to do a nature hunt.  I even thought pieces of candy would work.  YUM!  

For the Toss Game, I made tiny bean bags and filled them with some small Christmas jingle bells I had on hand.  They make a cute sound when tossed.  Again, anything you can find will work as well. 

The Tic Tac Toe pieces are cut out of a foam, but can easily be replaced by whatever you have around the picnic area.  

All of the marker pieces fit nicely in the pocket on the back of the quilt, and the button closure works well.  A zipper or Velcro would also work.  

I made this quilt out of pastels on a white background because that's what I had on hand, and I'm doing my best not to buy new but use up my stash.  However, if I was really going to use this quilt as a picnic blanket, I might be inclined to use darker fabrics.  

And while this works well for a picnic party, I think it's an excellent activity for rainy days.  Throw it on a carpeted floor (tile might be too slippery) and let the kids amuse themselves.

I hope you liked seeing my project for Carol's challenge this month.  Thank you, Carol, for another fun challenge to keep us on our toes!  Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they have created for their picnic parties.    

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