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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  1. What a great idea. Your picnic play mat is stylish too!

  2. Very Clever! What a wonderful idea. ThAnks for sharing.

  3. Now that's a great way to keep kids entertained during the dog days of summer! Great job.

  4. I just love your clever play mat/ blanket/ entertainment center! What a great idea to have games there and the pocket to hold the pieces is genius. Well done!! Play dates now required!

  5. I love this! I like the idea of the indoor picnic, especially in our heat, and this is perfect. My grands would like the candy for game pieces - lol! I think the fabrics you picked are so cute.

  6. What a great idea!

  7. How clever! Anyone who is a kid at heart will enjoy this picnic blanket!

  8. What a super idea to make an activity quilt. The pocket to hold game pieces was perfect. I agree that the quilt would work just as well on a rainy day as a picnic day.

  9. Oh my gosh, Charlene! You knocked it out of the park with this picnic quilt. My grandkids would love this and it would make a great gift. I love it! This is definitely on my make-it-someday list. Thank you so much for making a fun project for our Picnic Party!

  10. Ingenous idea! My grandchildren would have loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Very nice and creative as usual Love your work!

  12. Now that is what I call pretty and practical. Well done.

  13. That is a FABULOUS idea! I'm so impressed with your creative solution. If it's washable, the colors won't matter anyway. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  14. What a fantastic idea!! and the pocket is perfect for all the game pieces!

  15. How clever you are to remember to bring games the easy way instead of boxes and boxes to carry. This one I will definitely copy. Thank you. Robin @ quiltyladyrratgmaildotcom

  16. I love your quilt, such a great idea as children always become restless before the adults are ready to move. I must make one for my grandson.

  17. Very very cool! It's such a great idea, and love how you put it all together! xx