Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day 4 of our Perfect Picnics...come and join us....we will be waiting..

WELCOME welcome welcome...
To day 4 of more PICNICS

When was the last time you had a PICNIC...a real one...
taking a quilt/blanket, picnic basket filled with homemade goodies
and went on a picnic...?

WELLLLLLL here is hoping many of you will be soooo inspired, 
YOU will plan some "FAMILY time" this summer...

LOOK who has invited us to theirs today..
BE sure to cheer them on...they went to sooooo much effort
to make it so special for YOU....

This is what soooo inspired me...

Cori from Chitter Chatter Designs really is responsible for all of this....From the time I first laid eyes on her designs...I was  in AWE....I know this sounds ridiculous and soooo over used...BUT I AM....really --I am her BIGGEST FAN... 

If ever you wanted to do applique like her...she is finally doing some pretty awesome TUTS here

I convinced her to design a NEW PICNIC quilt ....you can only imagine how magnificent it will be...
so she will be in our HOP...and for the  meantime...here is why I wanted to do this hop...
This is called Ant-titude...and you can still get this pattern....I did!


As a young lady in my pre-teens, I remember Sunday picnics after  mass. My Nanny and I would plan the sandwiches and salads, and of course there was a slice or two of our favourite fruit pie...We did this on Saturdays....We would gather all the necessary tools of a picnic, transistor radio( mine was black and it was a sanyo, no plug ins, just batteries) , books, dishes, blanket and picnic basket. We had our favourite spots we would go to but sometimes my Grand Pere would suggest a new spot he came across while on his frequent fishing trips. So we would get into his boat and he would surprise us with a quiet island off the large lakes we lived near.

Those moments are still as vivid in my memory as my quiet time in my quiet place this morning...

Now doesn't this sound like something you want to do this summer?

So here what was expected of all of our PICNIC ADVENTURERS...

.#1 YOU must create a PICNIC Quilt, some of us are using LAMINATES from RILEY BLAKE DESIGN for our backing...I thought this would make sense...keep our quilts nice and dry....Sooooo our dear friends at RILEY BLAKE Design, provided a few of our top 2 ladies with laminates ( optional for everyone else ) ....There are many rewards to putting your BEST forward...12 ladies will be showcasing their NEW DESIGNS on their day... Thank you RBD and for being our delightful, warm, dependable sponsor....

They needed the following..

#1 create a picnic quilt

#2 obtain some kind of picnic basket ( I recommend taking a peak at Peterboro Baskets, also a sponsor of our hop...

#3 plan a detailed menu and share your basket contents.

#4 take photos of your outing and share how your day went....

#5 what books or games did you bring along

( no phones, no electronic gadgets...must be left in the car or better yet at home) 

OHHHHH if you do purchase a basket from Peterboro Baskets....The President is offering

20% discount for all of you...JUST add QUILT as your coupon and this will expire on September 30 2014....

Wouldn't this be nice to plan at least 1 day a month with your LOVED ones? weather permitted of course....David and I are planning a picnic every two weeks...first I will plan, and then he will plan, menu, location....this is our plans for the entire summer....we do not have that many summers to explore and relish...soooooo we are beginning a new tradition..

Mary -from Ipiece2Mary  also enjoys traditions and picnics, so she is just thrilled to be cheering you all on this one. And for her efforts, Mary is getting a basket to plan her outing...

Mary and I certainly share many passions but you can bet this one is by far our favourite...

Peterboro Baskets has been a delightful new sponsor and sent me a few things to add to our PICNIC blog hop.....

WE always celebrate TALENT here...great PHOTOS, great PROJECTS
and what truly WOWES US today for WOW WOW WOW 
and for CREATIVITY was ......

Before we announce our top 2...
can I just say what an absolute thrill it is 
to get up each morning and be welcomed into
your world of picnics...EACH one of you 
have touched my heart and many thousands ..
Perhaps this summer all around the world
many of you will be inspired to picnic more...


loved the details...her picnic(s) her fabric choices, her design, her menu, 
her timing...her humour and most of a lllll for allowing us to laugh with her...

Loook at those ants...doesn't it just make you itchy ...?
although delightful at the same time...an ant family picnic...

Her DHubby certainly has eyes on the wine...it was after all past midnight...
Love her post..


For creativity...welllll this lady just cracks us up....and you just know
she must be drinking something to keep us laughing...it turns
out she is very talented quilter and her husband is pretty wicked long armer..
and they know how to laugh and picnic with OATMEAL...
yes do yourself a favour and check her out...

 Isn't this a lovely picnic quilt? 

And if you are thinking what else you could be viewing today...
drop in...for more RBD inspiration..

June 5 - Jedi Craft Girl

June 10 - Nancy Zieman

June 12 - The Sassy Quilter

June 17 - Just Let Me Quilt

June 19 - Simple Simon & Co

June 24 - Haberdashery Fun

June 26 - Sew We Quilt


  1. Good morning! I just finished visiting all of the picnickers for today! Lots of pretty quilts and yummy food to make your mouth water!

  2. I dare anyone to not smile after ready these posts this morning! What a cheerful bunch!

  3. I have to say one of my favorite things about the Quilting Blog Hops Here are not only the Beautiful pieces of work but the Stories that go along with them! They are great!! It brought back memories of the stories that went with the 2 Blog Hops I participated in here~ So much Fun!!
    Have a Great Day!!
    Huggs, Nancy
    PS, How is your Sewing Room coming along?

  4. I did two days hopping today, don't you just love the enthusiasm, creativity, fun and love that went into this hop from EVERYONE !! I love seeing the bloggers photos and their families !

  5. cool, cool quilts and fun stories. Makes my day!

  6. Great quilts and stories! In total awe of the creativity from everyone!!!!

  7. I agree, lots of wonderful quilts, yummy food and great stories!

  8. Thank you so much dear Mdm...I am truly honored to be picked for "Creative" today...one might say I'm even 'speechless' (then again...when am I ever speechless? LOL). Such a wonderful blog hop...so many awesome posts...totally agree with all above...the projects/stories are so much fun...I am thrilled to be in the company of so many sharing and caring quilters.

  9. Thanks to all who shared on this great day of picnic fun. I have been going back through all the earlier posts everyday this week just to enjoy again and again ... :) Pat

  10. I love the picnic quilt, lovely desing. The Aunts are just great.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Totally got a kick out of today's hoppers. ;) They were all so creative with their picnics.

  12. Another wonderful shop hop. Each one of you ladies did such a great job with the projects that you created. But aside from all of the inspiration that you provided, I sew enjoyed your stories, and recipes etc. I just want to add that some days, I and ( I'm sure others) that follow the wonderful blogs and blog hops really get such a "lift" by visiting and being able to take one's mind off of an otherwise tough day or week . Sort of like visiting with a friend or two over a cup of coffee and having a girls day of fun chat and sharing. So thanks to each one of you that take the time to enter into this lovely world of blogging and especially our dear friend and" CEO" Madame Samm. You all make my heart happy. Happy summer and enjoy your picnics.



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