Even though red is my favorite color, lately I have wanted to make quilts using yellow. No particular reason other than yellow seems to make me feel happy. In the May/June 2014 McCall’s Quilting Magazine I saw a yellow quilt that I knew I wanted to make. It is called Picnic Grove and was designed by Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Dry Goods Fabrics. The Fat Quarter Shop put together a kit to make the quilt and even though I loved the fabrics, did not purchase a kit at that time. This winter though on a dreary day, I happened to check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s one day flash sale and much to my surprise, there was the kit of fabrics. I hardly ever remember to check out the flash sale—which is most likely a good thing—but since I happened to check it the very day the kit was available at an incredibly super reduced price, I felt it must be a sign that I should splurge and get it. The Fat Quarter Shop is so quick to send out their orders so I received the kit a couple days later while we were still in the gray dark days of winter.
Oh how fun it was to be using the color of sunshine on such dreary days. I made the first one the same as the pattern. It’s hard to tell from the picture but there are two different yellow borders. The first narrower border has smaller flowers and the wider outer border has the flowers set much further apart. With careful cutting of the fabrics, I was able to make a second quilt without the wider outer border. These quilts were very quick and easy to make in addition to being so cheerful.
Once I was done, I trekked through the rain with my umbrella in one hand and a quilt in the other to give the quilt to my neighbor and fill her day with sunshine as she was packing to move. I have a fat quarter bundle that includes these same fabrics so all the bits and pieces of fabric that were left over will be placed with that bundle for another quilt another day. You never know, we might have a bunch of winter days again next year.