Fat Quarter Idol Round 2: Meet Me at the Picnic

on April 22 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 169 Comments

Thank you for all the Fat Quarter Idol feedback, enthusiasm and participation! We are LOVING your packs! Our judges, Heather Bostic and Kaye Prince, have helped us select the finalists for Round 1: Sweet Child of Mine packs, so hop over to that post to cast your vote.

This week’s theme: Meet Me at the Picnic! Use Pinterest to combine 12 fabrics from Sew,Mama,Sew! to create the perfect fat quarter pack for the theme of the week. Winners are promoted and fully credited here on the blog, you get to see your pack for sale in our shop, PLUS we’ll send you one of your packs for free!

Submit the URL to your Pinterest board for Meet Me at the Picnic in the comments of this post by this Friday, 4/27!

There have been several questions we’d like to answer:

    Q: Can you do two boards for one theme?
    A: Yes, you can do two boards for one theme, but no more.

    Q: Should you pin a small thumbnail of the fabric or a larger image?
    A: Please pin the larger image. (Click through to the product page.)

    Q: What if one of my fabric selections is out of stock or says it’s not available?
    A: It’s OK if the fabric says out of stock or not available if it is in the Coming Soon section. If it is in the sale section, please choose something else.

1. Create a board on Pinterest that includes Sew,Mama,Sew! #FatQuarterIdol and the theme of the week. For example: “Sew,Mama,Sew! #FatQuarterIdol Meet Me at the Picnic” (The hashtag will help us find your board.)

2. Pin exactly 12 fabrics onto your board. All fabrics must come from the Sew,Mama,Sew! website. They can be currently available or in the Coming Soon section. Fabric can be solid or a print. Put “Sew,Mama,Sew!” and the fabric name in the description. For example: “Falling Flowers Blue ~ SpringSong @ Sew,Mama,Sew!” (When compiling your pack, don’t forget you can browse our fabric by designer, collection, print, and color.)

3. Submit the URL of your board to the blog post describing the theme of the week here on the blog. For this week’s theme submit your URL in the comments below on today’s post. Themes will be announced every Monday. You need to have your URL in the comments by Friday of the same week.

4. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family you’re about to become a Fat Quarter Idol!

You can pin our rules graphic to your board, and you can also grab one of our Fat Quarter Idol buttons for your blog. 250 px: http://www.sewmamasew.com/april2012/fqi_button250.jpg / 200 px: http://www.sewmamasew.com/april2012/fqi_button200.jpg

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169 Responses to Fat Quarter Idol Round 2: Meet Me at the Picnic

  1. Anne says:

    Yay!! Thanks Kristin! I thought that was the case! πŸ™‚

  2. Elizabeth says:

    And here is my second board… more of a Mod vibe.


  3. SarahF says:


    I loved the birds in the Sugar Hill line, so I went with those colors and nice spring feelings

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Here’s mine. I based it off of the Caitlin Spring LAWN which I think has a vintage linen feel.


  5. Anne S. says:

    Ok, so now I have a question.

    This is my first week participating and I may have missed some things when the rules were initially posted.

    My question is this: Sale Fabrics, 100% not allowed? Because from what others are posting, that’s what it seems like. However, when I read the few frequently asked questions above, it said:
    “Q: What if one of my fabric selections is out of stock or says itÒ€ℒs not available?
    A: ItÒ€ℒs OK if the fabric says out of stock or not available if it is in the Coming Soon section. If it is in the sale section, please choose something else.”

    So, given that answer, I understood it that as long as Sale Fabrics were in stock and available, they were allowed. Was I right in my understanding, or is everyone else right in their saying that we’re not allowed to use sale fabrics? If everyone else is right, big bummer to me, as I used some. ::sigh::

    • Kristin says:

      Yes, Anne, you are right! If the fabric is available, you can use it! Only if it is out of stock and in the sale section, don’t use it because we won’t be getting it again.

  6. April says:

    I thought I already left a response, but I don’t see mine. I’m posting my entry again.

    April – Little Mama Hen


  7. leanne says:

    this was such fun just had to do another board – orange, yellow, and blue πŸ™‚ http://pinterest.com/daisyandjack/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic-/

  8. Kfelsen says:

    My theme was inspired by the Pink Lemonaide that my Grandma use to make for me. As I added the colors, I couldn’t help but think of a delicate little fancy picnic with glazed peachy pink cupcakes and sprinkles that the ladies back in the 1960’s might have had had by the lake under a tree. Enjoy! This was a fun contest!


  9. Jennie P. says:

    Here’s #2 for me. I was thinking of Lemonade on a warm summer day. Hence the warm palette.


  10. Andrea K says:

    I think of blue jeans, green grass and gingham cloths and tiny little ant visitors along with plenty of sun when I think of picnics. This red,yellow,green and blue combo would make a great picnic quilt!

  11. Kelli says:

    Here’s mine–red gingham, flowers, and primary colors to make a picnic quilt! πŸ˜‰

  12. Julie says:

    I made one this week too! I made mine to *look* like gingham Γ’β‚¬β€œ which is the ultimate picnic symbol Γ’β‚¬β€œ rather than actually using gingham!
    This is the best contest idea ever!

    (I hope this doesn’t duplicate post – or that I’m not too late! I posted last night but nothing seems to have happened. Apologies if I’m too late / duplicating!)

  13. Anne Santana says:

    It took a little bit of work, but I think I’ve come up with a collection that I really like and think work well together. I hope you all like it too!

    So, without further adieu, here’s my entry.


  14. Diana says:

    This is my first board submission like this. It’s been fun!

  15. Nancy says:

    Can you send me an invite to pinterest. I tried to request one through the site but they haven’t responded.

  16. Michele says:

    We can’t use any sale items right? That was hard for me, but this was a fun little thing to do.

  17. Tricia says:

    Hope I’m not too late to play. I was drawn to red, bluey-greens, and a pop of yellow:

  18. Jen S says:

    I love Spring picnics when flowers begin to bloom. Rainy grey days become less frequent and the sun shines more brightly each day. Yellows, greens, and reds combined with soft neutrals.


  19. So this week was a bit difficult for me because all the fabrics I liked were on sale. Now that awesome, but does make this contest hard haha. Here is my board


    I blogged about it at


  20. KerryQ says:

    My second board is all about citrus. This is such a great way to “audition” fabric.

  21. Heidi says:


    Who wouldn’t want a red gingham tablecloth with red and green matching napkins for a fun picnic in the sun? Spread out that perfect tablecloth on some green grass under a shady tree, enjoy an apple as a few butterflies flutter around the nearby flowers… Ah, I love summer…

  22. Amy says:

    That was fun, but challenging! Here’s my board — thinking of a picnic on a lake… in a pine forest.

  23. Fiona N says:

    A primary colour picnic quilt was my inspiration for this week! Thanks again sew,mama,sew!

  24. jen says:

    I can see how much fun it is to make these boards !! Here’s my second, inspired by the thoughts of green grass and blue skies :


  25. jen says:

    couldn’t help but to succumb to the year of the TANGERINE : I’m dying to make an orange quilt this summer !! :


  26. Kristi says:


    I went with a cool floral palette the colors of the sky and earth.

  27. Emily says:

    So much fun! I pictured a spicy picnic with mango lassis!

  28. Julie says:

    I made one this week too! I made mine to *look* like gingham – which is the ultimate picnic symbol – rather than actually using gingham!


    This is the best contest idea ever!

  29. After seeing everyone else’s boards, I appear to have dull taste! But I love it so much that I’m going to make a picnic quilt with my board whether I win or not πŸ™‚


  30. Michele says:

    Whew, done in the nick of time! My choices were made on the days of a late spring snow-storm here in Upstate NY,all while dreaming of picnic days ahead!

  31. Rafael's mum says:

    I am thinking of fresh green grass, daffodils and blossom. A chequerboard quilt in the meadow, filled with sandwiches, pies and ale, kids darting about with the lambs… I can just see it !:-) Thanks for a most enjoyable contest.


  32. Dina says:

    Here is the link to my board for this week’s contest. I had fun picking fabrics! http://pinterest.com/itsdrucilla/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  33. Kristen Hess says:

    Immediately I thought of gingham, blue skies and watermelon. This is the result. Enjoy!


  34. Manda says:

    How fun! I did mine off colors blue and green (grass and sky). And what picnic excludes ants?


  35. Pam T. says:

    Because I love Shot Cottons so much, I did a second board! Butterflies and flowers galore AND glorious Shot Cottons! http://pinterest.com/neverbored/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic-/

  36. Margaret says:

    Here’s mine — a take on the 4th of July picnic:


  37. Wendy says:

    Here is my colection – Red, White, Blue and Yellow! Butterflies for the out doors, kitchenware to signify food, family and eating and a nice group of coordinating patterns to tie it all together! I especially love the triangle pattern to signify kite flying at my picnic. I would love to make this picnic blanket! http://pinterest.com/madcityfish/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  38. Carrie L says:

    I hope I’m not repeating, but I don’t see the entry I turned in yesterday. Here it is: http://pinterest.com/jeremyscarrie/sew-mama-sew-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  39. Ruth says:

    And this board is inspired by the idea of getting dressed for a picnic:


  40. Here’s my picnic collection! I love these fresh outdoorsy colours.

  41. Ramona says:

    that bird fabric is so perfect for a picnic, I couldn’t resist playing along!

  42. Shruti says:

    Here’s my collection… I built it around the two gingham prints from the Stitch in Color Collection to make a bright and cheery bundle for a summer picnic!


  43. Another great topic! I started with a classic colorful plaid and made my way from there. I have all my fabrics ready to go for a fresh modern picnic! Who’s bringing the cocktails?


  44. DebbieKL says:

    Fun! Picnics make me think of blue skies, green grass, and yellow flowers!


  45. Pam T. says:

    What’s a picnic without a ferris wheel! Well, it’s really not a ferris wheel; apologies to the wonderful designer! The new “Quilt Blocks Wedding Rings” just reminds me of a ferris wheel! This one was harder to come up with since “Sale” fabrics can’t be included, but I’m happy with my grass, blue sky and sunshine!! http://pinterest.com/neverbored/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  46. Becky Greene says:

    Wow – that was a lot more fun (and so much harder) than I thought it would be! Here is my entry.


    Now, I am going to look at other’s submissions. Thanks for the chance to win and dream about summer picnics!!

  47. Helen says:

    I went for bolds and brights for a nice summery feel πŸ™‚ I wish it were warmer already!

  48. Kirsten says:

    Here is my collection – inspired by the picnic scene in the movie Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow…


  49. Caroline says:

    This weeks board inspired by warm summer days outside, 4th July picnics and the upcoming London olympics – so it’s all Red, White and Blue! πŸ™‚ http://pinterest.com/trilliumdesign/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  50. aSprinkling says:

    Fun! I’m ready to get started on the next one! http://pinterest.com/asprinkling/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  51. Jen says:

    Here’s my board. My picnic’s are always at the beach since I live nearby, so I went with an earthy, “beachy” theme. http://pinterest.com/aquiltingjewel/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  52. Joy says:

    This was fun! Spring greens and blues, fruit, flowers, and bugs: http://pinterest.com/joyvanr/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  53. del says:

    Here’s mine: http://pinterest.com/cozysplace/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

    I tried to combine picnicky items, so *fingers crossed*

  54. Taya @TypeB says:

    I went with traditional picnic holiday colors (red, white and blue for upcoming Memorial Day!) Instead of the checkered table cloth, I went with a more modern cross-hatch/weave and of course there are some yummy veggies, pesky critters, lovely flowers, and maybe some flying geese! A little linen to round out the meal.


  55. stephany says:

    And here is number 2 πŸ™‚ hope you like <3 http://pinterest.com/stephtastiic/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic-/

  56. stephany says:

    Here is submission number 1 πŸ™‚ i couldnt help but to make two!

  57. Joelle D says:

    Here’s my second board – an Independence Day picnic quilt!

  58. Sherry says:


    These are so much fun to put together. This time I added a Vintage Tin Picnic Basket. i can not wait to see next weeks theme.

  59. Charlotte E says:

    Oooh I don’t want the fun to end.

    Here is my pick inspired by green leaves, blue skies and nature.


  60. The first thing I thought about when I saw picnic was a plaid blanket. The Grace’s Garden Cool Dusk from the Reunion collection has a gingham pattern in the background. This fabric combined with the Daisy Dots in Green and Turquoise from Flea Market Fancy inspired me this bundle:

  61. Kelly G. says:

    Checkered table cloth, blue sky, yellow sun, green grass and lots of flowers! I want to make a picnic quilt with these fabrics!

  62. Tawny says:

    Here is my entry: http://pinterest.com/tawnybee/meet-me-at-the-picnic-sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol/

    All the things that inspire a picnic: Food, the lovely picnic blanket, trees and nature… πŸ™‚

  63. erin.n.waters@gmail.com says:

    Here’s my go at it! Hope you like it: http://pinterest.com/neubie/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridolmeetmeatthepicnic/

  64. Lisa Johnson says:

    You have no Pin buttons on your fabric pages and my iPad doesn’t have a way to pin. I am so bummed!

    • Irene says:

      Lisa- You should be able to add a “Pin It” bookmark to your web broswer which is probably Safari for your iPad. You can then go to our shop and use the bookmark to pin the fabrics and create your board. Hope that helps!

  65. Catherine says:

    To me, picnics are springtime – – sunshine, pink flowers, blue skies, new greens… and gingham, of course!


  66. Louanne says:

    Red and white is not only traditional but a perfect palette for our annual Canada Day picnic!


  67. Here’s mine: http://pinterest.com/crunchyconmom/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

    The traditional red-and-white quilts my Grandmas and Great-Grandmas used to make were my inspiration-but I put a modern twist on the idea, of course πŸ™‚

  68. Megan says:

    Ok, just had to make a second board. This one is fun with the bright pops of color against a dark navy background. It’d be the star of the picnic!


  69. Andi says:


    And a second set of florals in browns, pinks and oranges. Reminds me of a warm summer sunset… MY favorite time for a picnic.

  70. Andi says:


    Coral and teal are a fun twist on the patriotic colors of Independence Day… and I made sure to throw in the (completely necessary) gingham and marching ants. Paired with a bright white cotton, these prints would make a very cheerful spread on a sunny day!

  71. Marisa says:

    I started out just picking fabrics for fun…but now I reeeeeally want to win so I can make this picnic quilt!!


  72. Megan says:

    I went for graphic and geometric. Couldn’t leave out a great gingham! These blues and greens are so calming. Great for a summer picnic {or dreaming of one while at work on a Monday}!


  73. sara says:


    Shades of cranberry, avocado, and lemon, yum!

  74. Jan says:

    I had so much fun last time. Here’s my new board: http://pinterest.com/janprytz/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  75. Sadie says:

    Warm yellow sunshine, bright blue skies and lush green trees. Meet me at the picnic πŸ™‚

  76. Had way more fun doing this one….think I have the hang of it now πŸ™‚


  77. http://pinterest.com/charlottefata/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

    I actually really love mine this week…I must be getting better at this! πŸ™‚

  78. Joelle D says:

    Meet Me at the Picnic – I love making picnic blankets! I chose a red, black, and green theme for this collection:


  79. Steph says:

    That was harder than I thought & I’m not sure how well my fabrics go with the “picnic” theme!

  80. craftytammie says:

    I chose vintage flowers green ~ ruby star shining as my inspiration fabric. I added in a bright turquoise to make the other colors pop! i think this would make a fabulous patchwork picnic blanket!


  81. Kelly says:

    i really love doing these! i might even make a second one. πŸ™‚ http://pinterest.com/kellyspear/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  82. Peggy says:

    Here’s my collection: http://pinterest.com/pin/68046644340062756/

  83. Jennie T. says:

    I love vintage pictures of old-time picnics, where ladies wore their pearls and gloves and brought their best pies and fried chicken. I chose my fabrics to reflect that vintage feel. And you have to have gingham at a picnic. It’s a must!


  84. Kerry says:

    Yey, I really enjoy doing these- this week mine is based on bold orange, green and teal fabrics that would make great retro picnic blanket prints… http://pinterest.com/kerryw/sew-mama-sew-fatquarteridol-meet-me-at-the-picnic/

  85. Dawn says:

    When I am on a fabric´s product page, and I click my “Pin it” button, I keep getting this error: “Sorry, couldn’t find any pinnable images or video on this page.” Know anything about that?


    • Irene says:

      Dawn, Not sure what that is about. We’ve had no problems on our end or heard of anyone else having the same issue. I would try refreshing the page and see if that helps.

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