Thursday, 5 June 2014

A Perfect Picnic Blog Hop: Italian Style Picnic + Giveaway!

First of all I would like to thank our ever creative host Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and our lovely Cheerleader Mary at I Piece 2-Mary for organzing this fun event! I loved having a good excuse for making a picnic quilt and using it!


We were going to show you a lovely picnic spot here in the north of Italy but on the big day for our picnic it started raining. That wasn't going to stop us, was it?! So we decided to have an indoor picnic. We'd made a lot of picnic food and it wouldn't have been the same eating it at the table, would it?


Ella (9) made the smoked scamorza cheese Spiedini, with Lucy (2) passing the ingredients. I made some single portion quiches and put them inside some handy jelly moulds with a lid.


They are super yummy and quick to make: ready made pastry cut in circles, just one egg, a cup of milk, prosciutto crudo (seasoned ham) or speck, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then pop them in the oven in a muffin tray!


I made some fairy cakes (cupcakes!) and we decided to use our portable fairy cake stand:


Ella decorated the fairy cakes with sugar buttons!


Ella also made these chocolate Strawberries... yummy!


I love how this picnic quilt brightens up even a rainy day! I used a fat quarter bundle of Sweet Dolce by Tanya Whelan. My favourite print has to be the one I used in the centre of the heart: it's called "Ella"! I added the pom pom trim because it gives the picnic quilt a gypsy feel! The backing is a laminated fabric I had in my stash and the colours happened to match! It's going to be useful on damp grass and it's easy to wipe clean.


Some photos of the different panels:




Enjoying our indoor picnic:


Our picnic basket became a fun game. Lucy loved sitting in it and being carried around!


And now for the giveaway: to have a chance of winning this copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting all you have to do is leave a comment! The giveaway is open to everyone and closes on the 19th of June. Mr Random will then choose a winner. 




Thank you for joining us on our picnic!


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137 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful blanket, and a lovely picnic. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  2. Love the panels especially the one with the heart looks lovely!

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  3. Oh how fun! I love that your daughter's helped make the meal, makes it that much more special. How fun that you're in Italy, I was born in Pordenone, and now I'm wondering if I've already told you that... can't remember! Anyway, looks like the indoor picnic was a success, I hope you all get to have a few more but outside!
    ~Brandy

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  4. What a shame it rained, but your indoor picnic was a fantastic success! Love your quilt and mouth watering menu. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. The blanket turned out so lovely, I like pom pom too, that makes it so girly
    Thank you so much for the nice chance to win this magazine, I would love to have it!
    Nice to know you're in Italy too, I live in the countryside of Florence ^_^
    Give your two princesses a big kiss

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  6. Um, fantastic, all of it! Your quilt and your food are so pretty. What a sweet picnic inside. And how cool is that magazine. Love it all.

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  7. Lovely quilt, yummy food, great little assistants; everything made a perfect picnic even though it had to be indoors!

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  8. Everything turned out lovely. Your quilt is so pretty. Love the colors. The quiches look so good. The cupcakes are so cute. Thank you so much for being part of this fun hop.

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  9. I have been trying to win a copy of this magazine forever. Maybe this time will be the time. I would really love to see an issue before I buy it.

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  10. Gorgeous! How cute are those sugar buttons?!?

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  11. Very bright and cheerful for a rainy day picnic. However, I prefer dining indoors - less insects. : ). Thanks!

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  12. You must have had quite a lot of fun at your indoor picnic with all this lovely and delicious looking food on such a wonderful picnic quilt! I love the fabrics. I have never used a laminated fabric - can you wash it in the machine?

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  13. My children loved indoor picnics when they were young!
    It looks as though you all had lots of fun!
    I love your picnic quilt.

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  14. Gorgeous colours on the quilt. x

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  15. Such a pretty Quilt!! I really love the Heart!! I bet your Helpers didn't mind it had to be indoors a chance to do something different is always fun! Thanks for sharing your Perfect Picnic with us!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  16. Beautiful quilt! So pretty and I love the pompom trim. Looks like the rain didn't dampen your spirits at all.

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  17. Your picnic quilt is so pretty...pompom trim and all. The food looks scrumptious!

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  18. Indoor picnics can be just as fun! My husband and I had an indoor picnic one day on our honeymoon because of the rain. The fabrics you used on your picnic quilt are really pretty and I love the pom pom trim, so fun!

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  19. even an indoor picnic is a delightful idea...everything looks soooo yummy, lovely photos and your cupcakes and stand a delight...

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  20. Such a pretty quilt, and indoor picnics are fun too!

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  21. Picnics are so much fun with children! I love your fabric choices and I'm wishing I had one of those quiches today. :) blessings, marlene

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  22. What a perfect picnic! Lovely quilt, yummy looking food, and a picnic basket to be carried around in. Awesome!

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  23. Indoor gypsy picnics can be fun especially when eaten on such pretty fabric and prepared by such wonderful little helpers.

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  24. Looks like the perfect picnic! You blanket is beautiful.

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  25. The pom pom trim is so sweet! Great Italian picnic - thanks so much for sharing!

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  26. Love the colors in your quilt and your take on the You've Got Mail quilt pictured. I'll be back :-)

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  27. A fun looking picnic, perfect rainy day thing to do :)

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  28. I like how you made the best of a rainy day. Looks like it was fun.

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  29. what a scrumptious post!!! Loved everything about it.

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  30. Your fabric choices and your quilt are really beautiful! Your food looks pretty yummy too!

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  31. I love your picnic quilt. I'd never thought of making one, I just always used whatever old blanket I had on hand!

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  32. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Please click on delaineelliott for email link. Thanks!

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  33. Pretty picnic quilt and great improvising on a rainy day. dorisquiltingqueen at yahoo dot com

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  34. I want to come to your picnic It looks delicious and so does your picnic blanket

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  35. I really like your addition of pom poms. They're super cute! :)

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  36. Your picnic blanket is so adorable and your food looks so yummy! Everyone obviously had a great time! Thanks for letting us visit your picnic. :O)

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  37. Indoor picnics are usually just as fun! The food looks yummy.

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  38. Looks like a good time was had by all. Delicious and fun...that's the secret recipe!

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  39. MMMM, mmmm, mmmm! yummy food on a yummy blanket! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

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  40. Wow! The food looks yummy and the kids in motion...success!

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  41. How cute is that portable cake stand, I also love the imagination and little things you did to make the picnic so enchanting for the kids, such a lovely memory even if the weather didn't cooperate!

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  42. Everything looks wonderful and delicious. Love the quilt the colors are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. love the alternative use of your picnic basket. :)

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  44. The food looked amazing! Love the quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  45. I loved your picnic quilt Thank you for sharing.

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  46. mmm..quiche, haven't had that in a long time. And how fun to have a fabric named Ella, you will have to buy more of it ;)

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  47. Thank you for sharing, your picnic looked fabulous!

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  48. What a lovely picnic and great giveaway! pbstrand@msn.com aka Beth @ Words & Stitches.

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  49. What a lovely picnic and great giveaway! pbstrand@msn.com aka Beth @ Words & Stitches.

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  50. Wonderful project and a lovely picnic!

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  51. Indoor quilts sound like a good idea! A fair amount of the year around here is not picnic friendly, and inevitably when I want to have a picnic it's wet outside. I will have to try the indoor thing. (But first I need to make a picnic quilt; I have some weird IKEA mat thing that I've used in the past).

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  52. We used to love having indoor picnics on the floor when my girls were younger, especially when it was snowing! Thanks for bringing up such fun memories!

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  53. What a cute quilt. Love the pompoms. Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveawaay.

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  54. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing and a chance to win a great magazine!

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  55. What wonderful little helpers you had on your indoor picnic. I bet they had a ball regardless of the weather since they helped and could play games with the picnic quilt. It turned out wonderfully, BTW. I love the idea of individual quiches. Probably do not need a lot of oven time which is good on a hot summer day!

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  56. Your picnic quilt is lovely and your picnic is really brightening my rainy day here in the northeastern U.S. Ella and Lucy look like they are having so much fun and they are very good helpers in the kitchen. All your food looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilt and picnic ... :) Pat

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  57. enjoyed being a guest at your picnic via computer. The Picknic Quilt is so pretty and colorful.

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  58. Happy project! Great use of colors!

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  59. Sweet soft quilt. Those fabrics truly are lovely. I like the addition of the pom pom trim! And all your goodies look so tasty!

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  60. I love the fabrics - makes me want to go on a picnic too!

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  61. What a fun project/event! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  62. looks like a wonderful time! beautiful kids too.

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  63. my daughter would love that pom pom trim, i just know it!

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  64. What a nice indoor picnic, those pom-poms are very cute. I also like the backing you used. I really want to make a beach quilt, and that may be the solution. Thanks for the idea!

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  65. What a lovely way to spend a rainy day with a picnic inside! Looks like a wonderful time.

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  66. Love Love Loooooove your Picnic Quilt!!! and your rainy day inside picnic was a delight!! Thanks for the cool pictures!! Know the room was full of Sunshine that day!!

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  67. Your quilt is so pretty! I would have loved that food too, some of my favorites! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  68. I really like the picnic quilt
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  69. Looks like yall had so much fun!

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  70. Love your colors! Great picnic eats!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. Oooh, that sounds like a lot of laughter and fun in the house, super! Your food just looks delicious, I will try the tartlets, easy done and so yuuuuummmy !

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  72. Your picnic quilt looks wonderful and everything looks delicious. A great team effort and now you have Summer any day of the year :)

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  73. Oh, I need to know how you wash a quilt like that. I is completely beautiful and well-done!
    :-)

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  74. I enjoyed your indoor picnic and it looks like you had so much fun. Love the soft colors of your quilt and all the food looks yummy!

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  75. Love the pom-poms! Great and clever idea. Thanks for sharing. Food looks good, too.

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  76. It looks like your indoor picnic was great fun. All the food looks very tasty.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  77. I love baby toes, especially in a picnic basket. Thanks for the giveaway

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  78. We just had an indoor picnic with our grandson...but I think a picnic quilt that I have on the go needs to be finished! Thanks mostly for the encouragement and of course a chance of a giveaway!

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  79. What a great post,and picnic! Very fun!

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  80. Congratulations: don't let a bit of rain spoil the fun! You gave your girls a fun time in spite of the weather.
    I love your picnic quilt; I need one with a laminated back too. Did you use special laminated quilting fabric?

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  81. THANKS FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY SUMMER!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  82. Love the fabric and it turned out lovely!

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  83. Can't let anything spoil a picnic, even the mean ole rain. Love you fabric choices and pom pom trim. The heart medallion is cool too. Love the laminate back for DRY. Who cares that it had to be inside. IT'S A PICNIC! Lucy seem quite pleased with herself. Food is making me hungry and wanting to go picnicking. Thanks for sharing.
    katztoo at exede dot net

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  84. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your blog hop post. School got out yesterday and I had to go back in today to finish up more paperwork. So, now summer has finally begun! Your post is so sweet! I loved your picnic! Your girls are adorable and I really want that cupcake stand!

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  85. Such a cute picnic cloth. I think the laminate is such a good idea. Your picnic treats look very yummy too.

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  86. Your picnic quilt is very pretty and the colour combination is one of my favourites.

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  87. How adorable and it sounded like everyone had a fun time, between making the picnic to having it.

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  88. Precious picture of baby in the basket! Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  89. Looks like a wonderful picnic, from the beautiful quilt, and yummy foods to the sweet girls that joined you (how nice they are such good helpers, too!). What a fun memory this will be for all of you. Thanks for sharing!

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  90. What a lovely little quilt and some beautiful memories that you made with your little ones. Thanks for sharing your picnic with us.

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  91. Great picnic quilt. Everything looks wonderful for your little outing. Thank you for linking this to my Weekend Link Party.

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  92. What a great picnic and fun foods!!

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  93. Those little quiches look yummy. I haven't had speck since I visited Bellagio many years ago.

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  94. Loved your picnic blanket and all the picnic goodies you made.

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  95. What a pretty picnic quilt! My children used to love indoor picnics! I love the idea of the individual quiches, I'll have to try those soon. And your fairy cakes look delicious! :)

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  96. So so fun! Love the picnic attendee sitting in the basket... LOL!

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  97. Wonderful colours and great picnic quilt!!

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  98. Love the cherry fabrics you chose for the picnic quilt, Nesta, but that pom pom edge really makes it!

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  99. What a lovely sweeet little picnic despite the rain! I love chocolate-covered strawberries, too. The pom-pom trim was adorable on your blanket. When next you use the blanket, I hope you're able to enjoy a warm and sunny day.

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  100. Your picnic quilt is so cute and sweet.

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  101. I love your quilt, it is very pretty!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  102. Beautiful quilt for a fun picnic!

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  103. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  104. I adore those little sugar buttons!

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  105. What a cute picnic. Just perfect for summer.

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  106. Your picnic looks like it was lots of fun! :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  107. I almost bought that magazine today but I resisted for some reason.. *crosses fingers* Thank you for the givewaway!

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  108. I love picnics but my husband doesn´t :( Lovely quilt. Thanks for this giveaway

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  109. It's perfect. And it really does look like it would brighten a rainy day. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

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  110. How fun we love picnics Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives

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  111. Who says picnics have to be held out of doors? Great way to make lemonade out of lemons! The quilt is pretty!

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  112. I am so glad you had such fun too! Your food looks excellent and the picnic quilt to perfect! I really want to read one of those magazines! I hope you entered mine!

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  113. You made a beautiful little picnic quilt and that food looks scrumptious! What fun to have the picnic inside when it rained.

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  114. Mr Random please choose me! :) Great giveaway and site! Thanks and good luck to everyone!

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  115. What a beautiful picnic quilt!! Hope you get to go outside soon , and have another in beautiful weather! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    Susie

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  116. I really like the bird print you put in your quilt.

    It's often cold and wet where we live; I need to start doing this indoor picnic thing!

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  117. Fun! What a beautiful picnic quilt!T hanks and good luck to everyone!
    akk_nana@yahoo.com

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  119. What a beautiful picnic blanket! We loved building tents with sheets and couch cushions when my brother and I were younger. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  120. Pretty picnic blanket and laminate on one side is too clever. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  121. good for you for still having it inside. The kiddos still have a treat. Love all the food you put together and your quilt is wonderful. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  122. What a beautiful picnic blanket. I would love to make something like this. And your family is adorable, what fun!

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  123. I love the pom-pom trim on the blanket! Thanks for the give away!

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  124. Such a beautiful blanket, and a lovely picnic.

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  125. Hi Such a neat post>cute blankets!
    Always love a magazine giveaway!
    Thank You!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  126. Hahahaha I love that Lucy would get in the basket! So cute :)

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  127. What a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing and for the chance!

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  128. Wonderful! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  129. I adore those sugar buttons. They are too cute.

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  130. Such a lovely picnic and quilt. Love the poms poms.

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  131. Such a pretty quilt to showcase the wonderful foods set out for a fun picnic, even if mother nature was not smiling that day.

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