Lotus Pond drop cloth picnic blanket AKA the zero squared blanket

lotus pond picnic blanket - canvas drop cloth backed - by girl like the sea

 

Will vintage ever lose its charm? Like, when will what’s vintage now not be vintage anymore? These are questions for people who have had more sleep than me……what I really mean to say is that the new collection of Lotus Pond prints from Cloud 9 organics – designed by Rae from Made By Rae fame – is full of vintage charm. She nailed the color palette, and came up with a variety of print scales that can pretty much suit any project.

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I seriously couldn’t decide (note – my kids were no help while I was staring at the computer screen trying to decide on a print or two. They kept screaming about all of them), and so I chose to try a little of each and every one of them. It was like one of those rabid kids in the beginning of the old Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Poor Charlie is staring through the window while all the other kids are gleefully ransacking the candy store and trying everything, and the owner is just throwing candy everywhere. One could wonder why he didn’t walk in and start grabbing loot from off the floor. After the candy store owner was done throwing his candy all over, he let the kids wash their sugar down with some soda. If I were one of their parents, I would be so pissed!

Anyway, I digress.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

This fabric is technically quilting cotton, but it’s a bit drapier and silkier than regular quilting cotton. It would make great clothes. I say this as a person who has recently become very persnickety about the difference between garment style fabric and quilting fabric when it comes to sewing clothes. I would make clothes with this. Lots of them.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

But I wanted to be able to look at the prints over and over again all summer, and not be held hostage by my kids whims about what they wear. “You never wear your lotus pond skirt…..can you wear it just so mommy can see it?” “I’m being a superhero today…..so no”

So I gathered all my fat quarters of Lotus Pond and all of my quilting knowledge. I even got a great tutorial from a friend at Finch Sewing Studio on a triangle quilt. And then I realized that if I got technical with it, the thing would NEVER get done. What do you mean I have to square all my blocks?…….. I know this because there is a Star Wars quilt that may or may not ever get finished, languishing at the bottom of my ever more crazily tangled fabric pile.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

I wanted something adorable and beautiful to take outside for picnics and reading, and this is absolutely perfect!

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

The Lotus Pond could do nothing to shield us from the “spring” weather in Virginia the day I tried to take photos of the kids just lounging happily in the sun with their picnic and books. Nope. We all sweated like pigs, complained and headed back inside. “This is SPRING?!” I moaned incredulously.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

Still, it looked good while it was out there.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

I’ll describe in detail to you my methods of making this picnic blanket. …

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

First I bought a canvas painter’s drop cloth at home depot for about 10$, and calculated that it was approximately the size of a queen size blanket. This was to be the backing for my picnic blanket because it’s inexpensive and sturdy. A good barrier between us and morning dew etc.

Then I grabbed my precious Lotus Pond FQ’s, sewed them all together in pairs, and then started cutting them apart at random and putting them back together again in ever more random and crazy ways.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

Sew, cut, sew, cut. Then I started trying to piece things together in a relatively rectangular way. I’m calling this the “zero squared” blanket because as I was sewing it, I kept thinking “Man, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a square angle anywhere on this thing!” That and my math skillz pretty much end at the sum of zero squared. So there you go.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

My powers of observation informed me towards the end there that I was running out of fabric, while there was still quite a lot of canvas backing left to cover up. So I snagged a few solids from the stash that happened to coordinate perfectly with Rae’s colors. A peach kona, dandelion colored kona, and some leftover rust linen from my Vintage May shorts. I hacked and sewed some more until the top size roughly matched the drop cloth bottom.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

Then I sewed it all right sides together, leaving a gap, and turned it out. I plan to actually add some quilting or ties in various places on the blanket. Just to secure the top a bit and make it sturdier.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

This thing is pretty crazy, but I love it. Those snails kill me.

The tiny frogs would make great smaller projects or even dresses or shirts for kids. The larger prints for skirts and dresses. Blankets and pillows galore. I can’t to see what this blanket looks like when it’s aged a bit. Spots have been faded some from the sun and activity.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

Little man has been enjoying the Lotus Pond blanket on the living room floor lately along with his wampa play mat. I’m trying to make his play area more inviting when I lock him out of the older kids’ school area.

canvas dropcloth backed lotus pond picnic blanket by girl like the sea

Rae, this fabric is fabulous! Thank you for inviting me to join in the Lotus Pond extravaganza!

Thanks for stopping by.

Comments

  1. Ute says

    If this is the result of randomness and craziness then I really need more of both in my life! I love it! And you don’t want to know how many times I have tried to wrap my head around improv quilting, so in my opinion you are highly skilled to make it look random but not a total mess!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness this is amazing!!! I have little sewing (or anything other than gardening) mojo of late and i am just continually amazed by all the things you have been whipping up with a babe and two others! Awesome! And, I want to have a picnic on this blanket, so so cheery and happy and lovely! :)
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  3. says

    you are the queen of improv!! smart move making something that’ll get used over and over and over and never grown out of. i think that’s why i’m transitioning more to me-sewing too, i can make WHAT I WANT and not get any guff about a kid never wanting to wear that pair of jeans i slaved over because he just wants to wear shorts all day every day and every night too. harrumph.
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  4. says

    Wow- that is fabulous! What a great use of this fabric. And the painters drop cloth idea is so smart! I might have to steal that one for a picnic blanket.

  5. says

    love this so so much. my kids would love to sprawl out on it and make a big ole picnic mess… it’s so colorful, but in the most un-tacky way… sure to please kiddos and adults alike!
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