One of my earliest recollections of a handmade quilt was a picnic quilt that my family used when I was a child. I can't remember a single thing about it except the stitching (hand quilted not machine).
I also had a picnic quilt after I got married and later had a baby. It was an old faded quilt that my mother-in-law thought would be a great picnic quilt when we took our new born baby to the park.
I had assumed that quilts used for picnics were old worn quilts that were recycled by our mothers and grandmothers before going to the rag man. I was wrong.
Turns out that during the first half of the 20th century, quilts were made specifically for the purpose of picnics.