Monday, February 2, 2015

Pink Puff Mini Quilt

I have been wanting to make a Puff or Biscuit quilt for quite some time, and wanted to give it a test run by doing a small quilt, just big enough for my little dog Isabella!
Puff or Biscuit quilts date back to the 19th century and were very favorable in the Victorian era. Stuffed with wool, cotton and sometimes old hosiery made these quilts dense, lumpy, and bumpy...a far cry from the light and fluffy polyester filling we use today. 
You can use any size squares, diamonds, hexagons, or just about any shape you want for the puffs, and also use a variety of fabrics, from velvet to cotton.
 Lightly stuffing each puff is the key for the perfect puff!

Materials List
~Fabrics of your choice~I chose 3 pink print cotton fabrics, 2 for the front and 1 for the back. Amounts will vary depending on the the size of your block or shape and size quilt you make
~Polyester filling
~Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
~Coordinating thread
~Hand sewing needle

For my puff quilt I cut squares 6-1/2 inches. The pink check is one fabric I chose for the front, and the abstract floral is for the back.

Pin front to back, right sides together, leave about a 2-1/2 to 3 inch opening in the middle on one of the sides.

Sew all the way around the square with 1/4 inch seam, except for the opening. I used a serger and found it whipped these up super-quick.

Turn pillow right sides out, and use a blunt object to gently push out the points.

Stuff each pillow lightly with a small handful of polyester filling.

Hand sew small opening closed.

I used two different fabrics for the front, so I positioned the pillows out alternating the two fabrics. You can use all one fabric for the front or make each pillow a different fabric and get rid of some of your scraps!

Pin edge to edge. I put hand sewn seam towards the inside where you would pin and sew the seam.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam attaching pillows to one another. You will have to press with your fingers and sew seams slow.

Join rows together the same way, pinning and matching seams.

Front of puff quilt

Back of puff quilt

Isabella Approved!

These puff quilts are so much fun to make and so soft and comfy...I am going to make a totally scrappy one next time!

Hope you try this and if you have any questions or comments you can contact me at 

Thanks for stopping by~Debbie

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