How to Make A Puff Quilt
Also Known as Biscuit Quilting
There's something comforting in a puff quilt, maybe it's the little pillows that make up the top that attract us to them. Maybe it's the extra layer of stuffing that makes them so soft and fun to curl up in. Whatever your reasons, I hope you enjoy making one of your very own.
Puff Quilts are really easy to make. You construct "puffs" or "biscuits" of fabric squares one at a time, and join them to make a whole. Most often there is no added backing or finish quilting required.
A good size for each puff is between 3 and 6 inches square. For uniformity, select a "backing" fabric to use as one side of each puff you construct. You'll also need a lot of cotton or poly fiberfill, or leftover scraps of batting for stuffing.
The simplest method is to take two squares of the same size, place them right sides together and sew around the edges as if you were making a little pillow --because that is exactly what you are doing. They don't even have to be squares. Use rectangles or circles if you want. Turn the puff inside out, stuff it loosely, and whipstich the open edge. Voila! Your first puff. Make a few hundred more, and whipstitch them together along their edges to make the top. Arrange them in checkerboard style, in concentric rings of color, or a random pattern.
The second method is a little more involved. You still cut two squares for each puff, but this time you'll make one about 1.5 inches larger than the other. Place them right sides together, with the larger square on top. Gather the edges of the larger square and pin them in place so that it can be sewn to the smaller piece. You'll need to take pleats in each side to take up the extra 1.5 inches. Two pleats is probably enough, make them near the middle of the square. This method gives you a little more volume to puff up when it is completed.
Sew around the edges and leave your opening to turn it right side out. It might help to sew up one pleat on the open side, because sewing two shut by hand is going to be a bit tricky. Stuff your biscuit and form any remaining fabric into the second pleat. Sew shut by hand. You'll have a thicker puff with a flat bottom. Join the puffs to each other with whipstitching.
For a more finished look you might choose to add a backing layer to the puff quilt. If you do this you will need to add a binding and either quilt along the lines between the puffs, or tie off each corner to hold the backing on. It's not necessary to add another layer of batting under the puffs.
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