Puff Quilt

A Puff Quilt??? A Bubble Quilt??? I’ve never made one before. It wasn’t even on my bucket list. I didn’t know where to start. Thankfully, many fellow Island Batik ambassadors were in the same boat! We discussed many options and had a lot of suggestions for each other!

I ended up looking at many you-tube videos and a few Instagram posts to figure out how to make my Puff Quilt. The video that made the most sense to me was this one: How To Make A Puff Quilt The Easy Way ~Bubble Quilt ~ Puffer Quilt. I didn’t use a minky on the back as the video suggested … I used more of the Island Batik fabric from the collection I was given.

I was given “Fruit and Veggies” collection by Kathy Engle. Along with 2 yards of Veggie Garden – Green (one of the collection fabrics) and 2 yards of Mint (a foundation fabric). Isn’t it a beautiful green & blue collection?

I started out using EQ8 to decide the placement of the fabrics. The final decision was this Trip Around the World.

I cut the fabric into 5″ strips and then squares to get my layout. Once on the design board, I webbed the quilt together. You can see the technique on my Youtube channel HERE.

I forgot to take a picture of it totally webbed together … this picture shows some of the rows sewn together with the bottom webbed.

Then I put a pleat or tuck on each side of the squares … in this picture you can see where I’ve pinned the squares so they could be sewn all the same size.

Here is the top with all the tucks/pleats sewn …

Then I needed to make the back … I only used 13 fabrics for the top, so the back uses the other 7 fabrics, plus the fabric that is in the centre of the front.

I used 10″ width of fabric slices and sewed them on the diagonal, thinking that the seams would not ‘clash’ with the seams on the front. It worked!

I lined up the top of the quilt front with the back and sewed them together. Then, I sewed down 2 blocks worth and started stuffing the squares. I used almost 2 bags of polyester fibre fill for the stuffing.

Here’s a picture of the puff quilt in progress as I’m sewing down the latest stuffed row.

I must admit that the binding was a bit difficult to put on. The blocks were all wavy and I had to straighten them while pushing the stuffing out of the way. It took a lot longer than I expected, but it slowly got done!

Here is the finished quilt from the front.

And a view from the back! The intent was to just have the puffs on the front, but the back also became a little puffy.

I loved seeing the textured puffs!

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 42″ x 60″
  • Pieced with Aurifil Thread #2625 (Arctic Ice), Bound with Aurifil Thread #2890 (Very Dark Grass Green)
  • Schmetz Needles: Microtex Chrome 80/12
  • Blocks on front: started as 5″ squares. With pleats became 4.5″
  • Binding is Veggie Garden – Green.

2 Opportunities to win Island Batik Fabric!

Island Batik is giving away 2 fat quarter bundles! One of King’s Castle and the other Juicy Mosaics. Visit Island Batik’s blog for your opportunity to win this amazing fabric! Click HERE and follow the Rafflecopter prompts.

I am giving away over 1 yard of fabric from the Fruits and Veggies collection. Leave a comment on my blog stating what you like about this collection and what you might make with the fabric if you were to win. This is open to anyone in Canada or the USA.

Another Picture!

The lilac trees are no where near ready to bloom, but I just had to take a picture of this quilt in the garden!

Make sure you visit “The Quiltery, For the Love of Geese” to see Denise’s puff quilt. She used the same fabrics as I did and I bet they are totally different puff quilts!

Week 2: All Puffed Up

February 13:

Denise Looney @ For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard @ Quilting Gail. You are here!

February 14:

Sandra Starley @ Textile Times

Anorina Morris @ Samilia’s Mum

February 15:

Susan Deshensky @ Lady Blue Quilts

Randy Jones @ Randi’s Roost

February 16:

Renee Atkinson @ Pink Tulip Quilting

Thank you!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik,  Aurifil Thread,  and Schmetz Needles!!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

72 thoughts on “Puff Quilt

  1. Pingback: Recap of Week Two of the All Puffed Up Blog Hop and Giveaway!

  2. Gail your puffy quilt is beautiful! Well worth the effort it took to make. Love the fabrics! If I won they would be going in to a quilt for my younger two granddaughters. They are becoming avid gardeners and always need a new quilt in their favourite colours to snuggle under when they curl up by the fire pit on their farm or sleep in the summer kitchen on the daybed. Thanks for a fun giveaway giving me a chance to think of another project to add to my list!

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  3. I love, love, love the colours of your Puff Quilt💚💙!!! If I were so lucky to win, I would make a set of placemats to cheer up our dinner table!!

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  4. A great choice for a design, the Trip Around the World brings out all the greens and blues. And your back is just as beautiful, love how it puffs on both sides. If I was the lucky winner, I would add the colors for blocks in a BOM Quilt As you go. Thank you for a chance to win and Happy Valentines Day to you.

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  5. This is such a beautiful, peaceful quilt and collection. I have been thinking about it since I saw it on Instagram. I was raised by the ocean and so my initial thought was of water. But I am pretty sure that my mother, who was a farmer’s daughter, would have seen fields and crops in those shades of green with yellow; when we would go on drives she could look out a window and identify plants and veggies at 70mph, and would smile at the farmer’s success. I’m not entirely sure why this is so moving to me–the memories, the differences, the way families grow and change, I guess, but my eyes are stinging with tears, thinking about it. Thank you for this beautiful quilt.

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  6. Wow, everyone does it a little differently. I do like the pattern the back shows, and the way the colors go diagonally. Who wouldn’t love these beautiful colors of fabric? They are my favorite go to colors, whenever I can figure out a way to use them. Thank you for the chance to win some. I expect I’ll be making quite a few donations for Hands 2 Help, already started, in fact, and these would look great in one. Thanks for sharing the details of how you made your quilt. I love details!

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  7. I love the vivid blues and greens in this collection. I might have a go at a puff quilt; my adult daughter has been hinting that she would like one!

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  8. Your quilt is great! Sounds like you found a good way to make the puffing work. Love the color of your fabrics. I have always been attracted to blues and greens and especially the veggie designs! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Hi Gail, that’s a lovely quilt but I guess I don’t get what the point is. I know that you made it for the Island Batik challenge, but it seems like so much work, I don’t understand. How different is it from a normal quilt? Can you feel the difference when you lie down under or over it? Just curious. You did a great job. Congrats!

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    • Hi Andrée, It was a lot of work. Island Batik often challenges us to make something out of our comfort zone! I really do enjoy the challenges!
      It is different when you’re lying under it. Not as smooth, but it is warm and toasty! 🙂


  10. oh but this is lovely. I love the bright colors and the fruits and veggies. I would love to make a table runner for spring/summer. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  11. I like your design and the back of the quilt too! I have never made a puff quilt so this hope is interesting to follow! I do however love fruits and veggies and I would make a picnic quilt with the fabric! Perfect for summer adventures and for a vegetarian (me!)

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  12. Love your puff quilt! My son’s girlfriend made one and she said it’s really heavy! We always plant a small vegetable garden and I love vegetables.

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  13. It’s funny you mentioned a Puff Quilt not on your bucket list as one has been on mine since I was a kid. A friend of mine had a Round the World Puff Quilt in gingham and I was in love. She still has it on a bed in her guest room 55 years later!. I have never been real happy with how they are finished off, but the video that you suggested is great. I think a bucket list item my get crossed off this year.
    As for the fabric, I have a small 3 season porch and I have wanted to add some pillows and a throw so I would put it towards pieces for the porch.

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  14. Beautiful quilt Gail! The Puff quilt or Biscuit quilt has been on my list for a while now. It didn’t look very hard to make, but I was trying to figure out how to do the binding with all the stuffing in there. I think that would be the hardest to do.
    Green is my favorite color and I love all the greens in this collection .They would definitely be used in a quilt. I might just be starting my own puffy quilt. Thank you for the chance.

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  15. I tried making a puff quilt when I was a teenager, way back in the 70’s! There was a Simplicity or McCalls pattern out at that time. After a short time, I decided I didn’t like how it looked and gave up on it! 🙂 Never finished it!

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  16. I remember making puff quilts when I was a kid (though I only made a pillow!) where we sewed and stuffed each puff separately, and then hand sewed them all together. Love the blues and greens in this collection–I would love to win some to include in a quilt for my daughter–she bought a new bed and needs a bigger quilt.

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