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For our first quilting project I chose a puff quilt (also referred to as a biscuit quilt). Both of my grandmothers are extremely talented quilters who tried, years and years ago, to teach me what they knew. Alas, I was young and didn’t want to learn. I regret that now because I LOVE the biscuit quilt my paternal grandmother made my parents when I was a child. So much so that it is actually on my bed right now. Hehe, I
stole borrowed it from my dad with no plans to return it. Sadly it is slowly turning to scraps now as years of use, pets, and washings have decided that its time has come to an end. Now, I need a new one. Preferably one that can tell my washing machine to shove it and yell at my dog when he jumps on it with dirty feet. Since a quilt can’t do those things, I’ll just have to make sure I make a sturdy one. This is where you, dear readers, come in. You get to make one with me!
The absolute first thing you need to do is decide the color and size. Here are some great puff quilts on Pinterest. These were made by other people but will show you what you can do with your own project. I’ll be making the solid grey one in king size (because I’m brave like that). Size is pretty easy to choose because you already know what size bed you have. I prefer to make mine larger than my bed though, for multiple reasons. The boyfriend and I are both cover hogs and love to wrap up in quilts while we sleep, so we need a larger one because of that but also because that dog I mentioned earlier? He’s huge. He also still thinks he is a tiny puppy and prefers to sleep in between us, on top of the covers, with his head on a pillow. Silly Duke.
As for color, solids are more relaxing in the bedroom but you MUST find something that fits your personality. You’ll be staring at this color for hours so take your time picking fabrics you adore.
Once you’ve chosen these two things, it’s time to get down to business. Math business. A basic knowledge of math is uber important when sewing. I’ve included the standard measurements for all sizes of basic quilts so you can find the yardage you need. Keep in mind that the larger your finished size will be, the larger your budget will be. By breaking this tutorial into segments it should be easier on the wallet because we aren’t buying everything all at once.
Standard Quilt Sizes or Measurements:
Baby Quilt size: 36″ X 54″
Afghan/lap Quilt size: 54″ X 72″
Twin Quilt Size: 54″ X 90″
Double/full Quilt size: 72″ X 90″
Queen Quilt size: 90″ X 108″
King Quilt size: 108″ X 108″
Now, you could take a coupon and hit up the sales at your local fabric stores or you could be smart about the fact that you need a ton of fabric. That stuff isn’t cheap. If you want a single colored top like I do, I bought sheets from Walmart and cut them up. It costs less than $5 for a twin sheet versus $5 per yard at a fabric store. You can also hit up second-hand shops in the area. These often have a lot of vintage sheets for a decent price. For example, for my backing I found a king size sheet in perfect condition at Goodwill.
Since we know what we want and the size we’ll be making it in, now we need to talk about the amount. Puff quilts are created in layers. You’ve got the top layer (the one you see), a middle layer (the top layer is sewn to this and stuffed to create the puff), and a bottom layer (the part that will go against your skin). In our next post, I will be talking about the amount of material needed to create these layers and your puff quilt squares.