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Learn How to Make Puff Quilts

By Mary Jane Cardwell

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Intro to Puff Quilts
Make Puff Quilts

Finished Puff Quilt

© Mary Jane Cardwell

What Are Puff Quilts?

Puff quilts, often referred to as biscuit quilts, are lush comforters that are assembled by sewing squares of fabric together to form pockets, and then stuffing the pockets with fiberfill.

A huge Thank You! to Mary Jane Cardwell for showing us how to make puff quilts. Before you begin, read through the pattern to get a feel for the entire puff quilt process.

Unless you're planning on a totally random layout, it's a good idea to design a puff quilt before choosing fabrics. To make a quilt similar to Mary Jane's, use graph paper or another method to create a grid that's 9 squares across and 11 squares tall. Fill in the blanks with colors or with shades-of-gray color values to design the layout.

Fabric and Supplies for a Puff Quilt that Finishes at About 32" x 38"

  • 3 yards of fabric for top squares (can be orderly or scrappy)
  • 2 yards of muslin or another fabric for back squares (will not be visible in the finished quilt)
  • 1 yard of fabric for (final) backing
  • 1-1/2 packages double fold bias tape (or make your own binding)
  • Thread
  • Embroidery floss & needlepoint needle
  • Polyester fiberfill (1 bag or a little more)

Puff Quilt Cutting Instructions

  • Cut (99) 6" x 6" top squares
  • Cut (99) 5" x 5" squares of muslin (or other fabric used for back squares)

Yardage helper:

Assuming the fabric has a usable width of at least 40":
  • You can cut (6) 6" squares from a 6" wide strip of fabric cut from selvage to selvage (possibly 7 if usable width is 42").
  • You can cut (8) 5" squares from a 5" wide strip of fabric cut from selvage to selvage.

Strip Cutting Instructions
Patchwork Shape Cutting Instructions

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