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How to Pin Puff Quilt Squares Together
Pin Puff Quilt Squares

Pin Puff Quilt Squares Together

© Mary Jane Cardwell
  1. Pin a top fabric square to a smaller muslin square (wrong side of the top square should be against the muslin). Match all corners and center the top square's resulting pleats as shown. Leave one side of each pocket unpinned for stuffing later.
  2. Repeat, pinning all top squares to a muslin square.
  3. Arrange pinned squares into rows, orienting all pleats in the same direction.
  4. Use a 1/2" seam allowance to sew square pockets in each row together. Do not remove pins from unsewn edges. (Photo)
  5. Sew a 1/2" seam along the sides of outermost pockets.
  6. Place each row back into its place within the layout.
  7. Sew a 1/2" seam along the bottom edge of each row (Photo), orienting short seam allowances to flow in opposite directions from row to row so that they will nest together nicely when rows are joined. Remove pins from row bottoms after sewing.
  8. Use the openings along the tops of rows to stuff each square with fiberfill. Fill squares nicely, but avoid over-packing -- too much stuffing will make it difficult to pin and sew rows together.
  9. Sew a 1/2" seam allowance along the open edge of the top row.
  10. Pin and sew rows together, nesting seam allowances.

    Photo: front and back of puff quilt

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