Thursday, February 23, 2023

Island Batik Ambassador Puff Quilt Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I made a Puff Quilt!  I've never made one of these before.  That is one of the fun aspects of being an Island Batik Ambassador.  The year is filled with challenges to stretch and grow your quilting skills.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.

To make my Puff Quilt, I received half yard cuts of the new Royal Crown fabric collection.  This beautiful blue, green and purple collection should be in quilt shops now.  Royal Crown is a signature collection by Kathy Engle for Heidi Pridemore of the Whimsical Workshop.

Here's a list of a few shops that currently have Royal Crown in stock:
Creekside Quilts (OR)
Hancocks of Paducah (KY)
Stitchin Heaven (TX)
Castle Sewing Centre- CANADA BC
JellyRollFabric.Net (IN)

I went with a random fabric placement for my Puff quilt.  It's not the easiest quilt to get photos of.  Here is my son modeling the Puff quilt.

There is a variety of ways to sew a puff quilt.  I watched several videos online and then went to work.  This is how I made my quilt.  First, I cut 5" squares from each of the fabrics.  I cut out 182 squares for my quilt.  I also cut one extra square of each fabric for my giveaway.  Learn how to enter to win at the end of my post.

I randomly sewed the squares together into a top.  Then I resewed down each seam line and around the edges of the quilt, making a small tuck on all four edges of each square to create the "puff".

I sewed the coordinating Purple and White fabrics I received to go with the Royal Crown collection together to make the quilt backing.

Then I laid my quilt top right sides together with the backing and pinned all around.  I sewed three of the edges together and trimmed the excess backing away, leaving one complete side of the quilt open for stuffing.

I then turned my quilt right sides out and topstitched 1/4" away from the edge on the three sewn sides.  Then I proceeded to sew channels from the bottom edge of the quilt, up, two squares at a time.

I stuffed the first row of squares with about a handful of polyfil for each square.  Once I stuffed the whole row, I sewed a seam all the way across to seal the puffs.  I continued sewing channels, stuffing and sewing across the rows until I completed the entire quilt.  It took a little more than two standard size bags of polyfil to stuff my quilt.  Did I mention it is 13 rows by 14 rows?  

I did not have time to take pictures the same day I finished, so I rolled it up with the top inside and the backing outside to keep it clean.  I'm so glad I did because Sunrise wasted no time trying it out!

Here's another photo of the whole puff quilt.  I used Aurifil  thread and Schmetz needles to sew my project.

This is my son, Trent at the end of the photo session.  He wrapped himself up in the Puff quilt, declared it to be his, and ran into the house with it.  I'm glad he likes it.

Here's my giveaway!  I'm giving away one 5" square cut from each of the fabrics in the new Royal Crown collection.  To win, just leave me a comment at the end of this post.  Have you ever made a puff quilt?  Let me know in your comments.  This giveaway is only open to residents of the USA due to shipping costs.  I'll randomly draw a winner at the end of the blog hop.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner.

Island Batik is also having a giveaway this week on their blog.  You can enter there to win a bundle of the new fabric collections River Walk and Princess Rose. Click here to visit Island Batik Blog and enter to win.

For Curlicue Creations quilt patterns, Island Batik fabric, and more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.

Have you seen the puff quilts made by my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors?  Here's the complete blog hop list:

February 6

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique

February 7

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

February 8

Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

February 9

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

February 10

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

February 11

Special St Valentine’s Day Post

Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting


February 13

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

February 14

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

February 15

Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilts

Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost

February 16

Special Island Batik Designers Feature

February 17

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


February 20

Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

February 21

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

February 22

Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

February 23

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

February 24

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

February 27

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

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  1. Pretty quilt. I never made a puff quilt. Sunrise and your son will be sharing your quilt.

    1. Thank you, both my son and his cat are really loving this quilt.

  2. I love it, Jennifer! This fabric line is so pretty! Love the fleur-de-lis patterns in it! Your son is a real cutie, too! I know he and Sunshine will enjoy this quilt!

  3. It is so pretty and a beautiful collection.

  4. I really love the colors/fabrics in your puff quilt. I have never made one--they seem intimidating to me, a beginner quilter.
    Susan 14 the money at duck dot com

    1. Hello Susan, Thank you so much. It was actually a pretty easy, fun, and forgiving project. The puffiness hides any imperfections. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube that I found helpful for learning how to make one.

  5. Your quilt is really gorgeous Jennifer. I really love the colors in this collection.
    I have never made a Puff quilt, but it has been on my list for a long time. I have kinda been unsure about how to go about making one. I have really learned a lot from all of you so I hope to make one soon. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Thank you, Joyce. I feel like we have learned 25 ways to make a puff quilt with this blog hop! Have a great day.

  6. your quilt is so pretty and fun and obviously warm. no wonder your son and sunrise have claimed it. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  7. I made a doll bed sized puff quilt for my niece about 40 years ago. She still has it.

  8. I have not made a puff quilt but I believe one of my sisters has made one--they look cizy!

  9. I have not made a puff quilt but since seeing all the ways to make one I am going to try it. Love the colors in yours! It looks so cuddly.

  10. I have never made a puff quilt! I do like your technique for making one. Everyone on the hop has had different methods. I actually think that making a doll quilt would be a great idea to start out! Julie in the comments mentioned that and I think its a great idea! Love the fabrics!

    1. Thank you. And yes, I agree, we have learned 25 ways to make a puff quilt on this blog hop. It has been fun!

  11. Wow very nice...No I have never made a puffed quilt. But my mother made a puffed cushion for my rocking chair and back too..

    1. Thank you. That sounds lovely. It would make a great chair cushion.

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  13. I have never tried a puff quilt...looks complicated! Love the photo with your son, and so glad he claimed it...nice to have it go to someone that appreciates it!

  14. I never made a puff quilt. They look so comfy that I would really love to make one. Yours is so pretty.

  15. I have made one years ago. It was difficult. Still looks hard. Yours turned out wonderful.

  16. I've never made a puff quilt. Yours is so pretty; I love the jewel tones!

  17. Your quilt is lovely! The random placement worked out. Sometimes when I try that it takes awhile to make sure I like where all of the fabrics ended up.

    1. Thank you Dawn. I love the scrappiness of a random layout.

  18. Love your puff quilt and so does your sweet Sunrise! I have learned so much about making puff quilts that now I want to make one for myself (or one of my pups!). I have not made one yet!

  19. I've never made a puff quilt, and didn't think I wanted to until this blog hop. Seeing how the dogs and cats have responded so enthusiastically has me changing my mind...Beth T. aka

    1. Thank you, Beth. Yes, the pets really love these puff quilts!

  20. I've never made a puff quilt before, and hadn't even heard of them before this blog hop. But your quilt is so pretty, I'm thinking about it now - at least a small one for my cat. Sunrise certainly seems to like yours! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

    1. Thank you Pamela. It was my first puff quilt, too. It was a lot of fun to make. You can find tutorials on You Tube.