Island Batik Puff Quilt blog hop

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Week 2 of All Puffed Up Blog Hop

Island Batik is hosting their first blog hop of the year with a fun puff quilt.

Today Quilting Gail and I are sharing our puff quits made with the new Fruits and Veggies Collection designed by Kathy Engle. Pre-cuts have already made it to shops, yardage is arriving this month.

Some of the products featured on this site were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil , AccuQuilt, ByAnnie and Schmetz Needles.

I love the varying shades of green and blue in this collection and have plans for it next month as well. There are 20 sku’s in the collection with dots, strawberries, beans, apples and corn.

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Blog Hop Guidelines

  • Project Type: Quilt
  • Size: Baby quilt size or larger
  • Technique: Puff/Bubble/Biscuit quilt

Because I have a new great nephew coming soon I decided to make a baby quilt. The theme of the nursery is jungle animals, and every jungle needs multiple shades of green. Fruits and Veggies would also be perfect for an ombre quilt, and don’t forget next month is St Patrick’s Day.

Supplies and process

First I pulled out all of my muslin scraps to act as a background for the puffs. The muslin squares were cut using the 4 1/2″ square from the AccuQuilt 8″ Qube. But you can also use the single die. For the main fabric I also used an AQ die, the 5 1/2″ square.

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schmetz needles

Stitching began on my Bernette with Schmetz Super Non Stick needles. I made pockets by pleating and closing off 3 sides, here they lay while I was trying to decide on placement. Oh, I used 1/8″ seam on the pockets.

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Filling the pockets

The pockets were then stitched together in strips using 1/4″ seam, and stuffed with a small amount of fiber. The filled pockets looked better if I pulled the fiber apart before stuffing, instead of using one solid chunk.

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Stitching continued on the newest addition to my sewing room, Elna EF1, I love this machine! Close off the row after stuffing with 1/8″ seam allowance, all the way across, pleating as you go. Add another row of pockets using 1/4″ seam and repeat.

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Island Batik fruits and veggies, puff quilt,

The quilt was pieced in quarters for easier handling. Oops, I forgot and used a 1/8″ seam closing some of the pocket rows. It was easy to forget, but It turns out, the puff quilt is very forgiving of these mistakes.

hobbs batting
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After all quarters were stuffed, I added scraps of Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting to the back of each and did my best to sew that 1/8″ seam all the way around.

The quarters were sewn together to form my quilt top (1/4″ seam) and adding backing was easy. The backing was taped to the floor then I centered the top and pinned it to the backing. A few + stitches in the seams using my machine instead of hand tying.

The finish

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Loki approved, he couldn’t wait to plop down once it was brought in from the outside photos. Binding was added after and it only required a little manipulation of the fibers.

Look at these gorgeous green, light blue and teal fabrics, and that hint of yellow shine in natural light. Corn and berries and beans, oh my, can be found on the fabric that is Fruits and Veggies. If asked, I will tell you my favorite color is yellow, but my closet and home says it’s green. I’d rather have emeralds and jade than diamonds, so to say this collection speaks to me would be an understatement. There is a green in here for almost any application you choose.

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My sweetest nephew Jeremy, and his wife Heather are expecting their first child this week. Someone else here loves green as much as I do. The nursery has a green wall and is jungle themed. You can’t have a jungle without plants, aka GREEN.

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The label was stitched right onto the backing fabric, which is Island Batik Rice.

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    1. Me too, it doesn’t matter if it’s light or dark or somewhere in between. I also love olive drab. Thank you for stopping by.

  1. Beautiful job on the baby quilt and good luck to the newborn! I loved your tutorial and thank you for showcasing your back. I don’t think we get to see enough of the solid-ish fabrics.

  2. Hi Denise, what a great quilt. I’ve been reading a few of the posts and and figured out that this is way too much work for me! It will make a great addition to your nephew’s baby’s room. Congrats on a great finish!

  3. this is lovely. I love those fabrics. oh but the look on her face says it all about this quilt. hope all goes well for their first baby. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    1. Believe it or not, I set aside 16 squares to make him a little bed. For some reason he is currently fascinated with sleeping on my work table and his quilt on the floor is too big for the table. The quilt took precisely 1 bad of fill leaving nothing for his squares.

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