Sweetgrass Prairie Puff Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on a puff (or biscuit) quilt using our new Sweetgrass Prairie collection. So far I’ve been cutting and doing a lot of repetitive steps, but I’m having fun seeing the progress of the little puffs, and at the same time I’m getting a better grip on some of the basic techniques.

The project started with cutting the prints into five-inch squares (or just starting with a few charm packs) and then cutting four-inch squares out of a basic fabric. I had started with the fat quarter sampler so there was a lot of cutting to do! I am happily no longer a mere beginner with the rotary cutter. 

This quilt is turning out to be a great solution to tackle the numerous prints in this collection, while still being simple enough for my skill level. I’m looking forward to assembling the array of puffs into a scrappy pattern with all of the soft colors and beautiful blooms. It’s a pleasant reminder that this ever-growing pile will someday turn into a cuddly quilt.

In the meantime, I’ll keep pinning until I run out of pins, and sewing to get my pins back. Eventually I will be ready to move on to the next step!



  1. Alexa B - March 12, 2012

    Wow Katrina, it looks like you’re making great progress! I love how this collection looks, I can’t wait to see the finished project. -Alexa

  2. Jessica M - March 12, 2012

    I’m intrigued – what is a puff quilt exactly, and where can I find a pattern? 🙂

  3. Gayle L. - March 12, 2012

    “The Biscuit Quilt” was one of the firsst patterns I bought and I have yet to take it out of the envelope to start cutting it out. Actually I haven’y read the instructions sheet thoughly yet and I started quilting in 2007. I guess I will need to do that one of these days soon. lol Keep up the good work and we will be waiting for the next post.

  4. Tonya - March 13, 2012

    these are lovely, I want to try this……..MUST.BUY.STUFFING

  5. emmer - March 14, 2012

    i wondee, what are you using as biscuit stuffing? are you using an actual pattern/design,or randomly placing your readied biscuits?
    one way you can speed up your sewing a bit is to sew the common seams between the biscuits as you go. that is, rather than go around 3 sides of each biscuit, then attaching singles together, make the side seams do double duty by sewing pinned pairs together.
    hard to tell from the picture how all the pleats are folded, but if all the pleats go the same way, ie clockwise or counterclockwise, then the edges will nestle together when sewn and leave a minimum of bulk.

  6. debbie meares - March 15, 2012

    I have been making puff quilts since 1999 and I love them. They are great made into a baby “quilt” I put this in quotes, because the ones I make get put at the bottom of the crib as a soft colorful place for the baby to sleep. And it travels well so when they visit grandmas house they have the same familiar blanket to sleep on.

  7. Katrina - March 15, 2012

    I’ve been using a polyester fiberfill for the stuffing (I had a ton of it that was waiting to be used). I haven’t been using a pattern, but rather going off of a few free tutorials I found online. Instead of starting with a pattern or design, I’ve been sewing each fabric up before moving on to the next. I figured once all of the puffs were sewn up I would then figure out how I was going to lay them out. This way, I wouldn’t be tempted to skip to the next step and abandon the un-sewn puffs!
    I agree that puff quilts would be super cute for a baby quilt! I think mine is going to my grandmother (so long as it turns out okay) since her 87th birthday is in a few months.

  8. debbie meares - March 16, 2012

    The only problem with your idea is that if you get much larger than a lap quilt it gets very heavy. I made a king size one for my daughter and son-in-law, they used it for a short time and said it was too heavy. They are best designed for small projects.

  9. debbie meares - March 16, 2012

    And the only downside that I have found in 10+ years of making them, once they are stuffed they are very hard to sew together. The first pattern I used had me stuff them and since then I have come up with my own technique to get around that problem and make assembly of the quilt very quick and easy.