Friday, June 15, 2012

Bubble Quilt - Puff Blanket - Biscuit Quilt

I've been working for a long time on this puff quilt, I started it around Christmas time and it just kept getting pushed to the side. When we were little we had this great bubble quilt that our grandma made us, and I wanted to make one for Ada. I only vaguely remembered what it looked like, so my puffs are much bigger, but it turned out great and Ada loves squishing the colorful puffs! I made a practice puff a while ago for my Puff Pin Cushion and kept the same dimensions.

I finally finished making an alternative method for making a bubble quilt, You sew the entire top together before you stuff the puffs! Check out the new tutorial here!

Check out my newest finished bubble quilts!

Here are some other bubble quilts! 

The size I made is a little strange, it's quite long and narrow, so for now we just play with it on the floor, but I'm thinking it would look amazing at the foot of her bed when we eventually turn it to a toddler bed.
Materials (for the size I made which was about 24x44 without the ruffle):
 16 different colors of scrap fabric (if you want to do the rainbow)
1 yard cheap crappy fabric for the base of the puffs (you won't be able to see them)
1 yard minky
1 1/2 yard silky fabric for the ruffle
Some poly-fil

Step 1: Pick out a bunch of scrap fabrics that you like.
Step 2: So for my blanket, I cut 7"x7" squares for my bubbles, but they ended up being quite difficult to work with at the end since they were so big. I'd recommend making them 6"x6" instead. So out of your fabrics cut out your squares and arrange them to your liking with 11 on the long side and 6 on the short side, so you end up with 66 total squares.
Now out of your ugly fabric (yes, mine is sweet quail fabric I got for free) cut out 66 4.5"x4.5" squares.
Step 3: Now we're going to make the puffs, all 66 of them. Place your two squares together so that the large square has it's right side out and the small square doesn't matter if it's right side out or it. Pin the corner of one square to the corresponding corner of the other square. Repeat with all four corners.
Make two pleats on each side of the square and pin in place. On each side the folds should go in towards each other and make it so that the larger square sides match up with the smaller square's sides.
Repeat on all four sides. Sorry about the blurry picture.
 Here's a quick video of how to make the pleats as well as an alternative single pleat method. I made this in about 5 minutes, so it's not perfect, but it does the job!
video

 Sew around your square using a 1/4" seam to secure your pleats. Leave one of the corners open, but make sure your seam goes past the pleats on each side.
Now you can stuff your puff. I know it's tempting to stuff them really full, but don't because we're going to have to sew the puffs together on the machine, and if they're too big, they won't fit. Repeat with all 66 bubbles.
Step 4: Lay out your puffs in the arrangement you want and then take to, pin one of the edges together and sew. I used a zipper foot because it enabled me to get the seam closer.
I sewed mine together in rows of 6.
Once you have all 11 of your rows of 6, you'll need to sew them together. It's crucial to pin them before you get going. I pinned at the seam and then again in the middle to help everything stick together.
Sew all of your rows together until your entire top is completed!
Step 5: Make a ruffle to go around your blanket. I didn't show the steps to making a ruffle, but you can look here to learn how to make one. I cut six strips out of my silky fabric that were each 8" wide. Then I followed the same steps. Cut our your minky to the size of your bubble top. Pin your ruffle on to the correct side of the minky with the ruffle going in toward the center and then sew it in place.
Lay your puffs right side up and your minky and ruffle piece right side down on top. Make sure all of the ruffle is going in toward the center (so you can't see any).
Pin in place and then sew around. Be very careful not to snag the ruffle in the seam during this process. Just go slow and stick you hand in between the pins to straighten the ruffle as you go. Leave a large-ish opening, mine was about 7" wide.
Turn you blanket right side out and hand stitch up the opening.
 You're all finished!
 It's beautiful and squishy too!

151 comments:

  1. I have never seen anything like this. I LOVE it! I just wish I had a little baby to make it for.

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    1. i dont think this is just for a baby this would b really fun for a dorm .

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    2. I agree.. how cool is this!!

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    3. This is a fantastic idea! I will make sure that my first granddaughter has a quilt like this! It would be a great way for her to experience her first textures and plushy feelings...thank you so much for posting!!

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    4. I like this maybe for my bed too

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    5. You can make it for mine....lol

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    6. Awesome Idea.

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    7. ive made several of these.. they are a bit time consumming but theyre beautiful and new mommys love them.. i make flannel plaid ones for baby boys

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  2. This is awesome, I love it ;)

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  3. Omg !!!! I have to make this !!!!! Can't want o get started on it.

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  4. That looks really cool!!! But way too complicated for me to make.

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  5. Are you planning on making these and selling them somewhere like etsy.com? I am craft-challenged and would love one but I know it'll come out crappy. Let me know if you are willing to make and sell some!! I know a few people who would definitely be interested (including myself!!)- Micaylab@sbcglobal.net is my email, if you do decide to make and sell them.
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    -Micayla

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    1. I agree w/Micayla! No way I could make it and have it come out nice. Totally willing to pay for someone else to!

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    2. I agree just as well with Micayla, & Mom, I would definitely buy more than one. I am no where good with a needle and thread, heck i can not get the thread into the needle. The true reason I would buy more than one is b/c my mother recently passed away and I know that she would want her great grandkids to have this as a gift from her. My count right is about 10. I am not concerned about the cost. Email me so we can discuss this further. I appreciate your true art, Great Job. I truly mean that.

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    3. Agreed. I am craft challenged. I could buy/cut the fabric but I cannot sew. :)

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  6. I made one of these once and while it was sooo comfy and really looked awesome. It was a pain in the butt to wash and sew together. At least for me. But hats off to you for making one yours is way prettier than mine was. :)

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  7. That is amazing! Never seen anything like it! It turned out adorable. :)

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  8. Love it!!! but I'm not sure if I am skilled enough to make it!!

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  9. i think I may try to make one just for my grandkids to lay oon the floor to watch TV and play that's too cute

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  10. If you are willing to make and sell them, please let me know as well! kaylacurington@hotmail.com

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  11. For anyone wanting to find other directions, sizes and fabric choices just search the words "Biscuit Quilt". This is the design name used in the quilting world.
    Your color layout is super! Nice Job! I can see one in my near furture.

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    1. Ahh, I had no idea it had a real name. That would have been helpful when I was attempting to make mine! Thanks for sharing that info!

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  12. I got lost making the pleat :(

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    1. I made a little video of how to do the pleat, I hope it helps!

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  13. You mentioned you cut the top squares 7" and then the bottom 4.5" - but then you suggest 6" would be easier to work with. If using 6" for the top would you keep the 4.5" bottom or would you go smaller?

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    1. Yep, if you're doing a 6"x6" top square keep the bottom square 4.5"x4.5"!

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    2. i was wondering this as well! im making one right now for my cousins baby shower <3

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  14. Ok, so what do you use to stuff the puff?

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    1. Sorry, I just noticed that I left that part off of the materials list. You just need regular old polyfil stuffing from the craft store. There are different types, but I usually just buy whatever is on sale!

      http://www.fairfieldworld.com/product-cat/17

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  15. I have not done much sewing .....how would you rate this project.....easy, moderate, or experienced sewer needed?

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    1. I think I would rate this project right in the middle. It looks harder than it is, and is really just time consuming. I say go for it! Try a couple with scraps and then if you decide it's too tricky you won't be out any money!

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  16. What the heck is a minky? :)

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    1. Minky is just fuzzy fabric that you can find at places like Joann's. You can use any fabric for the back though, I just like the minky because it's soft and fuzzy!

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  17. My little girl is going to flip when she gets hers! Can't wait to get started! Thank you!

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  18. Oh how I wish I had this idea when my kids were babies (though I might make one for me)!

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  19. this is amazingly adorable. I think i may try this one.(wish me luck) that video helped me out alot! thank you :)

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  20. My Mother made one for my son before he was born (many years ago, he is thirty something now). It was beautiful and so useful. He and his sister slept many a night under a church pew on the popcorn blanket as we call it.

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  21. I wouldn't be able to make this either email me if someone is selling them. kara_c7@yahoo.com

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  22. I would totally buy that since I'm retarded when it comes to sewing machines. Love it!!!

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  23. This is precious. I need another grandchild to make one for

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  24. My goodness, this has to be the most adorable blanket I have ever seen! It makes me want to learn how to sew so I can make them for every child I know! :)

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  25. Thank you! Just finished mine for my baby due in September. Instructions were awesome. I'd post a pic, as I'm feeling quite proud, but can't figure out how to on here :)

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    1. Erin, congratulations on the baby and finishing your blanket early! I would love to post your blanket picture so that everybody can see that it can be done! If you're interested, email it to me: Skyler@awaitingada.com

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  26. I started one of these years ago, and it is in my UFO's. Some day I may get it back out and finish it for a great grandchild. I was making mine not so fluffy and as a beadspread on a twin beds. Biscuit quilt.

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  27. If you don't like the idea of sewing the stuffed puffs, you could sew them without an opening. Sew them all together, then slit the bottoms, stuff and stitch up the slit. You won't see it because the backing will cover it up.

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  28. Great tutorial! Here's my version of the 'biscuit' quilt type: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103861433/baby-or-playtime-biscuitbubble-quilt -- I'm also going to try this in 'mini' biscuits (if I have the patience that is!).

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  29. I have a quick question...is this washable?? Its fabulous looking!

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    1. Yep you can wash it. I use the delicate cycle just to be safe though. We've been washing the one our grandma made us for over 20 years!

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    2. awesome! I am so excited to try to make one for a coworker that's having her first baby girl in a couple of months. I'm sure it won't look anywhere as great as yours, but I know those babies can be messy :)

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  30. перевоооооооооооооод дайте плизз кто нить из росскоговорящих копипастеров (уверен - что кто нибудь уже стырил тему к себе на сайт - поделитесь ссылкой плизз)

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  31. This is sooo cute. All future babies in my path will be receiving this quilt <3

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  32. Patti Boehm MaulfairJuly 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I can't wait to start!! My grandson is due in Dec. & this is a perfect gift to give at the baby shower.

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  33. My friend just sent your post to me and said how long would it take for us to accomplish this? We have a stitch 'n' bitch meetup - I haven't a clue but it will be fun to try - I haven't thought of these is years - thanks for sharing the fun - stay inspired!

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    1. I would say that this project takes me about 10-15 hours to complete. Have fun making it!

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  34. If anyone is willing to make 2 of these I WILL PAY YOU :) pleaese email me! Addiejulie@yahoo.com

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  35. I want one for my couch as a full-size throw. Any idea how many squares I would need if I did 6x6 top squares?
    I think this would be a great cuddle-on-the-couch, cold-night-in kind of blanket!

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    1. Sorry it took me awhile to respond, I meant to and then I forgot! Alright, so if you're wanting a 6 foot square blanket that would work itself out to be 18 bubbles by 18 bubbles which is 324 total bubbles. Have fun making it, I'd love to see a picture when you're finished!

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  36. Awesome!!! I'm so wanting to make one...(or maybe a few?) of these!! May time be on my side to complete this project. :) thank you for the inspiration!

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  37. If I make my top squares 6x6, would my bottom squares then convert to 3.5x3.5 as well?

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    1. Nope, keep the base square 4.5 x 4.5 and they'll work great with the 6x6 tops!

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  39. I love this - would be brilliant for my cousin's wee boy who is still performing the occasional face-plant when sitting up on his own. I hope you don't mind - I have linked to it in a post on my "round tuit" blog. If you're interested - you can find it here: http://myroundtuitblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/bubble-quilt-puff-blanket-biscuit-quilt/

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  40. I love your pictures. I recently started selling my work on AlaskaSweetStitches.com (still under construction) these are the special order type of projects that I'd love to do. Would you mind if I made some using your tutorial?

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    1. Nope I don't mind at all! If you don't mind, I'd love a shout-out that you used my tutorial and a link back to my blog! Have fun making them! I've been making several custom orders and it's been a lot of fun to see how different people's visions turn out!

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  41. I have an old hickory rocker. My mother in law made a seat cover and a back cover using this method. Very comfortable to sit on!

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  43. You are great at giving directions!! After reading the directions I was like "mm maybe I could do this" but after watching the video you've really explained it well and I'm pumped to try this!!!

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  44. I had too much trouble sewing together the stuffed bubbles. So I cut a slit in the ugly backing. I will stuff the bubbles as the last step before turning the whole quilt right side out (ruffle and all). That way I can get stuffing into all the corners. It is MUCH easier to sew the bubbles together empty. I am thoroughly enjoying this project for my new grandson due in October.

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  45. This is absolutely awesome! I was on the fence about what kind of blanket to make for my yhird unborn and as soon as I saw this I WAS SOLD! thanks for sharing!

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  46. This is such an adorable quilt, perfect for a baby. I am making one for my sisters newborn and I wonder approx. how long it would take and if there is a way to sew together the squares before stuffing?

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    1. This size bubble blanket takes me approximately 15 hours to make. A few people have talked about sewing the squares together before stuffing by then cutting a slit in the backing and stuffing them afterward and then just stitching the slit up. I haven't tried this method, but it sounds like it works! Have fun!

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  47. As I was reorganizing my fabric "stash 'n scrap" closet I came across lots of satin scraps from the past five years of the three granddaughter's princess dresses (I think they were born asking Granny for a princess dress to play in!) I thought I would piece a small "princess quilt" for them to have when they visit us. The puffy and softness of this quilt would make them think they were not just princesses but Queens!!! Thanks for the idea! Your quilt is adorable!

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  48. That's is cute! I'm lacking the patience for the pleats. So, I'll just make little pillow puffs. I like the way you designed your colors/fabrics. Thanks for the idea.

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  49. You can do this for dorm rooms by using the related college material. This would look great. I am going to try this with NCAA material.

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  50. I can't sew worth a darn, but would love to buy some if you are willing to make them. Please email me with a price at s_chavez9898@msn.com Thanks!

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  51. I saw this on Pinterest ... thank you for taking the time to detail it out ... (video helped a lot) ... making one ... thank you again

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    1. Thanks so much for being appreciative, it's nice to hear. I would love to see a picture of yours when you finish! Have fun making it!!!

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  52. Hi! I was wondering somethin: I was planning on making a quilt for my friend for her baby shower but then I saw this and thought that this might actually be better for her to bring with to visit people so the baby can lay on the floor. However, do you think this a good quilt for a newborn and/or a baby under a year old, or should I wait to make one until the baby is older? Thank you in advance for your advice and perspective.

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    1. Marie, I would definitely recommend making one of these for a younger baby. They are perfect for laying on, especially on hard wood or laminate flooring and they are awesome for when baby is learning to sit up and they tumble over quite often. I'd love to see a picture when you finish! Have fun!

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  53. ooh.. I love this! How long did it take you to complete? I'm looking for ideas for a gift for my OH's niece at the moment and I think this would be perfect, I'm going to have to give it a try!!

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    1. It's hard to say exactly how long the first one took me since I stretched it out over such a long period of time, but I think it took about 10-15 hours of focused sewing time! Have fun, they're a blast to make!

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  54. LOOKS fun and easy. I saw this quilt on my facebook page and got curious. Thank you for the instructions!

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  55. At Step 3, you say put right sides together. If this is the case, won't you be looking at the wrong side of the quilt when done? Do they need to be turned inside out before stuffing?

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    1. Whoops, good catch. No you don't want to have the rights sides together in step 3. You want to have your main fabric (the big square) with it's right side facing out. The small square doesn't matter whether it is right side out or in because you'll have a backing to cover it. I will be sure to fix that in the post. Thanks for catching that!

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  56. your welcome.....I'm glad I asked you the question about step 3

    Sandy

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  57. I was just wondering if this would fit in a standard sized crib? Like fit perfectly? or would I have to add one more square to each because the dimensions are 52"x27". Thanks :)

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    1. Alright, so I just checked mine blanket in Ada's crib (it's standard size) and I would do 7x13 rows of puffs instead of 6x11.

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  58. Please tell me what is "minky" the store where I get my fabric didn't know what it was.Could I use a soft fleece for the backing.Thanks

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    1. Minky is just super soft and fuzzy fabric (it feels kind of like a cuddly stuffed animal). You can use anything you want for the back, I just like minky because it's so soft!

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  59. If you cut a one inch slit in the middle of each bottom bubble fabric, you can sew them together first, then stuff them and stitch them by hand after. That way you don't have to sew the stuffed bubbles on the machine. It works great!

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  60. I do believe that your idea is mention somewhere in the instrutions.I am getting ready to put it together and I think I will do the slit.I think it will be a lot easier to handle.
    I do find this bubble quilt is time consuming but also fun.I can't wait to finish it is for my new granddaughter.
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  61. I would love to purchase a few of these blankets. They are beautiful. I have two children under two and one on the way. These blankets would be perfect for them. If you are making and selling these, please contact me. (mistychristine77@gmail.com)

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  62. when sewing puffs together can you start at your first row of six sew them together then do your next row of six and so on
    until all eleven rows are sewed together?I'm doing this before puffs are stuffed.

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    1. You can sew them together in any order that makes sense to you. There's no right or wrong way to do it. I made my 11 rows of 6 and then sewed them together in pairs until they were all done, but it's totally up to you!

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  63. At Joann Fabrics minky is called Soft and Comfy, but almost everyone who asked for it called it minky so they should know what you are looking for.

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  64. What a pretty quilt, and so cozy and comfy! I haven't ever tried putting a ruffled edge on a quilt before. It really adds to the finished quilt.

    As a mom (and grandma-to-be) I have to say that this is a great play quilt, but it is too thick to be used in an infant's crib. It's a caution that maybe you could include in the instructions so that someone making this as a gift isn't disappointed to hear this after it's all finished.

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  65. What a pretty quilt, and so cozy and comfy! I haven't ever tried putting a ruffled edge on a quilt before. It really adds to the finished quilt.

    As a mom (and grandma-to-be) I have to say that this is a great play quilt, but it is too thick to be used in an infant's crib. It's a caution that maybe you could include in the instructions so that someone making this as a gift isn't disappointed to hear this after it's all finished.

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  66. Hi I'd love to give this a go for my little boy, just have a few Q's: you mention doing a pleat when you're folding the large material over the smaller one, how do you do this? Also, at the end, you say to place the balls right way up and put the base over the top an sew that together, wouldnt that mean that the balls would be upside down and you could see the pleats at the bottom?

    Thanks

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    1. Kelly,
      To see how to make the pleats, watch the quick little video I have that shows how to do the pleats. As for your second question:

      "Also, at the end, you say to place the balls right way up and put the base over the top an sew that together, wouldnt that mean that the balls would be upside down and you could see the pleats at the bottom?"

      So you're laying your completed bubbles right way up and then laying the bottom fabric on top of the bubbles so that they are right sides together. Then sew around the edge, leaving a large opening, about 7". Then you can turn the blanket right side out and hand stitch up the opening.

      Hope that helps!

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  67. I'd be interested in buying one...please email me with details!! Nicole.reigh@gmail.com

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  68. I just finished sewing my squares together (unstuffed) and I love the out come.I love the way it looks unstuffed.Unstuffed makes it alot easier to sew together.I might do another and not stuff just put a thick batting and a pretty backing like you would do on a regular quilt. If I try I will make a twin size for my granddaughter.
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  69. I have never worked with minky or any stretch material and am wondering how this holds up in the wash? Can I use 100% cotton thread and do I sew without stretching the material as I sew? Thanks for your help and yes I love the Bubble Quilt.....

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    1. The minky I've used holds up in the wash great. I think that different brands probably do better or worse after time, but I've had great luck with the ones I've used, and I've used a few different brands. I use gutermann thread, which is polyester I believe, so I'm not sure about the cotton thread, but I imagine that it would work just fine.

      As for sewing with the minky, do not stretch it as you sew. Try to keep it as flat as possible as you go, which will be easier on two of the sides than on the other two.

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    2. I was wondering can you use a pill free fleece in place of the minky?

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    3. I've never used fleece for the backing, but I don't see why not as long as it's machine wash and dry! My grandma's quilt has a cotton backing, so it's really just about preference. I just use the minky because I like it!

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  70. Wow that's great, I wonder if you could put some crackly sounding stuff inside the puff, babies love that.. but watch out so do doggies.

    What a wonderful tutorial. Thank you very much for inspiration!

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  71. I can't get the video to load to figure out how to make the pleats! Can someone help please!?!?!

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  72. Oh my goodness, just found this on pintrest and I NEED, WANT, WILL find the time to try and make it... Going in a boy direction, not sure about the ruffle... gotta come up with a different (boyee - yep... made up word for me) edging. Awesome tutorial, thanks!

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  73. for the video just click on the red button on bottom left then on the screen and it should start

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  74. I AM HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME ATTACHING MY FLANNEL TO THE BUBBLES AS YOU SUGGEST.I AM FOLLOWING YOUR DIRECTIONS BUT CAN'T SEEM TO MAKE IT FIT.I WOULD LIKE ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER.
    THANKS

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  75. figured it out thanks

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  76. Can you make a tutorial video of making the whole quilt? That would help a lot! Thanks(:

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  77. Wow, this looks amazing! I love it. I am going to try to make two of these starting now and hope I get them done by Christmas. I have two baby girls that im making them for. I love the ruffle idea. I do have a question though, instead of using fabric for the bubbles, i looked up minky on an online fabric store, I was thinking about using all different textured minky for the bubbles and then plain minky for the bottom of the blanket with the silky ruffles? Do you think that would work or should I just stick with the regular fabric? Thanks :)

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    1. Breanna,
      I love the idea of doing different textured minky for the bubbles, it would be so soft and squishy! I'm hesitant about it though because minky can be difficult to work with, especially if you're not familiar with it. However, I think you should go for it if you've got some experience sewing, but be warned, I think it could get a little tricky! I am dying to see how it turns out, I would love to see pictures of it when you finish!!! Email me at skyler@awaitingada.com when you're done!

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    2. I might try a few bubbles alone first to see how well it is going to work out. If it is too tricky I will just use regular fabric. Do you use flannel fabric for the bubbles? I have never made a blanket like this before. I am kind of nervous, I want the blankets to turn out looking very nice and professional and not something random I whipped up ten minutes before Christmas.

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    3. Doing some test bubbles is a great idea. I've never used anything but cotton for the bubbles, but I don't see why you couldn't use flannel. I'm sure they will look amazing no matter what fabric you use! Plus, no one will think you whipped them up in 10 minutes!

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    4. Hmm I will just have to experiment for a little bit. Thanks for the advice:) I will email you some pictures of the finished product, I am thinking about having their names ebroidered onto the blanket aswell, do you know if that will work with minky?

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    5. I don't really know anything about embroidery, but I googled it, and it seems possible!

      http://dzgns.com/blog/2012/02/how-to-embroider-on-minky/

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  78. Thanks :) When I start making this blanket, which should be soon, do you mind if I email you if I come across any questions? It would help a lot.

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    1. Nope, I don't mind at all :) skyler@awaitingada.com

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  79. Goodness looks like this will be added to my sewing projects!!!! I LOVE the look of the quilt!! So soft n fluffy:-) think imma do random different textures for the front though n maybe add the crinkly material to the corner bubbles:-) so its a snugly quilt AND awesome sensory blanket all in one!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!!!

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  80. I have been making biscuit quilts for almost 20 years and LOVE giving them as gifts. Lately I've seen a few tutorials thru Pinterest. What they all seem to have in common is a complex step for pinning and that the biscuits are filled before final sewing. I use only 2-4 pins and never fill the puffs until the whole quilt is finished (I cut a diagonal slit in my bottom fabric). It's a tremendous strain on your machine & body to fill as you go.

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  81. I WOULD LOVE TO SEND YOU A PICTURE OF MY BUBBLE QUILT THAT I
    HAVE JUST COMPLETED.I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME.I HAVE TO ADMIT IT WAS A LOT OF WORK BUT DID FIND EASIER WAYS AS I WAS WORKING ON IT.I MIGHT DO A TWIN SIZE NEXT.I WOULD LOVE TO E-MAIL YOU A PICTURE OF MY BUBBLE QUILT.WHERE DO I E-MAIL IT TO?
    THANKS FOR THE DIRECTIONS
    SANDY

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    1. I would love to see pictures of your bubble quilt. Email me at skyler@awaitingada.com

      I've also found some easier ways to make it now that I've done it a few times! The first time is always the hardest!

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  82. Wow..!! it's a very nice bubble quilt. It looks very easy to make.
    I think i should make this bubble quilt.
    Thanks for the idea:)

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  83. wondering if you got the picture of the bubble quilt I e-mail to you @ skyler. I thought you might reply on this web site.
    sandy

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    1. I did get it and your quilt is amazing! such fun colors; I love how bright and vibrant it is! I sent you an email too, I'm just a little slow! Thanks for sharing it with me!!!

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  84. I started cutting out my squares last night! I'm very excited to make this blanket for my daughter!

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  85. You don't say how to close the puff after you stuff it. Do you just finish it off on the machine, and hand sew each one?

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    1. After I stuffed the puffs, I didn't sew them up individually. When I sewed the puffs together in step 4, that closed up the opening. You certainly can sew up the holes after you stuff them though!

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  86. I don't have a clue as to what "minky" is. Can you expand on this?
    Thanks!

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    1. Minky is just a soft fuzzy fabric. Most stores I know of call it minky, but I know that Joann's calls it "soft and comfy." You don't have to use minky for the backing, I just like the way it feels; you can use whatever you want! Hope that helps!

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  87. Thank you so much for posting this!! It took me about a week to make mine but it was so FUN! I know I'm crazy because it was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it. Thanks!

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  88. I found the picture and link to your quilt on Pinterest! OMG it is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I haven't used a sewing machine in over 15 years and even then it was just home-ec class in 10th grade. But I rushed out and bought fabric and straight pins and made some arrangements with my mother in law for her to teach me how to use her machine. My quilt is coming together very slowly since I have three little ones at home, but I am actually doing it and I'm so excited! I just want to thank you for the superb instructions and the inspiration to do this!

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  89. Can this be done using only hand-sewing?

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  90. I love the idea Kath had. Make it without the filling and fill at the end. I may try this. Only, for the top squares, I am going to try to create a Pokèball pattern. My 10 yr old son will love it!

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    1. A pokeball pattern sounds hilarious and awesome. I'd love to see a picture when you finish! skyler@awaitingada.com

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  91. I want to let everyone know that I've taken your advice and written a new and improved tutorial for making the bubble quilt that is much easier. Thanks for all your support and advice!

    http://www.awaitingada.com/2012/10/new-and-improved-tutorial-bubble-quilt.html

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  92. I want to make one using old Bra cups!!!!

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  93. This would also be great for a pet bed!

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  94. Hi, Thanks for this excellent and I'm all set to try my version of this beautiful quilt. I'm using a mix of fabrics in yellow, grey, black and white and will do 8 X 8 bubbles using your rainbow layout.

    I was thinking of cutting the fabric to 5.5' x 5.5' squares (as works better with the amounts of fabric I have, 1 in particular will just about fit). Should I adjust the underneath fabric to 4''x4'' instead of 4.5''x4.5''? I know you've answered this question before for 6 x 6 squares but I was unsure whether the lost squared half inch will make a difference.

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    1. Well, it just depends on how bubbly you want your bubbles to be. If you don't make your base square smaller, your bubbles are going to be less puffy, if that doesn't bother you, then leave them 4.5"x4.5", if you want them more puffy and rounded, then cut the base squares to 4"x4". You can always make a trial bubble from scrap fabric and see how you like it! Hope that helps!

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  95. sure makes we wish i could sew

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  96. What a great idea! I love how soft it looks! I used it as the daily craft on our facebook page, check us out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brushes-and-Thread/231012056980834

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  97. Did you pre wash all the fabric first? If not I was wondering about shrinkage in 100% cotton fabrics.

    Many thanks for putting this up! The tute, and pics are fabulous! Can't wait to get started!

    Eleanor

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    1. I didn't pre-wash the fabrics, but I never do even though I should. If you're worried about them shrinking, definitely wash your fabric first! Happy sewing!

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  98. I'm 63 and have one on my bed as a comforter.Love It

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