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« on: September 29, 2012 05:27:36 PM »

So, when I went to see The Secret World of Arrietty (cute movie, by the way), my eye immediately picked up on this:


Now I want to make a replica of this for my bed. I have decided to use the puff quilt method to make this. The only thing that I can't decide is if I should fiberfill (like what's used to make stuffed animals) or if using high loft batting would be better. I want to make sure this quilt stays puffy through years of wear and washing and I want the quilt to lookl like it's made of puffy squares and not squares filled with balls of stuffing like a biscuit quilt.

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2012 09:33:23 PM »

I thought that puff quilt and biscuit quilt were two terms for the same thing, so I guess I don't know what you're asking...
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2012 08:10:02 PM »

Know that I think about it, I think puff quilt and biscuit are used interchangeably. Tongue Even so, I know that I don't want my squares to look round. I can get polyfil for cheap at thrift stores. I'll risk and hope for the best. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012 09:07:50 PM »

oh gotcha Cheesy Well if you used squares of high loft batting, wouldn't that make it not round/puffy?
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2012 10:03:31 PM »

That's what I was thinking. Plus, I could just cut out squares of batting to fit between the squares of fabric instead of taking the time to stuff the squares individually. Decisions, decisions....
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012 07:05:45 AM »

I think if you use fiberfil it might go lumpy when you wash it.  If you can find a big puffy duvet, you could make a duvet cover, put the duvet inside,  and then stitch in the ditch around the squares to make it quilty like. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2012 11:56:04 AM »

Hmmm. I don't have a duvet cover but that's a good idea. I don't know how much those cost but it might be more cost effective in the long run. I'll have to do some research.
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2012 01:44:35 PM »

I would use high loft batting and stitch in the ditch as you would any other quilt.  I think you would get the desired effect.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2012 03:07:20 PM »

I would use high loft batting and stitch in the ditch as you would any other quilt.  I think you would get the desired effect.

I would do what Sandy says, she's one of my quilt heroes Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2012 07:59:24 PM »

Hmmm. I don't have a duvet cover but that's a good idea. I don't know how much those cost but it might be more cost effective in the long run. I'll have to do some research.

They usually go on sale, or check out Home Sense. 
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2012 08:00:18 PM »

I think Ikea might have a decent priced/quality one?
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012 12:58:14 AM »

Wow. Thanks for all the options everyone.Cheesy I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to go with yet (why do paydays have to be so far apart?Sad). I hadn't even thought about just making the quilt like usual, SimplySandy. Although, I have a queen size bed and I'm trying to get away from making quilts where I have to work with that much fabric all at once. My sewing machine is small and I don't have an extension table to help me manage the weight of quilt while sewing.Tongue But that way may be the most feasible for what I want.
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012 02:08:10 PM »

Have you thought of the Quilt as you go method? I'm not exactly sure how that works to explain it to you, but that might yet another option! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2012 12:24:57 PM »

That crossed my mind too. But wouldn't I have to do some quilting in the middle of each square? I'm trying to avoid that.Tongue I just want the quilting to make the squares.
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2012 12:29:20 PM »

Oh ok, that makes sense.
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2013 06:17:52 AM »

Definitely use a high-loft poly batting. Get one that's a little thicker or you can double up. It does make a fluffy quilt that will STAY fluffy.
And yeah quilting it in pieces would work. You don't have to quilt within the squares at all because you would applique the designs beforehand, and then construct the squares.
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2013 05:27:51 AM »

I have made them with both. The fiberfill did get lumpy and on me after a couple of washings. the batting didn't. After washing the fiberfill quilt looked like balls sewn together, the high loft looked like pillows sewn together. These were quilts made for my grandchildren so they were meant for everyday use. I am working on one for my bed  for winter and I'm using fiberfill.It would probably depend on how much use the quilt would get.
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2013 10:09:01 AM »

I don't know how much this will help, but when I dry my down comforter I throw tennis balls in with it. It keeps the filling from getting compacted and keeps it fluffy
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2013 08:19:32 PM »

Thanks for the extra info cmoore, lyns, and noturavggeek. I plan on making my quilt with high loft batting so it looks like pillows sewn together. That's the look I'm going for. Smiley I'm still in the gathering materials phase for this quilt, but I hope to have it done around the beginning of summer.
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