It's my turn for the Island Batik Ambassador's All Puffed Up Blog Hop. I must admit that when I read about the challenge I wasn't too excited as puffy quilts have never appealed to me. However, I found a tutorial that showed how to make a stripy puffy quilt which seemed easy enough to do.
I started off by cutting 3 1/2" strips from each fabric in the gorgeous Exuberance collection by Teb Tucker's Studio 180 Design using my Accuquilt GO BIG! fabric cutter. The fabrics in this collection are just gorgeous. I love all the deep pinks and blues.
I then sewed all the strips together to create a long piece of fabric for the top. Next I taped the backing fabric to my kitchen table. Then I layered the top right on it and pinned it together with regular fabric pins.
Next I stitched in the ditch down each seam making sure to do a nice locking stitch at the beginning and the end using my favorite Aurifil 50 weight thread.
Now it was time to stuff it with polyester stuffing! Since this was long and puffy I needed help to get the stuffing all the way down the tube. I ended up using a 1/2" wooden dowel rod I found in my parent's basement. It worked well but it still took me 10-15 minutes to stuff each tube. And there were 21.
After many hours of stuffing I was finally finished. With the rigidity of the end product (note to self, don't stuff it so full. OOPS.), I finally decided on a simple zigzag stitch to finish the edge because other than a TON of hand sewing it was the only way. Fortunately my Schmetz Microtex Needles handled the job without any problems. I then took it out to our bazillion inches of snow in our yard for it's photo shoot. These fabrics are so yummy.
My husband is excited to use this when he goes winter camping as a sleeping mat so I suppose it is only appropriate to have a picture of it in the snow.
I am giving away a scrap bag of Island Batik fabrics! It has some from the Exuberance collection and lots of others too. For a chance to win leave a comment about your favorite color combination to use in quilts. A winner will be picked on February 28th at noon.
Island Batik is giving away two gorgeous fat quarter stacks this week! Be sure to click on the Rafflecopter link below.
I hope you get to quilt today!
I like blue and anything. It's such a calm color. Love your quilt/mat. Great colors.ReplyDelete
My current favorite color combo has been hot pink, orange, yellow and purple.ReplyDelete
Love your strippy puff quilt!
This collection is fantastic, Suzy! I love your tube puffy quilt! At first glance, I thought that was a beach as it reminds me of a float for the water! Love it! I'm sure it will be nice and warm for your hubby for winter camping!!ReplyDelete
Blues, teals and peaches are a fave combo!ReplyDelete
Rainbow, Jewel colors are my favorites. Very pretty sleeping mat. 24Tangent@gmail.comReplyDelete
Currently I'm working teal into almost everything I'm working on. Even our bedroom walls got two shades of teal.ReplyDelete
I love greens but I want each and every quilt to have it’s own look.ReplyDelete
this is a wonderfully creative quilt. thanks for sharing. I love to add blues to my quilts. Blues go with just about anything and I find it gives some extra color and dimension. Thanks for the give a way. quilting dash lady at comcast dot netReplyDelete
Suzy, I have never seen a puff quilt made like yours, but I really love it. And the colors are just gorgeous! I am sure your husband will really enjoy using it.(I wish we would get some snow. All we get is rain and more rain)ReplyDelete
Green is my favorite color and I like to use it with pink or blue. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.
My favorite color is purple with black or light gray.ReplyDelete
Your quilt really shows off the beautiful colors in this line of fabric! Looks like it will be good protection against the elements for your winter camping hubby, too. I'm enjoying making a blue and white quilt right now!ReplyDelete
Such a unique quilt! I like blues and yellow...a cheerful combination to me!ReplyDelete
This is definitely a great collection of fabric! It's neat to see them all laid out in long strips together. Thanks for showing a strip version of this quilt! I really like brights with black.ReplyDelete
I love blue, green and yellow combos.ReplyDelete
Great interpretation of a puff quilt. I would not have thought strips, my cat would never move! I like blues and yellows as my favorite color combination; although I don't typically sew them which is an odd realization.ReplyDelete
Love your idea .....I love purple and green together in a quiltReplyDelete
I love the strips for the puffed quilt! What a beautiful line of fabric - great range of colors! I love navy blue with a pop of bright - like tangerine or pink!ReplyDelete
I don't have a favorite color combo, but if I have to choose, I would probably choose black and gold. I love your quilt. I have never seen a puffy quilt like that. It looks so comfortable.ReplyDelete
My favorite colours are whatever the quilt tells me it wants to be.ReplyDelete
Great idea!!! I love all those colours in the collection. I’ve combined many fabric colours and can’t pick a favourite, but I’d love to make a quilt with hot pink and bright orange, or teal and brown.ReplyDelete
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I recently finished a quilt with various shades of purples and teal. Used some of Island Batiks in it!ReplyDelete
I'm surprised at how varied these puff quilts are turning out. I forgot about the long tube ones. I use all the colors in my quilts.ReplyDelete
So many different idea's for the Puff Quilt's.I can't really say I have a certain color theme, I make mostly scrap quilt's but I usually have some purples and pinks together in them.ReplyDelete
I use a lot of red and blue, although not in a "patriotic quilt" kind of way. Not that I'm not patriotic, just that the tones aren't necessarily those of the American flag, even though they are red and blue...I'm not sure why I sound defensive...I must be tired. :)ReplyDelete
What a great idea for a puff quilt. I'm always drawn to a rainbow of coloursReplyDelete
I love blues and yellow color combo. I like this line alot. Great project you shared with us.ReplyDelete
Perfect for camping he will have everyone else wanting one tooReplyDelete
I love your cheerful and cuddly quilt! My current favorite color combination is purple and green. I also like rainbow, Thanks for sharing this detailed post, and for all the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Purple and lime green is my favorite color combination.ReplyDelete
This is so fun! it shows off the gorgeous fabric tjaps and colors so beautifully . It looks like it's going to be a comfortable mat and quilt for many uses, not just camping .ReplyDelete
Love your process and tutorial. I typically don't use so many colors in quilting so I am getting a nice visual on how I might step out of my comfort zone. I love yellows and blues for a go to combination. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
It’s not really a color combination but I’m obsessed with anything mustard in color lately, so it has been sneaking into everything I do. Tanyamarieward@hotmail.comReplyDelete