Quilt Patterns Through Time

Free Biscuit or Puff Doll Quilt Pattern Instructions

This page gives the instructions for the puff or biscuit doll quilt. If you didn't come from Doll Biscuit or Puff Quilt Pattern From the 1970s go there for the introduction to this pattern including it's history.

layout of doll puff quilt
A Different Way to Make a Quilt

This is a quilt as you go technique with a twist. You will make each puff individually then sew them together. You can choose any fabrics, you don't have to stick to the period. I used orange, red, brown and avacado as they were the popular earthy colors of the 1970s.

Cut out your solid colored squares at 6 inches square. This includes the fabric for the seam allowance. Because of the puffiness they will measure less than 6 inches when you are done.

Adding the Posy
blanket stitch posy

Go to the Puff Flower PDF to get the template for the posy that will be appliqued to the center of each block. I hand appliqued mine with the blanket stitch but you could machine quilt it with the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. In the 1970s women didn't have all of the lovely decorative machine stitches we have today but they did have the zigzag stitch!

Combining Front and Back with Stuffing
zigzag posy

Once you have appliqued the flowers you are ready to sew together the back and front. Put them right sides together and sew leaving enough space to turn the squares and put in the batting. Normally the square would be stuffed with filling of some sort but we are working small with a doll quilt so I just used a doubled square of fluffy batting. You can experiment to see what comes out right for you. We just don't want the quilt to be stuffed so tight it will bounce right off of the doll! Then stitch the rest of the seam together.

back of quilt
Backing Possibilities

You can either vary the backing fabric using different fabrics for the squares or you can make them all the same fabric. I had some 70s fabric I've been wanting to use and it was perfect for the back of my puff quilt. There just aren't many projects that call for 70s colors.

Final Touches

When each square pillow is done sew a button through center of each posy. Be sure to stitch the front and back together as you sew on the button.

You can leave the squares as little pillows with just the button hilding the middle together or you can quilt along the edges of each posy to give an added dimension.

Once the squares are done whipstitch them together and your quilt is finished.

Go to the PRINTABLE VERSION OF BABY AND DOLL BISCUIT QUILTS if you want an easy way to print out this free quilt pattern.