Quilt Patterns Through Time

Doll Biscuit or Puff Quilt Pattern From the 1970s

Puff or Biscuit doll quilt
Today with our instant approach to everything, most of us want to finish before we begin. With this in mind, we have developed designs that are fun to do, pretty to look at ... and about as instant as they can be.    Stuff 'n' Puff Quilts, 1976

Quilting a Mixture of Old and New

Isn't the quote delightful, it's from the 70s and sounds like it's from todayl Even then women were busy and wanted craft projects that were fast and fun. Many of the classic block patterns were used in this period. But quilting books and magazines also liked to present the new and different and one of these was the puff quilt.

quilt pattern book cover

Although puff style quilts were made earlier they made a grand come back in the 1970s. Puff quilts, also called biscuit quilts, were presented with a twist in the "Stuff "n" Puff Quilts" pattern book. This book had patterns for octagon, star, flowers and other shaped individual puffs to be sewn together to make a quilt. Applique, embroidery and even zigzags sewn with a sewing machine embellished these quilts. The secret was that each puffed section was big so the quilt could be made quickly.

Back to Earth and Homemade

The hippie movement inspired many to go back to the old ways of gardening, canning the produce, sewing clothing and making quilts. Many people were concerned about the environment and one way to recycle was to make a biscuit quilt and stuff the sections with old unwearable nylon stockings. The problem was that a quilt stuffed with nylons was lumpy and weighed a ton!

Our Little 70s Puff Quilt for a Doll

I had to be a bit creative in making this style small enough for a doll so I decided on nine 6" squares, each with an appliqued posy on it. But we won't be weighing down any dolls with heavy lumpy nylons. They can enjoy modern light weight high loft batting in their puff quilts instead. By the way the reason I got inspired to do this pattern is because American Girls Dolls has made it official. The 1970s is now a part of history with two new historical dolls from this period.

To make this puffy little doll quilt go to the Free Baby & Doll Biscuit Quilt Pattern for the pattern and instructions.



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