This past Tuesday, I decided to power through and finish the puff quilt that I started earlier this month. The project took a few more weeks because I ran out of Poly-Fil and had to make a trip to town to get it, and then I decided to make it larger, which required an additional supply order from Etsy.
When you’re in a hurry, that’s when your Etsy orders take the longest! The shop I ordered from printed the label, and then kept it for a few days before taking it to the P.O. The frustration! I could have had it in a couple days, but it dragged out a solid 7 days.
By far the hardest part of this quilt was the binding. It was a fussy, heavy mess! Even with my Pfaff’s built-n walking foot. But it’s done! Finished size 56″ x 60.” Not bad! It’s so fluffy and squishy and I want to take a nap rn.
If you’re thinking about making one, I’ve broken down the cost below:
Fabric (10″ layer cake $42 + 5″ charm pack $10) = $52
Backing (4 yards, would have been ok at 3.75 yards) = $32 (I had a birthday coupon that saved me 40% off otherwise it would have been over $50)
Binding, 1/2 yard $6 (If you use leftover backing you can drop this.)
Batting (this is optional, but makes it nice and heavy) $16
Perle Cotton for tying $4
Supplies total: $121
I didn’t include shipping or tax in these totals. If you use fabric from your stash, it’s obviously much less expensive that way.
I love the backing I chose! It looks like it was part of a fall line by Riley Blake.
I started this on May 6, and finished May 25. I probably spent a week, total, working on it. That’s a nice amount of time. If projects take too long, or go on too long, I don’t want to finish. Anyone else?
I’m not keeping this one…it’s going off as a gift. Hopefully they will like it! If they put it in the dog kennel or it ends up in a friend’s horse stable, or if the kids cover it in caramel sauce, I will tag and shame them publicly on Facebook and they will also be declared “un-quiltworthy.” This means you’re banned from receiving a handmade quilt from me for life. It’s necessary.
That being said, if you ever receive a handmade quilt and it’s not your favorite…I recommend offering it back to the giver. Just say something like, “Thank you so much for your thoughtful and incredible gift. Unfortunately, I’m downsizing and I have to part with it. I wanted to offer it back to you because I realize the value of such a gift.”
As a quilter, it would be hard to realize someone doesn’t want your gift, but I would appreciate this rather than seeing it at Goodwill. I’m imagining seeing someone at Goodwill with an overflowing cart snatching up the quilt ($5) and crowing how much her ferrets/dogs/horse/hedgehogs/guinea pigs will love it. I can’t.
When I was wrestling with the binding, I thought I’d never make another one, but now I’m envisioning a Christmas-themed puff quilt. Imagine you’re sitting in front of the fireplace. It’s snowing. Christmas movies are on tv. Maximum cozy vibes. You’re never leaving the sofa.
See you all soon!