Please don’t groan when you see that I am putting up a Christmas pattern in June. There are several reason for it. Some months ago I showed you a pattern for a Moda jelly roll quilt and Moda Bakeshop published it on their blog which was really exciting. It means that I can now us the ‘As featured on Moda Bakeshop’ logo of which I am very proud. Moda are releasing their Christmas fabric range this month so I wanted to produce another pattern featuring their gorgeous fabric. I was asked by a quilter for instructions for biscuit quilts so I have made a biscuit quilted wall hanging using a Moda charm pack.
If you haven’t come across one before, a charm pack is a pack of forty two 5″ squares. As with jelly rolls, it means that you can buy a great selection of fabrics without the expense of having to buy a quarter yard of each one. And if you haven’t come across biscuit quilts before, they are made of larger squares of fabric sewn to smaller squares of backing fabric and filled with the sort of stuffing that is used for stuffed toys and such like. They do not require wadding. They are also known as puff quilts. Because of the names, I was terribly tempted to try and use a layer cake for my biscuit quilt, but that would have been farm more fabric than I needed.
Making the biscuit quilt
The charm squares are 5″ so for the backing I used 3″ squares of plain fabric. These are about 1″ smaller all round than the charm squares, but you could cut them slightly larger if you didn’t want such full biscuits.
Pin the backing square in one corner of the charm square.
Pin the corners of the backing square to the corners of the charm square. There is obviously a mismatch in size so there is a loop of charm square fabric between the pins.
Holding the two corners, smooth the fabric from each side towards the middle and then squash the loop of charm square to make a pleat.
Pin in place and repeat with a further two sides so that three sides are pinned and one is open. Continue sewing the charm squares to the backing squares on three sides until you have used all forty two squares.
Take a small wadge of filling and push it into the fabric shape. The amount of filling that you use depends on how thick you want your biscuits to be. It’s best to try and use roughly the same amount in each biscuit. I used two wadges similar to the one in the photo but with hindsight I would have used only one wadge that size to make it more easy to sew the biscuits together. When you have added the filling, flatten the fourth edge, make a pleat as on the other sides of the square and sew the seam.
Join the biscuits together by squeezing flat the edge to be joined and then sewing two biscuits together with right sides together. As there are forty two squares, I have sewn them together with six biscuits to a row and seven rows. This needs doing carefully because of the thickness to the left of the needle. so do check afterwards that both layers have been caught in your stitching.
Biscuit quilt border
I wanted to put a border on the biscuit quilt so that I could add some embellishment and also to make it easier to add the backing so I cut four lengths of green fabric 2″ by 21.1/2″. With right sides together sew two lengths to the longer (seven biscuit) edges of the biscuit quilt and the remaining two lengths to the shorter (six biscuit) edges.
Cut a 21.1/2″ square of backing fabric – I used the same green fabric as I had used for the border – and baste this to the biscuit quilt with wrong sides together. Bind the edges as for any quilt, but be careful when handstitching as there are only two layers of fabric so your stitches may show through if you’re not careful. Full details of quilt binding can be found here.
Quilting the biscuit quilt
It would obviously be impossible to quilt the two layers together so I secured the puff quilt by tying knots using embroidery thread in the corners of every other biscuit. There is a point just in from the corner where the fabric is quite flat and that is a good place to tie.
Full details of how to hand tie quilts.
Here’s the video: