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    Puffy quilt advice please

    Hi! I'm going to make a quilt for my 18 year old grandson (as I did for his brothers) as he goes off to university. However, he says that he would like a "puffy' quilt. I'm thinking 2 layers of high loft poly batting which I guess I would have to tie rather than do stitch quilting. I feel this limits my choice of pattern ....any advice, opinions and suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks!

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    Wool batting gives a nice loft. Puffy compared to cotton, but still easy to quilt.

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    I would use a single layer of Hobbs Polydown. It is puffy but still can be quilted. Keep quilting lines as far apart as batting directions say you can to retain loft. Some high loft batting is somewhat stiff but the Hobbs is soft. Two layers of the stiffer high loft poly would be not-so-nice, I think. Two layers of Hobbs wool might be a possibility.

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    I would choose a simple pattern like 5 inch squares for the top. You could then use the intersections for either tieing or use your machine tie tack feature.

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    For puffy, I would tie. And, I would use squares for the top and tie in the squares corners and in the middle of each square. Nice and puffy and surprisingly durable.

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    Does he want a biscuit quilt? None of the above would apply if that is what he meant, except for the tying.
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    I just layered Hobbs Tuscany poly (soft and thick) with a soft cotton and could still FMQ it. Very soft and quite thick.

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    There is also Quilters Dream Puff. It has a high loft and is still “machine-quiltable.”

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    I think what he might be asking for is a puff quilt where you make square pockets and sew them in rows. You leave one of the sides of each square pocket open and you stuff it with Polyfil. Then you join rows. It looks like a lot of little pillows sewn together. YouTube has a few tutorial videos showing how it's done. Type in "Easy Puff Quilt Tutorial" and see what comes up.

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    Here is a good example of a puff quilt:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwe28kZLv78

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    I once had a quilt long armed quilted and asked for a puffy quilting. When I got it back she had used 2 layers of batting to make it thicker. The darn thing was so heavy that you couldn't lift it or sleep beneath it at all. Have yet to figure out why she did it. Ruined a great quilt top!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmo View Post
    Hi! I'm going to make a quilt for my 18 year old grandson (as I did for his brothers) as he goes off to university. However, he says that he would like a "puffy' quilt. I'm thinking 2 layers of high loft poly batting which I guess I would have to tie rather than do stitch quilting. I feel this limits my choice of pattern ....any advice, opinions and suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks!
    I like puffy quilts also. I found the highest loft poly batting does the job for me.
    The only way you can do this is make a practice piece or two. If you do use 2 layers of high-loft polyester batting ask a longarm quilter if they can deal with it or not. I think they can do it ok.
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    For me being a novice quilter, I can't make a puffy quilt. That is more like a comforter which is polyfill. My quilts are more suited to be bedspreads, or even a blanket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingSew View Post
    Here is a good example of a puff quilt:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwe28kZLv78
    An adorable video, the size of those shears!!!!
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    Thanks for all of your ideas! It is not the little puffy squares quilt that he wants. He is saying puffy as opposed to a quilt made with a cotton batting that is flat when quilted. I will not be sending it to a longarm quilter. I would like to make a pattern other than just squares...I would like one of the 3D type patterns but don't know if that would be lost in "puffiness"! : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishrose2 View Post
    I just layered Hobbs Tuscany poly (soft and thick) with a soft cotton and could still FMQ it. Very soft and quite thick.
    Do you mean that you used 2 different battings...a poly and a cotton? That might be the answer. Thanks!

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    This pattern isn't 3D, but it's one of my favorites for guys:
    https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/pat...ern-pdf/286448

    Close quilting will flatten even puffy battings. I think what your grandson wants is something soft, like a commercial comforter. To achieve that effect, you want to use a high-loft polyester batting and minimal quilting. In order for minimal quilting not to ball up and shred after several washings, it needs to be a high quality polyester batting. I'm not an expert on poly's, but Hobbs PolyDown is one of the softer, higher-loft polyester battings. Here is a link to it:
    http://www.hobbsbatting.com/products/poly-down/ . Website says you can quilt up to 4" apart.

    I would argue against layering with a cotton batting simply because the cotton will add a lot of weight and no loft. Layering with wool would be better because wool provides more loft than cotton and also weighs considerably less than cotton.

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    I think he wants a comforter not a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    This pattern isn't 3D, but it's one of my favorites for guys:
    https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/pat...ern-pdf/286448

    Close quilting will flatten even puffy battings. I think what your grandson wants is something soft, like a commercial comforter. To achieve that effect, you want to use a high-loft polyester batting and minimal quilting. In order for minimal quilting not to ball up and shred after several washings, it needs to be a high quality polyester batting. I'm not an expert on poly's, but Hobbs PolyDown is one of the softer, higher-loft polyester battings. Here is a link to it:
    http://www.hobbsbatting.com/products/poly-down/ . Website says you can quilt up to 4" apart.

    I would argue against layering with a cotton batting simply because the cotton will add a lot of weight and no loft. Layering with wool would be better because wool provides more loft than cotton and also weighs considerably less than cotton.
    Thank you Prism99. Nice pattern. Good point re layering. Also I found on the site you directed me to "Cloud-Loft'' Batting which is thicker and can be quilted 4"-6" apart. That should do it - now I just have to find out where I can buy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash View Post
    I think he wants a comforter not a quilt.
    I was thinking the same. You could get him a comforter and piece a duvet cover for it. I did that back in the day and it came out really nice. Very puffy and you can wash just the cover.
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    I think either a biscuit quilt or one with Hobbs poly down batting and tied would be very light and fluffy. Most of my children prefer poly down batting and really like tied quilts.
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