Biscuit Quilted Christmas Wall Hanging

Biscuit Quilted Wall Hanging

Makin’ New Friends Charm Pack
Small bag of toy filling
3″ squares of lightweight backing fabric (42 required)
4 lengths of 21.1/2″ by 2″ green fabric for border
21.1/2″ square of green fabric for wall hanging backing
2 strips of 2.1/2″ white fabric for binding
Embroidery thread for tying wall hanging

Gold embroidery thread or similar for embellishments on border

Hi, I am Rose from Ludlow Quilt and Sew and I am thrilled to be adding a biscuit recipe to the Moda Bakeshop.

 Biscuit quilts are also known as puff quilts and they make delightful, unusual quilts.  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.  Given all the cookery references, I was tempted to try and use a layer cake but that would have given me far more fabric than I needed.

For the backing for the biscuits, I used 3″ squares, about 1″ smaller all round than the 5″ charm pack squares.  If you wanted flatter biscuits, you could use slightly larger squares of backing fabric.
Pin two corners of the backing square to the corners of the charm pack square.  As the charm pack square is larger than the backing square, there is a loop of charm pack fabric between the two pins.

Holding the two corners, smooth the fabric from each side towards the middle and then squash the loop of charm pack fabric flat to make a pleat.  Pin in place and repeat with a further two sides so that three sides are pinned and one side is open.

This is what it looks like on the back.

I think the video will make this much more clear:

Continue sewing the charm pack squares to the backing squares on three sides until you have used all 42 squares.

Take a small wadge of filling and push it into the fabric shape.  The smount 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 all the biscuits.  I used two wadges similar to the one shown in the right hand photo but with hindsight I would have used only one wadge that size to make it easier 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 42 squares, I have sewn them together with seven biscuits to a row and six 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.

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 (7biscuit) edges of the biscuit quilt and the remaining two lengths to the shorter (6 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 hand stitching as there are only two layers of fabric so your stitches may show through if you’re not careful.

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.

Bind the edges as for any quilt.  I used white fabric to give a good contrast to the green border.

To embellish the border I made a dozen daisies using gold embroidery thread and sewed them round the biscuit quilt border.

The finished size is 21.1/2″ square.  I intend to use my puff quilt as a quilted wall hanging for Christmas, but it makes such a lovely, unusual quilt that it could be made for a pram or crib covering, or to go on top of a Christmas hamper for a Christmas gift.  It would also make a lovely and comfortable cushion cover.

Thanks for looking at my pattern.  If you like what you see do join me on Ludlow Quilt and Sew.
Best Wishes,
Rose Smith

French General Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Quilt

1 Jelly Roll – I Maison de Garance from the gorgeous French General range

1 yard Maison de Garance Clochette Oyster

4 yards Maison deGarance Florence Turkey Red (this includes the backing)

Hi, my name is Rose from {} and I am thrilled to be writing for the Moda Bake Shop!  I love the Moda jelly rolls because the edges of the strips are cut with whatever the mechanical equivalent of pinking shears is, so there’s no fraying and the strips are really easy to work with. For this jelly roll quilt, I have chosen the Path and Stiles quilt block, also known as Far West.  It is a variation on the Shoofly quilt block and I have made it in the lovely Maison de Garance range from Moda French General.

Step One – Using the jelly roll

Sort the strips from the jelly roll into light and dark strips.  Sew together light, dark and light in one strip, and dark, light dark in another strip.  You will need 12 light, dark light strips and 2 dark, light, dark strips.

Press all the strips with the seam allowance toward the dark strips.  Cut the dark, light, dark strips at 2.5″ intervals.
Cut the light, dark, light strips into both 6.5″ and 2.5″ pieces.  You will need 48 of the 6.5″ pieces and 12 of the 2.5″ pieces.  Sett the remaining jelly roll strips aside to be used in the quilt border.
The 6.5″ squares will be one part of the Path and Stile quilt block.  Sew one of the dark, light, dark 2.5″ strips either side of a light, dark, light 2.5″ strip to make a nine patch quilt square as shown.  You will need 12 of the nine patch squares (on the left) and 48 of the right hand squares.
Step Two – Making the corners of the quilt block
From the 1 yard lengths of red and white fabrics, cut four strips 6 7/8″ wide across the width of the fabric.  Cut these across the width to make 6 7/8″ squares.  You will need 24 of these squares in both red and white.
Place a red and a white 6 7/8″ square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ on both sides of the line.
Cut along the marked line.  This will give you two squares (each made up of a red and a white half square triangle).
Press the squares and trim the corners of the triangles.  Lay the quilt block pieces out as shown:  nine patch square in the center, strip squares against each side of the nine patch square and half square triangle squares in each corner.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to make an 18″ quilt block.  Repeat to make 12 quilt blocks altogether.
Sew these jelly roll quilt blocks together in rows of three and then sew the four rows together for the quilt top.
Step Three – Making the Quilt Binding
I try to avoid having fabric leftover to add to my stash (which is far too large as it is!) so I always try to use up as much as possible in the quilt border.  For this jelly roll quilt, I gathered together all the remaining jelly roll strips, sewed them together in twos or threes and cut them into 2.5″ strips.
Sew these together into two lengths of 27 squares and two lengths of 38 squares.  Sew the two 27 square strips along the short edges of the quilt and then the two 38 square strips along the long edges of the quilt.
Step Four – Finishing the Quilt
The quilt top is now complete and ready to be layered, quilted and bound.  I used seven 2.5″ strips from the remaining red and white fabric for the quilt binding.  I alternated them so that the binding was part red and part white.  I had ended up with a quilt that I was really pleased with and I had only added half a dozen 2.5″ squares to my fabric stash.  I hope that you like the quilt as much as I do.
The finished size of the quilt top is 54.5″ by 72.5″, giving a 54″ by 72″ quilt which would be ideal for a single bed with some overhang or to sit on a double bed without much overhang – or just to curl up in and enjoy!
Rose Smith