I did it. I tackled a ridiculously large bubble quilt for my brother. It ended up being 462 bubbles, roughly 7.5 feet by 8 feet and weighing 15 pounds. This blanket took me 60 hours to complete (I know, I have one lucky brother).
Why did I make this for my 20 year old brother you ask? Aren’t these blankets for babies? Well, they’re not just for babies, they are crazy comfortable and warm. My little brother lives in a shanty in the desert. He’s not homeless and into peyote, he goes to Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and they make them live in cool shacks that other students have built. Anyways, I thought he needed something warm and cozy to protect him from the desert nights and the scorpions that crawl into his shanty. Plus, he asked me to make him one. He has a beautiful blog here if you’re interested in architecture or beautiful photography.
Here are a couple of pictures of his shanty.
Any who, here are some tips for making your very own gigantic bubble blanket.
Make all your puff casing like usual, using the new and improved method. Lay out your design and then sew together small sections at a time. So you can see here that I have one section of 6×7 and one 8×7. It’s like making several smaller bubble blankets.
Make all of your smaller sections, I had nine. Don’t sew them together yet.
Now you’re going to want to cut all the slits in the back and stuff the inner bubbles. Leave a boarder of unstuffed puffs all the way around each section.
Sew up the ones you stuffed. Repeat on all your small sections.
Then start sewing the sections together. Each time you sew a section together, stuff and sew the puffs that won’t be along a sewing edge again. I sewed groups of three together so that I had three long strips. It’s a little hard to tell, but you can see that all of the inner puffs are stuffed and sewn except for the outer ring of squares.
Pin and sew the large strips together.
This picture gives a good view of how after I sewed the strips together there are two strips of unstuffed bubbles. At this point I would stuff and sew all of those.
Continue until the whole thing is finished. Look at all that handsewing!
I used the mitered edge method to finish this bubble quilt. You could also easily bind it like a regular quilt, but a ruffle would be pretty horrible to do!
You’re also going to want to tack the layers together so it’s not all floppy and weird. To do this, I double threaded a needle and handstitched a few stitches about every 3 square bubbles (shown in red dots here).