Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to share this comforting and unique Puzzle Quilt. Its softness, textures, and cushy thickness can help comfort those with Autism. The puzzle piece symbol in the quilt reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism, while the uniqueness of each piece in a puzzle also reflects the uniqueness and diversity of those affected by Autism.
Besides the bright colors and puzzle theme, with two layers of Cuddle fabric (quilt top and backing) and a layer of batting in between, this quilt is denser and heavier than most quilts this size. The extra pressure that a denser blanket provides can help calm some individuals with Autism.
Polly from Pieces by Polly designed this free quilt pattern for us using two Cuddle Cakes in Very Vibrant. This puzzle quilt is all just a bunch of squares, with the “knobbies”, as Polly calls them, appliqued on.
Pieces by Polly made this quilt as part of The Great Cuddle Cake Challenge we hosted with Fairfield.
This project took on special meaning for Polly when she made it as a grief quilt to comfort a friend’s child when her father passed away, but it can work equally well for an individual or family affected by Autism.
- 2 Packs of Very Vibrant Cuddle Cakes 10″ Squares
- Paper-backed fusible webbing
- 1 1/2 yards Dark Lime Cuddle 3®
- Printable Template for Puzzle Knobbies
- Batting at least 50×60″. Nature-Fil Batting is recommended
- Thread to match each color of fabric
- Walking foot for your machine (Super helpful but not 100% necessary.)
- Tear-away stabilizer for applique
Hugs with Cuddle,
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