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Bear Paw Block

This is one of my most favorite blocks...I am an avid Teddy Bear collector and this block just "talks" to me. I have seen it done many, many ways, but have always remembered one done in blue and white. That's why I chose this block in this combination of colors for this month. We will be making this one 14" finished.

You will need 6 fabrics to make this block in a scrappy combination: 4 different blue fabrics (can be prints or tone-on-tone, but keep any neutrals to white rather than off-white), a scrap of red for the center and a White-on-White for the background.

Posted: May 1999

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. Blues (each): cut 2 3" squares; cut 1 4-1/2" square
  2. Red: cut 1 2-1/2" square
  3. WOW: cut 8 3" squares; cut 4 2-1/2" squares; cut 4 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangles

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 3" squares of WOW; match right sides together with all the blue 3" squares; stitch 1/4" to either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal mark; press seams toward blues. Square up to 2-1/2".

  2. Attach 2-1/2" squares of WOW to 2 units from step#1 as shown below (of the same blue - creating 4 units); press seams in directions of arrows.

  3. Join 2 units from step#1 as shown below (of the same blue - creating 4 units); press seams in directions of arrows.

  4. Attach units from step#3 to 4-1/2" squares of same blue; press seam toward 4-1/2" squares.

  5. Attach units from step#2 to units of same blue from step#4; press in direction of arrow.

  6. Attach a paw unit to either side of 2 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangles of WOW; press seams toward WOW.

  7. Attach a 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangle to either side of 2-1/2" square of red; press seams toward WOW.

  8. Attach units from step#6 to either side of unit from step#7; press seams in directions of arrows.

  9. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 14-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.


This is what your block might look like.


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