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Calico Cat

A very good internet friend asked me to do a simple cat block...well, I tried. I'm sure my block looks like some block in a book somewhere, so I'll apologize to the author of that block now...I used no books...just my imagination. We will be making this one 10" finished.

You will need 2 fabrics to make this block: a fun calico print (dig in your stash folks!) and a White-on-White for the background.

Posted: April 1999

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. Calico: cut 4 1-1/2" squares; cut 1 1-1/2"x9-1/2" rectangle; cut 1 6-1/2"x5-1/2" rectangle; cut 1 3-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle
  2. WOW: cut 1 1-1/2"x10-1/2" rectangle; cut 2 1-1/2"x9-1/2" rectangle; cut 2 1-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle; cut 6 1-1/2" squares; cut 1 3-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 2 1-1/2" squares of WOW; attach to 1-1/2"x9-1/2" rectangle of calico as shown; cut 1/4" toward corner; press seam toward corner.

  2. Attach 1-1/2"x9-1/2" rectangle of WOW to unit from step#1 as shown; press seam toward WOW.

  3. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 2 1-1/2" squares of calico; attach to 1-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle of WOW as shown; cut 1/4" toward corner; press seam toward corner.

  4. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 1 1-1/2" square of calico; attach to 1-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle of WOW as shown; cut 1/4" toward corner; press seam toward corner.

  5. Attach last 1-1/2" square of calico to unit from step#4; press seam toward calico square.

  6. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 2 1-1/2" squares of WOW; attach to 6-1/2"x5-1/2" rectangle of calico as shown; cut 1/4" toward corner; press seam toward corner.

  7. Attach unit from step#5 to unit from step#6; press seam toward unit from step#6.

  8. Mark diagonal on wrong side of 2 1-1/2" squares of WOW; attach to 3-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle of calico as shown; cut 1/4" toward corner; press seam toward corner.

  9. Attach unit from step#3 to unit from step#8; press seam toward unit from step#8.
  10. Attach 3-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangle of WOW to left side of unit from step#9; press seam toward WOW.
  11. Attach unit from step#10 to top of unit from step#7; press toward either unit.
  12. Attach unit from step#2 to left side of unit from step#11; press toward either unit.
  13. Attach 1-1/2"x9-1/2" rectangle of WOW to right side of unit from step#12; press toward WOW.
  14. Attach 1-1/2"x10-1/2" rectangle of WOW to top of unit from step#13; press toward WOW.
  15. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 10-1/2". 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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