I wrote the original window cat quilt pattern some years ago and recently when I made the quilt again I decided that the pattern could be improved and simplified. So here it is! I like to think that the cat is looking out at the stars either to see the old year out or to see the new year in. Either way, he’s made entirely from squares and half square triangles and goes together quite quickly.
The quilt overall is 38″ wide and 45″ long. I used 1/2 yard each of white, black and blue, 1/2 yard of orange (that includes the binding) and 1/4 yard of yellow fabric. For the backing you will need 1.1/2 yards of fabric. The white window frame is 6″ (finished size) wide at the bottom and 3″ wide on the sides and top. The blue surround (the wallpaper) is 4″ wide all round.
Cutting requirements for the window cat quilt
2.7/8″ squares: three each in black and orange, twenty three each in black and yellow
2.1/2″ squares: two orange, seventy black
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: four orange, three black
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: one orange, one white
2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: five orange, two white
2.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ rectangles: two white
2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles: three orange, one white
In the blue fabric you’ll need 4.1/2″ strips of fabric: two 3.1/2″ long, one 6.1/2″ long, one 16.1/2″ long, one 30.1/2″ long and two 41.1/2″ long
For the sides and top of the white window frame you’ll need 3.1/2″ strips: one 24.1/2″ long, two 37.1/2″ long.
Making the star quilt blocks
Use the 2.7/8″ black and yellow squares to make half square triangle units. Place a black and a yellow square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Each star quilt block is a nine patch block made with five 2.1/2″ black squares and four half square triangle units. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make ten full stars and two part stars which contain the top two rows only.
Making the cat body
The body of the cat is best listed row by row.
Row 1: 4.1/2″ black with half square triangle on either side and a black square at each end.
Rows 2 and 3: 8.1/2″ orange with black square at each end.
Row 4: 4.1/2″ orange with half square triangle either side and a black square at each end.
Row 5: 4.1/2″ orange with 4.1/2″ black on either side.
Row 6: 4.1/2″ orange with half square triangle either side and a black square at each end.
Rows 7 and 8: 8.1/2″ orange with black square at each end.
Rows 9,10,11: 12.1/2″ orange strip only.
Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
That doesn’t quite complete the cat body, but this is the time to add the stars to complete the window area of the window cat quilt.
Sew two star blocks together and sew these to the top of the cat. For each side, sew together four stars with one part star at the bottom. Sew these strips to the sides of the quilt.
Add the frame for the window cat quilt
As the cat is sitting on the window ledge, I have placed his tail area on the white and blue areas at the bottom of the quilt.
For the first row of this area you’ll need an 8.1/2″ orange strip with an 8.1/2″ white strip on either side.
The second row is made with a 4.1/2″ orange strip in the middle and a 10.1/2″ white strip either side.
The third row is a 6.1/2″ white strip, 6.1/2″ orange strip and then a 12.1/2″ white strip.
The last part of the cat’s tail is now added to the blue (wall paper) area. For this you’ll need two orange squares with a 6.1/2″ blue rectangle on the left and a 16.1/2″ blue rectangle on the right. Sew the two organge squares together first and then add the blue strips on either side. Note that all the blue strips are 4.1/2″ wide.
Add a 24.1/2″ white strip to the top of the quilt. Sew a 3.1/2″ blue rectangle to one end of each of the 37.1/2″ white strips. Sew one of these to each side of the quilt.
Finally sew the 30.1/2″ blue strip across the top of the quilt. Sew a 41.1/2″ blue strip to either side of the quilt. that completes the window cat quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
I’ve always loved this pattern and I hope that those of you who saw the old version of the window cat quilt will agree that it’s a bit more clear and logical now that I’ve reworked it. You can see how I machine quilted this quilt here.
Here’s the video:
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