Cats Cradle Quilt Block

Cats cradle quilt block

Cats cradle quilt block

The cats cradle quilt block goes by many names:  dove at the window, flying birds, Harrison, Harrison Rose, Harrison quilt, hour glass and wandering lover are the ones that I know of.  I can remember playing cats cradle with string draped over my fingers when I was at school, but I don’t think that I ever showed my children how to play it.  Maybe I’ll remember to show my grandchildren (when I have some!).

I have made it here as a 12″ block using just two colours.




Cutting requirements for the cats cradle quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  two cream, one blue

2.1/2″ squares: six cream

2.7/8″ squares:  nine cream, nine blue

Making the half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares.  Place a blue and a cream square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.  These are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Make the cats cradle quilt block

Cats cradle quilt block layout

Cats cradle quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork squares in six rows of six.  That’s counting each large square as equivalent to four small squares.

The 4.1/2″ squares form one diagonal with the blue in the middle and the cream in both corners.  Above that diagonal there are nine half square triangles and two 2.1/2″ cream squares.  Place all the half square triangles so that the white triangle is on the top.

Below the diagonal there are the same nine half square triangles and three small cream squares but this time the half square triangles are placed with the blue triangle on top.

Sew the squares together across each row

Sew the squares together across each row

Make three rows

Make three rows

Join the small squares together across each row.  Sew these rows together in pairs and that will make them the same height as the larger squares so that the squares can be sewn together across each row to make three rows.

Sew the three rows to each other to complete the cats cradle quilt block.

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Rose

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