Cats and Mice Quilt Block Pattern

Cats and mice quilt block

Cats and mice quilt block

I have made the Cats and Mice quilt block absolutely enormous for two very good reasons.  The first reason is that I hope that it makes the instructions more clear and the second is that it can now be a central medallion for a quick Linus quilt.  I have made it as a 24″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the cats and mice quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight brown, sixteen white, eight cream

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in cream and white, four each in brown and white, further four squares in cream for the quarter square triangles

4.1/4″ squares:  two white, two brown




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Place the 3.7/8″ squares with right sides together in the pairings listed above.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.  Put these aside so that they don’t get mixed up with the quarter square triangle units.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

The quarter square triangle units

Make half square triangle units as above using the 4.1/4″ brown and white squares.  Place the resulting units right sides together with 3.7/8″ cream squares.  Mark a line along the diagonal that crosses the seam and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line to produce two quarter square triangle units.  Note that these are not the same as each other – the brown and white triangles are in different positions within each unit.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Central area

The central area of the block is a diamond in a square block.  I have chosen to make it with half square triangles this time, but of course you can make it using a different method if you choose.

There are four white squares in the middle and one in each corner.  On each edge of the central square place two cream/white half square triangle units.  Place them so that the cream triangles always form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle.

The next frame

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

For the next frame place a dark brown square in each corner, with two cream squares in the middle of each edge.  Now the quarter square triangles need some care!  I have placed the four in the top half of the block correctly.  I have placed the two in row five correctly.  However the two in the bottom row are not correct in the photo.  They should be swapped with each other.

Concentrate on the white square inside this frame:  it should be a plain square, but instead there are two white triangles added to the square at the bottom.  If the two quarter square triangles are swapped the white triangles will be on the outside, not the inside.

Add the outer frame

Add the outer frame

Add the final frame

Finally, add the outer frame.  There’s a brown square in each corner with a brown/white half square triangle on each side of the corners.  Place two cream/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge, with a white square on either side of these.

Check and double check the placement of your quarter square triangles – they are still wrong in this photo, but luckily I did notice and correct them while I was sewing everything together.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the cats and mice quilt block.

Medallion cats and mice quilt

Medallion cats and mice quilt

Cats and Mice Quilt designs

This is how I intend to use my cats and mice quilt block – with three borders to make a small 36″ square quilt.

Alternative design

Alternative design

This is how the block looks if you made it smaller and then used several in a quilt.  I’ve actually shown sixteen blocks here, which is perhaps a little optimistic!

Here’s the video:

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  1. There are so many wonderful names for quilts – this one is particularly cute – great design.

    See you next year!