Patchwork Cat Quilt Pattern

Patchwork cat quilt

Patchwork cat quilt

The patchwork cat quilt is a fun project that can be made larger or smaller as you choose.  It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to any face – young or old.  I have made it here with black and ginger cats, but I think that it would also work as a scrappy quilt with cats of many different colours.

Each cat quilt block is 9″ finished size and I have used twenty four of them, half facing to the right and half to the left.  The quilt measures 39″ by 56″ and I have used 1/2 yard of blue, 1.1/4 yards of white and 3/4 yard each of black and orange – it’s actually only very slightly over 1/2 yard of these two fabrics, but I’ve called it 3/4 yard to be safe.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the patchwork cat quilt

Blue fabric:  twenty four rectangles 1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, three strips 2.1/2

White fabric:  twenty four rectangles 5.1/2″ by 4.1/2″, twenty four strips 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, twenty four rectangles 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, twelve 5.7/8″ squares

Black fabric:  twelve strips 5.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, six 5.7/8″ squares, twelve rectangles 5.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, twelve rectangles 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, twenty four 1.1/2″ squares

Orange fabric:  twelve strips 5.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, six 5.7/8″ squares, twelve rectangles 5.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, twelve rectangles 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, twenty four 1.1/2″ squares

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making each patchwork cat quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 5.7/8″ squares.  Place a black or an orange square right sides together with a white square.  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 triangles which are now 5.1/2″ squares.

Make the tail section

Make the tail section

Using the 1.1/2″ strips of fabric, sew a 4.1/2″ white strip to either a black or an orange 5.1/2″ strip.  These will form the tail section of the patchwork cat.

Make the ear section

Make the ear section

For the ears of the cat, you’ll need the 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white rectangles together with pairs of 1.1/2″ squares in either black or orange.  Place a coloured square at each end of the white rectangle, lining up the edges.  Sew a seam from the top left corner following the diagonal of the square, and another seam from the top right corner following the diagonal of the other square.

Cut the excess fabric 1/4″ below the seam line as shown in the middle section of the photo.  Fold the remaining black triangles down over the seams and press in place.  You may find the video helpful for this stage to be sure that you sew and cut the correct lines.

Patchwork cat quilt block layout

Patchwork cat quilt block layout

Now the patchwork cat can be sewn together.  Working from left to right, you have the tail section first followed by a half square triangle with a 5.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ white rectangle above it.  The right hand column is made with an ear section at the top, a 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle for the cat’s face, a blue 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strip for the collar and finally a 5.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle for the front of the cat.

Sew the pieces together within each column and then sew the columns to each other to complete the patchwork cat quilt block.  Make six of these in black and six in orange.

Patchwork cat quilt block variations

Patchwork cat quilt block variations

In order to make the cats facing in the opposite direction, you can use exactly the same patchwork pieces, but just place them differently.  On the left hand side you’ll need a face and body section, with a tail section on the right.  In the middle you still have a half square triangle, but it is rotated so that the line of the cat’s back runs from top left to bottom right.

Make six of these blocks in black and six in orange.

In total, you should now have twenty four blocks:  six black and six orange with the tail on the left and six black and six orange with the tail on the right.

Arrange the cats in columns

Arrange the cats in columns

Assembling the patchwork cat quilt

Lay the cats out in four columns of six.  Column 1 is made with ginger cats, tails to the left.  Column 2 is made with black cats, tails to the right.  Column 3 is made with black cats, tails to the left and column 4 is made with ginger cats, tails to the right.

I have used strips of blue fabric between each pair of columns, so the layout begins with a blue strip on the left, then two columns of cats.  In the middle I have put another blue strip followed by the remaining two columns of cats and finishing with a blue strip.

Sew blue strips to top and bottom

Sew blue strips to top and bottom

Sew the blocks together down each column and then sew the columns to each other.  Finally add a blue strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt top.

That completes the patchwork 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.

Use the heads for the border

Use the heads for the border

I have made variations of this quilt many times and I thought that you might be interested in something that I have used in the border, although I didn’t use it for this particular quilt – I’ve made up heads of the cats and separated them with strips of white to make quite an interesting border.

Here’s the video:

Treadle sewing machine

Treadle sewing machine

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Window Cat Quilt Pattern

Window cat quilt

Window cat quilt

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

Make the star quilt blocks

Make 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

First 7 rows of the cat body

First 7 rows of 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 8 to 11

Rows 8 to 11

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.

Add the stars

Add the stars

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

Cat tail on the window ledge

Cat tail on the window ledge

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.

End of the cat's tail

End of the cat’s tail

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.

Sew blue to the bottom of the white strip

Sew blue to the bottom of the white strip

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.

Sew blue on three sides

Sew blue on three sides

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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I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Polar Bear Stacking Quilt

Polar bear stacking quilt

Polar bear stacking quilt

The Polar Bear Stacking quilt is a bit of a fun for the end of the year – it’s really a quilted wall hanging and you could make it with different appliqued animals for the central area.  The idea is that you have a pile of animals piled on top of each other.  The animals often decrease in size as they go up the stack.  Quilters more clever than I am can manage to change the expression on the animals so that they bottom one looks hard done by and the top one looks triumphant.  I’m afraid that I can’t manage that.

The wall hanging measures 22″ by 26″ and I have used 3/4 yard of black fabric with 1/2 yard of white.  Actually the colour is nearer indigo than black, but the main point is to have a strong contrast between the two colours.




Cutting requirements for the polar bear stacking quilt

White fabric:  one rectangle 8″ by 15″, four 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric

Black fabric:  four 4.1/2″ squares, one rectangle 12.1/2″ by 16.1/2″, seven 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric.

Cut the polar bear outlines

Cut the polar bear outlines

Making the polar bear stacking quilt

You can download the polar bear templates here: large polar bear, small polar bear.  Print them and cut the outlines of the bears.  Press a fusible interfacing to the back of the white fabric rectangle.  Draw the polar bears on to the right side of the fabric.  You could trace these, or just fill in the face and other lines by looking at the template.

Press the polar bears on to the black fabric

Press the polar bears on to the black fabric

Cut the polar bears out and place them on the black rectangle with the smaller one on top and a slight overlap so that the chin of the top bear rests on the back of the lower bear.  Press to fuse these in place.

Sew the bears in place with satin stitch

Sew the bears in place with satin stitch

Using a small satin stich (I used stitch width 2 on my machine), sew the outline of the bears, the markings for the backs and legs and the outline of the faces.  I chose to leave the details of the faces until last.

For the border of the polar bear stacking quilt I have used a piano keys border – quite striking but simple to make.

Sew together strips of black and white

Sew together strips of black and white

Sew together four 1.1/2″ strips of fabric – two black and two white alternating.  Press and then cut at 4.1/2″ intervals to make squares.

Add the piano keys border

Add the piano keys border

Sew together two pairs of these squares and sew them to the top and bottom of the wall hanging.

For the sides you will need a 4.1/2″ black square at either end of a strip of three of the piano keys squares.  Sew these together to make two columns and sew one to each side of the wall hanging.

Add the final border

Add the final border

For the final border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of black.  You’ll need two lengths of 20.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 26.1/2″ for the sides.

Use black shapes first

Use black shapes first

Applique the polar bear faces

For the faces of the polar bears, I used white and black fabric backed with fusible interfacing.

Cut two circles for the noses, four shapes that are roughly eye shaped and two roughly triangular shapes for the ears.

Add white shapes

Add white shapes

Now add smaller white shapes to the eyes and ears to complete the faces.  Press these in place.  They will need sewing in place at some stage (when time allows!).

That completes the polar bear stacking quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

It just remains to wish you and your family a wonderful and joyous Christmas.  I have closed the fabric shop temporarily but rest assured that it will be back soon after Christmas.

Craftsy