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Bear Paw / Bear Claw

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bear paw quilt pattern

page 1: 14.5" Bear Paw Block

Instructions By: Christina Sherrod

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Bear Paw Quilt Block

The bear paw (also called bear claw) is an old favorite among quilters. By changing the fabric print and color combinations a quilt can be made to look very old, modern, pastel or bright and bold.

Familiarize yourself with sewing "points" before making this block (two triangles stitched together create the points). It is not difficult to create this block once you learn how to make "perfect points". Notice that the sharp ends of the points come to the edges of the finished block (when the blocks are sewn to connecting fabric pieces). Go to our free quilt lessons and square down lesson for further instruction.

Bear Paw Block Size

The block will measure 14.5" x 14.5" when finished. When stitched to other fabric pieces, the block will measure 14" x 14".

Supplies - for one block (see page 2 for queen quilt)

bear paw quilt block fabric Fabric - I will refer to fabric I used

When all pieces are cut, they will be laid out like the following photo. You will have four paws. They are all created the same, but rotated as shown in the photo at the top of the page.

Claws / Center Square(floral): Eight 3.5" squares plus 1 2.5" square. Quilt fabric comes about 42" wide, so you can cut all of these across the width of the fabric. You will only need 1/8 yard (1/8 yard is 4.5" so this allows for some shrinkage). One fat quarter would also work.

Paws(turqoise): Four 4.5" squares. One fat quarter would work, or 1/3 yard (this allows for a bit of shrinkage).

Background(gray): Four 6.5" x 2.5" strips, four 2.5" squares, and eight 3.5" squares. One fat quarter would work, or 1/3 yard (this allows for a bit of shrinkage).

Other
thread to match background of fabric
large sewing ruler (optional but nice to have)
scissors or rotary cutter / cutting mat
pins
quilter's square (for squaring down)

Directions

bear paw claws 1. Create Bear Claw Points

Cut 8 squares of dark fabric (I used floral), each measuring 3.5" x 3.5"; cut each square on the diagonal to create triangles. NOTE: cut half of squares on the diagonal from upper left corner to lower right corner and half of the squares from the lower left corner to the upper right corner (if your fabric is multi directional this is not important - cut all on the diagonal either way).

Cut 8 squares of light fabric (background fabric), each measuring 3.5" x 3.5"; cut each square into triangles. NOTE: cut half of squares on the diagonal from upper left corner to lower right corner and half of the squares from the lower left corner to the upper right corner (if your fabric is multi directional this is not important - cut all on the diagonal either way).

Stitch the triangle sets together to create eight squares.

Square down each stitched square to a 2.5" square. You will have sixteen 2.5" squares, divided on the diagonal.

square down bear paw claws   square down bear paw claws

bear paw claws 2. Cut Corner Squares & Center Squares

Cut 4 squares of light fabric (background fabric), each measuring 2.5" x 2.5"

Cut 1 square of dark fabric (floral), measuring 2.5" x 2.5"

3. Cut Long Strips Between Each Paw

Cut 4 strips of light fabric (background fabric), each measuring 6.5" x 2.5"

4. Cut Center Squares for Paws

Cut 4 square of dark fabric (same or different fabric from points - I used different), each measuring 4.5" x 4.5"

5. Assemble Quilt Block

Assemble pieces as shown below.

Bear Claw Pieces Assembly

Bear Claw Pieces Assembly

Assemble into large finished block as shown below. Your finished block should measure 14.5" x 14.5"

Bear Claw Pieces Assembly

PRESSING WITH IRON

I cannot stress enough the importance of pressing between every step. Use a steam iron if possible. The back of your piece should be as neat and tidy as the front of the piece. This way, there will not be bunching and added thickness when stitching all pieces together. Normally seams are pressed toward the darker fabric. I pressed all of my pieces so that the overall piece lay as flat as possible.

The following images show the front and back of my piece.

Bear Claw quilt pattern

Bear Claw quilt pattern

bear paw quilt Different fabric colors and prints can dramatically change the tone and feeling of a quilt.

bear paw quilt pattern I made this quilt several years ago for a guest room. The block at the top of this page was made for a pillow for my newly redecorated guest room.

Quantity Of Blocks Needed For Quilts

Assumes you have borders and lattice:

Lap Size Quilt:
3 blocks x 4 blocks (i.e. make 12 blocks)

Queen Size Quilt:
4 blocks x 5 blocks (i.e. make 20 blocks)

King Size Quilt:
6 blocks x 6 blocks (i.e. make 36 blocks)

For quilts, the blocks are usually separated by strips of fabric in a pattern of your choice (you choose whether you will use sashing, what the width of the sashing will be, whether the sashing will be pieced into designs etc.). These strips are called sashing or lattice. Refer to the above photo of a finished quilt.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR QUEEN QUILT

Go to page 2 for fabric requirements for a queen size quilt.

Go to: Free Quilt Lessons  for more information on creating lattice and borders.

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