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bear paw quilt

Bear Paw / Bear Claw


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14.5" Bear Paw Block


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Bear Paw Quilt Block


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bear paw quilt pattern

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Page 1: Assemble Quilt Blocks  Go to Page 2 for fabric requirements

Use 1/4" seam allowances

NOTE: Each finished block will measure 14.5" x 14.5"

Supplies


Go to page 2 for cutting and fabric information for quilts.

Background fabric and claw fabric. I used two different fabrics for my claw - one for the points and one for the center square.

Thread (to match background)

Sewing Supplies: scissors, quilting pins, large sewing ruler, fabric marking pencils, seam ripper

hint: quilting pins are easier to use than regular pins; a tupperware box works well as a supply box.

Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.

Safety Reminders For Little Helpers

A. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
B. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
C. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
D. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.

Now you are ready to start!


Cutting Instructions


Block Pieces

NOTE: These cutting instructions are for one block. Go to page 2 for cutting and fabric information for quilts.

First, cut out your block fabric pieces as described below.

Bear Claw Points:

Cut 8 squares of dark 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 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).

Corner Squares and Center Square
Cut 4 squares of light fabric (background fabric), each measuring 2.5" x 2.5"
Cut 1 square of dark fabric, measuring 2.5" x 2.5"

Long Strips Between Each Paw
Cut 4 strips of light fabric (background fabric), each measuring 6.5" x 2.5"

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

Assemble Bear Paw Quilt Block


1. Sew triangles of dark fabric to triangles of light fabric as shown below. Square down to 2.5" (this means that you use a quilter's square to cut the finished square to 2.5" x 2.5").
2. Assemble pieces as shown below.

Bear Claw Pieces Assembly

3. Sew the assembled pieces together as shown below.
Bear Claw Pieces Assembly
4. Assemble into large finished block as shown below. Your finished block should measure 14.5" x 14.5"
Bear Claw Pieces Assembly


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.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

Go to page 2 for fabric requirements.

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

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