12" Patchwork Cat Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    About the Cat Quilt Block Pattern

    Cat Quilt Block Pattern
    Make an Easy Cat Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    This easy cat quilt block pattern displays the silhouette of a kitty within a frame.

    I've made many of these easy cat blocks over the past few decades, often paper piecing the blocks if they were tiny.

    It's simple to make your cat quilt unique:

    • Sew the cats in small-print cat fabrics or tone-on-tone fabrics.
    • Add beads or lace to create a collar at the cat's neck.
    • Dress the cat up for a Christmas quilt by putting a bow or bells around its neck.
    • Embroider or applique eyes and whiskers on your cat.

    Stitch multiple cat blocks to assemble an entire quilt, making all of your cats identical or giving each a unique personality. Try using at least a couple of frame fabrics for more variety.

    Finished Cat Quilt Block: 12-inches Square

    Cutting Chart for One Cat Quilt Block

    Quarter yard cuts will work just fine for you cat bodies as long as they are at least 8-1/2" long after prewashing the fabrics. Scraps of fabric, fat quarters, and fat eighths are other options.

    Fabric for Cat Body

    • One 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle
    • One 3" x 4-1/2" bar
    • Two 2" x 2" squares

    Fabric for Background

    • Two 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" bars for frame (can be a different fabric from cat background as shown)
    • Two 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" bars for frame (can be a different fabric)
    • One 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square
    • One 2" x 4-1/2" bar
    • One 2" x 2" square
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  • 02 of 04

    Quick Piece the Patchwork Cat's Ears and Body

    Patchwork Cat Quilt Block Pattern
    Use a quick piecing technique to assemble the cat block's patchwork ears and body. © Janet Wickell

    Sew the cat's ears and body patchwork together with the same quick piecing technique we use to assemble Snowball quilt blocks. If the technique is new to you, read the easy Snowball block method before you begin.

    1. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each of your 2" body and background squares.
    2. Align a 2" x 2" body square with the end of the 2" x 4-1/2" background bar as shown, right sides together. Sew a seam on the marked diagonal line. Repeat on the opposite end of the background bar.
    3. Trim off the excess fabric that extends between the seam and outer corner of each square, leaving about 1/4" past the seam. Press to set the seam.
    4. Flip the body triangle right side up and press carefully. Repeat on the opposite side.
    5. Use the same method to sew a 2" x 2" background square to the 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle, taking care to position the square as shown in the illustration. Trim, set the seam, flip triangle up, and press.
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  • 03 of 04

    Assemble the Easy Patchwork Cat Quilt Block

    Patchwork Cat Quilt Block Pattern
    Assemble the cat quilt block. © Janet Wickell

    Use a 1/4" seam allowance to assemble the cat quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching raw edges carefully. Use straight pins to hold fabrics together if it helps you keep patches aligned.

    Refer to the illustration above as you assemble the cat quilt block. The frames shown are sewn with the same fabric used for the background behind the cat. Yours may differ.

    1. Make the cat's head by sewing the cat ears unit to the longest edge of the 3" x 4-1/2" face unit as shown. Press the seam allowance towards the face.
    2. Sew the 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" background square to the right side of the cat's head. Press the seam allowance towards the background.
    3. Sew a 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" bar to each side of the unit you made in step 2. Press the seam allowances towards the background bars.
    4. Sew a 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" background bar to the top and bottom of your cat quilt block. Press the seam allowances towards the background bars.

    That's it! Your cat quilt block is finished and should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". If your quilt block is smaller than it should be, or skewed, press again and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.

    Make additional cat quilt blocks and sew them together side by side into rows. If you like, add plain or pieced sashing strips between the quilt blocks.

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  • 04 of 04

    How to Make Mirror Image Cat Quilt Blocks

    Patchwork Cat Quilt Block Pattern
    Make a mirror image of the cat quilt block -- with cats oriented the opposite way -- by reversing the position of a few patches. © Janet Wickell

    Make Cat Quilt Blocks that are Blocks Mirror Images of Each Other

    It's easy to make mirror image cat quilt blocks. Simply sew the 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" background square to the opposite side of the head unit, and the 2" x 2" background square to the opposite side of the cat's body.