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Frugal Quilting Basics



Basic Building Blocks


a basic 4 patch quilt block


Squares and Rectangles

Squares and Rectangles
The Simple 4-Patch
Squares in the Corners

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Cutting a Single Triangle
Half Square Triangles
Quarter Square Triangles
Split Quarter Square Triangles

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the snowball quilting block


Beginning Blocks

The Pinwheel
Flying Geese

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goose in the pond quilt block



Friendship Star
Sawtooth Star
Ohio Star

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the goose chase quilt block


Quilting Favorites

Churn Dash
Flower Basket
Log Cabin
Maple Leaf

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Novelty Blocks

Jars - Food, Bugs, etc.

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The Black Cat Quilting Block

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This Black Cat Block is a great block to make for a Halloween quilt, an I-Spy Quilt or an ABC ("C" is for cat) Quilt. Obviously it can be made in other colors than black, but to distinguish it from other cat blocks that will be put up on this site, I am calling it the Black Cat Quilt Block.

picture of the grids of the black cat quilting blockThis block has 8 grids (or squares) across, and 8 squares down. 

You can make this block any size you want by adjusting the size of the squares or grids.  I made this block with 1-inch finished squares.  The finished size of the block is 8 inches, and each grid is 4 inch finished.

The easiest way to make this block is row by row, starting with the second row, and omitting the long strips on the sides.  You can attach them at the end.

You can make a  flying geese unit for the ears, and use the snowball method for the  feet.  Make half square triangles for the bow. 

If you want to use a fusible grid,  make the half square triangles separately.

Once you have two rows done, take them to the ironing board.  Place them so the back is facing up.  You have to determine as you add each row which way to press the seams.  Press them so that either they are going in opposite directions (nesting), or the way they want to go.

Just continue adding rows. Then attach the long strips for the sides and top.

When you are done with your block you can add eyes (buttons or French knots, depending on the size of your cat), whiskers, etc.  However, if you are going to give your quilt to someone with a toddler in the house, there could be a safety problem with things like buttons.  Wallhangings are more suitable for embellishments.

Have some fun with this one.







Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"

any size

Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68x 52-78
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108


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