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The Bear Claw Quilt Block

 

 

a grouping of bear claw quilt blocks

 

 

The Bear Claw or Bear Paw quilt block is most often done in Autumn colors.  It is another favorite block for quilters.  In the above picture the 4 bear claw units are put next to each other.  To give the blocks more separation, you could sew sashing strips between them.

 

This is an easy block.  It is nothing but squares and half square triangles. 

 

the grids of the bear claw quilt block

 

As you can see from the picture at the left, the core of the Bear Claw quilt block is a 9-patch. 

 

To make this block you start by determining the size of your patches.  Let's make them finish at 2 inches.  Make your half square triangles to finish at 2 inches, and cut your small corner square 2 inches square.  Cut the large square 4 1/2 inches.

 

Sew the half square triangles together in pairs, per the picture, and then attach one set of them to the large block.  Sew the small square to the end of the other unit of half square triangles, again per the picture,  and then attach it to the large block.

 

When I made the bear claw quilt below, I chose to make the center square a half square triangle, and I did not use sashing. I also put a little more personality in the quilt by using a plaid in the half square triangle.

 

 

picture of a bear claw quilt without sashing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Claw Quilt Block

Quilt Sizes

 

Miniature      <36"
   
Wall Hanging any size
   
Baby

36x36 up to 52x52

   
Lap

52-68 x 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

 

Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 

4-Patch

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

 

Crib 168
 
Twin 529
 
Double 624
 
Queen 728

 

 

 HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR QUILT 

 
Backing
 
Batting
 
Binding
 
Borders and Sashing
 
Pinning the Layers
 
Quilting Your Project

 

 

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