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Introduction to the Bear's Paw Quilt Block Pattern
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Two Ways to Organize Fabrics in a Bear's Paw Quilt Block

© Janet Wickell

Bear's Paw Quilt Block Pattern

The traditional Bear's Paw quilt block is a pattern we see arranged in many ways, and sometimes the variations are given different names. You'll find quilts with blocks sewn on point or sewn side by side. Alternate blocks are often placed between Bear's Claw quilt blocks, no matter how they are arranged. Sewing pieced or plain sashing between the quilt blocks for another popular Bear's Paw setting method.

Bear's Paw Quilt Layout Examples

For a few ideas, take a look at a the layout options on pages 3 and 4:

Bear's Paw Quilt Block Fabrics & Color Values

The illustration above shows you just two of the potential choices for layout. The corners of the quilt block on the left are from the same fabric used in long bars that separate the paws (cutting instructions match this arrangement). The other Bear's Paw block has neutral background squares at its corners.

Finished Block Size: 14" square

I've included a cutting chart for a 35" Bear's Paw block at the end of this page for those of you who have asked for "big block" patterns.

Cutting Chart for One Bear's Paw Quilt Block

Black

  • eight 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for claws
  • one 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square for center

Pink Print

  • four 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" bars for paw dividers
  • four 2-1/2" squares

Black/White Print

  • four 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

White or Neutral

  • eight 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for claws

Make a 35-inch Square Bear's Paw Wallhanging

Black

  • eight 5-7/8" x 5-7/8" squares for "claws"
  • one 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" square for center

Pink Print

  • four 5-1/2" x 15-1/2" bars for paw dividers
  • four 5-1/2" squares

Black/White Print

  • four 10-1/2" x 10-1/2" squares

White or Neutral

  • eight 5-7/8" x 5-7/8" squares for "claws"

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