Make the Bear's Paw Quilt BlockUse a 1/4" seam allowance throughout, 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.
Sew Four Paws Units
- Pair each larger black square with a neutral square of the same size. Use my easy sandwich method to make sixteen half-square triangle units from the eight pairs. Completed units for the 14" block should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"; units for the 35" block should measure 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".
- To make a Bear's Paw, refer to the illustration, upper left. Sew two half-square triangle units together as shown in the top row. Add a pink square to the left end of the unit. Press seam allowances towards the pink square.
- Sew two half-square triangle units together in a vertical row as shown to the left of the gray square. Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
- Sew the vertical half-square triangle row to the left of the square as shown. Press the seam allowance towards the square.
- Sew the top horizontal row to the top of the Step 4 unit. Press the seam allowance towards the square.
- Repeat to make a total of four paws.
Assemble the Bear's Paw Quilt Block
- Sew a pink bar between two paw units as shown above. Press seam allowances towards the paws. Repeat.
- Arrange two pink bars lengthwise with the remaining black square between them. Sew together. Press seam allowances towards the black square.
- Sew the pink/black bar unit between two double-paws units as shown, matching seams carefully. Press seam allowances towards the paws.
The small Bear's Paw quilt block should measure 14-1/2" square, the large block 35-1/2" square. If the quilt block is smaller, 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.