Block o’ Cats

I’m in a quilting bee with a delightful group of gals where we make either an entire 12″ x 60″ row or a large 24″ x 24″ block every two months.  Adrianne asked for cat blocks for her month and I found this image on Pinterest that I wanted to try to recreate:

Cat Quilt Block by Better Off Thread

Pinterest is great for inspiration, but this photo didn’t have a source.  It looks like someone took a photo of maybe an older quilt book (If anyone knows where this quilt is from, I would love to know).

I went back and forth about how best to construct the block and I came up with this sample:

Cat Quilt Block by Better Off Thread

Don’t look to close, though.  I was in such a hurry that the seams aren’t perfect!

There are partial seams, but it actually goes together pretty easily.  The hardest part is figuring out what fabric to place where.

I then pulled a selection of fabrics in Adrianne’s color scheme and here is the block.

Cat Quilt Block by Better Off Thread

It measures about 24″ x 24″ and I decided to remove the bodiless legs from around the perimeter of the block.  I think I need to shorten the cats legs about a 1/2″ the next time I make this block.  It would be the perfect size for a floor pillow and I’s like to make Emmeline one using cat fabric (in all my free time).

If enough people are interested, I’ll post a free tutorial!

Have a great Monday!

45 thoughts on “Block o’ Cats

  1. Great idea…darling for a child’s quilt. I think removing the bodiless legs is a great idea…perhaps in the space left over…could embroider “cat” or “kitty” in various languages

    I’d appreciate you going to the trouble to make a tutorial for the blocks! 😉

  2. I saw this quilt in one of my “French” books. But it is a translation of an English or American) book. I will try to find its references and will give them to you as soon as I find the book in my great library. Best. Annette

  3. I’d love the tutorial if you post it, my DGD loves kitties. I love yours and would be interested in how to shorten the legs a bit.

  4. Oh, I hope you will post a tutorial on the cats quilt!! It’s exactly what I’d love to make for a friend who is a fellow cat lover!! And my little granddaughter too~!!

  5. She did do a tutorial, Ladies… look at the response to my comment, #28. There’s a link to the tututorial. 🙂

  6. The original pattern for this quilt is from a book titled The Complete Book of Quilting by Gianna Valli Berti, first published in 1998 in Italy and translated to English in 2004. This is about the time I bought it. Looks like it’s not currently in print but can be purchased online through various sources. It’s filled with quaint projects like this one, and some of them look like they date back to the 80’s.

  7. ohhhh this is sooo great i have been looking everywhere for a cat block…..i saw a puppy one and loved it and then wanted to do cats……my kitty pussems lays next to my machine when i sew and she was not happy with me when i made a dog. I would just love it if you told me how you did this!!
    ——-<@

  8. In the early to mid 70’s, there was a fabric printed with this same cat design. All of the cats were in blue, and the background was off white, like unbleached muslin. I had a dress made out of it. I have no idea who the manufacturer was, but I may have a picture of the dress somewhere.

    1. In the early to mid 70’s, there was a fabric printed with this same cat design. (That would match up with the age of the fabric on the original cat quilt) I think that the cats were in blue, and the background was off white, like unbleached muslin. My mom made me a dress with it. I have no idea who the manufacturer was, but I may have a picture of the dress somewhere.

  9. The pattern was printed in Quilters Newsletter Magazine July-August 1991. The article notes it was adapted from an interlocking pattern design on an old piece of fabric – which matches the comments earlier. Pattern is templates. I remember trying to piece this and the block did not fit together, but I kept the article in my cat pattern collection anyway!

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