Cats Cradle Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt.


I found this pattern on McCall’s Quilting web site.  It is a free pattern that you can copy.

The pattern is for a 12 1/2 inches block.  They offer it in the traditional layout in a quilt.  I chose to do an all blue block because blue and white quilts were often made because indigo was die that didn’t fade that easy.  Many everyday dresses where made from indigo prints.

I cut my half square triangles according to the pattern from assorted scraps.  I would be making 4 1/2 inches square unites for this block.  The half squares went together the same way as birds in the are.  In fact these little units was easier because you sewed less 2 1/2 inches squares together.


You can see in the above picture how you press the seams.


Sew the smaller half squares to the larger half square.


You will get a 4 1/2 inches square unit.


Square up paying attentions to the quarter inch seam allowance so you don’t sew your points off.


The lay out of the block is based on a nine square block.  You do not have many intersections to line up.  This is a great block for a scrappy quilt.  I didn’t find any history on this block.  But the string game was played by children that was brought from England as they settled here.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. quirkyhannah says:

    That’s a gorgeous looking block- think I might have to add it to my list 🙂


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      After I cut it out, It went together really fast. Usually the first block that you try in a pattern takes a while. This one didn’t. It would make a nice block for a quilt.

      Thanks for your comment.


  2. KerryCan says:

    I like this design and the colors of the fabrics–so soothing!


  3. trkingmomoe says:

    Blues are nice. McCall’s has theirs done in red. It is really stunning in a two color quilt.

    Thanks for stopping in.


  4. I’m in awe of people like you who can quilt and match all those finicky corners!! This looks tricky but so beautiful!


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It just takes a little practice and not be in a hurry. I rushed through this block because I needed the pictures for another blog that had a dead line.

      Thank you for stopping in.


  5. Sheryl says:

    I love the pattern. It’s so simple, yet creates such an interesting design.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      McCall’s shows the whole quilt in red and white. I think it would make a great scrappy quilt with plenty of different fabrics. One of the things that happens when you sew all the time is you don’t like to throw away the scraps. Fabric is getting very expensive and it can cost upward of $200 dollars just for the fabric for a bed size quilt. I have been enjoying going through my scraps and making this. \

      I enjoy going through your daily diary posts. You have picked some interesting fun stuff to add to it. Thanks for stopping in.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks. I liked it too. I am not even sure if it is 19th century but the name of it fits the theme and it works well with the other blocks. It is probably a depression pattern.


  6. Love your blue block. Someday I’m going to make a blue & white quilt. I look forward to see what you piece next!


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Blue and white is always a favorite color for a quilt. I am working on a mariner’s compass right now.

      Thank you and stop in again.


  7. Kev says:

    I like the name, Cat’s Cradle…, but, where’s the kitty? 😀


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It was a 19th century string game played by children. It is still played today. You take a string and tie it together at the ends to make a circle. It is then strung between the fingers of 2 hands. When you are done it’s pattern looks very much like that quilt block.

      Thanks for your comment.


      1. Kev says:

        I was playing with you. 😉 However it’s always good to learn something new. I can see the relationship now. Thanks for that! 🙂


  8. heartsdesireretreats says:

    I’m so impressed with the precision blocks you do and the paper piecing. Maybe when I retire…


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You don’t have to wait for retirement. A sampler quilt can be made over a period of time. Just work on one block at a time when ever you have a little time. You just need a couple of fat quarters of fabric or scraps. It is a good way to learn to piece a quilt.



  9. LifeAmazing says:

    I just love crafting. Quilts, crocheting, sewing, drawing. Your cats cradle block quilt is just up my street.

    Liked by 1 person

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