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Cats Around the World Quilt

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Calling all cat lovers! This free quilt around the world pattern is for quilters who adore their furry friends so much they want to make a quilted tribute to them. The Cats Around the World Quilt is a free cat quilt pattern you won't want to miss if you're a cat lover. Several cat-themed fabric panels make this quilt an interesting variation on the simple trip around the world quilt.

Cats Around the World Quilt
Cats Around the World Quilt
This image courtesy of inthebeginningfabrics.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Quilt Size: 62.5 inches wide x 62.5 inches long

Time to complete: A month or more

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Note: This quilt pattern was designed using fabrics from the Catkin collection by Julie Paschkis for In The Beginning Fabrics. Fabrics are coded in materials list.

MATERIALS:

  • 2/3 yd. Large Catkin Panel (1JPB1) for quilt center
  • 2/3 yd. Small Catkin Panel (2JPB1)
  • 1-3/4 yds. Catkin Border Stripe (3JPB1) for border
  • (Yardage is generous to allow for selective cutting.)
  • 1-1/2 yds. Black Berry Vines (8JPB1) for blocks and binding
  • 1/2 yd. Red Berry Vines (8JPB2) for blocks
  • 1/2 yd. Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats (5JPB2) for blocks
  • 1/3 yd. Yellow Flowers/Birds (7JPB2) for blocks
  • 1/4 yd. Green/Blue Cat Medallions (6JPB3) for blocks
  • 1/3 yd. Turquoise Cat Faces (9JPB3) for blocks
  • 3/4 yd. Turquoise Dot Tonal (10JPB4) for spacing strips
  • 4-1/4 yds. for backing


INSTRUCTIONS:

Cats Around the World Quilt

Note: If you don’t prewash your fabric, the squares cut from the panel prints will look slightly different than those shown in the picture.

Cutting:

From Large Catkin Panel, selectively cut:

  • 1 piece, approximately 21" wide x 21¼" long, for quilt center (Cut this piece to get the portion of the design shown in the photograph, plus 1/4"seam allowance on each side. Note: Your cut piece, if you don’t preshrink your fabric, will be larger than the dimensions given.)

From Small Catkin Panel, selectively cut:

  • 4 squares, 10-1/2" x 10-1/2", for corners of quilt center

From Catkin Border Stripe, selectively cut:

  • 4 strips, approximately 9-5/8" x length of fabric, for border (Cut these strips to get the portion of the design shown in the photograph, plus 1/4" seam allowance on each long side. Note: Your cut borders, if you don’t preshrink your fabric, will be wider than 9-5/8". Strips are cut longer than necessary and will be trimmed to size later; the length of the strips should allow you to get a slightly different array of cats in each strip, if desired, during the final trim.)

From Black Berry Vines, cut:

  • 1 strip, 8-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks
  • 1 strip, 6-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks
  • 1 strip, 4-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks
  • 1 strip, 2-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks
  • 7 strips, 2-1/2" x 40", for double-fold binding
  • 4 rectangles, 2-1/2" x 10-1/2"

From Red Berry Vines, cut:

  • 5 strips, 2-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks

From Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats, cut:

  • 4 strips, 2-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks

From Yellow Flowers/Birds, cut:

  • 3 strips, 2-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks

From Green/Blue Cat Medallions, cut:

  • 2 strips, 20-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks

From Turquoise Cat Faces, cut:

  • 1 strip, 2-1/2" x 40", for strip-piecing blocks

From Turquoise Dot Tonal, cut:

  • 6 strips, 2" x 40", for border
  • 4 strips, 1-3/4" x 40", for framing center square


Block Assembly:

Note: All seams 1/4". Press seams in direction of arrows unless otherwise instructed. Refer to photograph for fabric placement.

  1. Measure length of Large Catkin Panel center square. Trim 2 of the Turquoise Dot Tonal 1-3/4" x 40" framing strips to this measurement, and sew to sides of center square. Press seams toward framing strips. (See illustration in Step 2.)
     
  2. Measure width of center square, including strips just added. Trim remaining 2 Turquoise Dot Tonal 1-3/4" x 40" framing strips to this measurement and sew to top and bottom of center square. Press seams toward framing strips.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  3. Trim the center square with framing strips so that it measures 22-1/2" square.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  4. Using 1 Turquoise Cat Faces 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Green/ Blue Cat Medallions 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Yellow Flowers/ Birds 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats 2-1/2" x 40" strip, and 1 Red Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, assemble a strip unit as shown. From the strip unit, cut a total of 12 segments, each 2-1/2" wide.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  5. Using 1 Green/Blue Cat Medallions 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Yellow Flowers/Birds 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Red Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, and 1 Black Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, assemble a strip unit as shown. From the strip unit, cut a total of 12 segments, each 2-1/2" wide.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  6. Using 1 Yellow Flowers/Birds 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Red Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, and 1 Black Berry Vines 4-1/2" x 40" strip, assemble a strip unit as shown. From the strip unit, cut a total of 12 segments, each 2-1/2" wide.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  7. Using 1 Yellow/Orange Tonal Cats 2-1/2" x 40" strip, 1 Red Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, and 1 Black Berry Vines 6-1/2" x 40" strip, assemble a strip unit as shown. From the strip unit, cut a total of 12 segments, each 2-1/2" wide.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  8. Using 1 Red Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 40" strip, and 1 Black Berry Vines 8-1/2" x 40" strip, assemble a strip unit as shown. From the strip unit, cut a total of 12 segments, each 2-1/2" wide.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  9. Using 1 segment each from Steps 4-8, assemble a strip-pieced block as shown. Repeat to make a total of 12 blocks.

    Cats Around the World Quilt


Quilt Top Assembly:

  1. Using 2 strip-pieced blocks, and 1 Black Berry Vines 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangle (and referring to the photograph for fabric placement), assemble a unit as shown. Repeat to make a total of 4 units.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  2. Using the 22-1/2" center square unit, 4 Small Catkin Panel 10-1/2" squares, and 4 units made in Step 1 above, assemble rows as shown.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  3. Sew rows together as shown in the Quilt Assembly Diagram at lower right.


Borders:

  1. Sew 6 Turquoise Dot Tonal 2" x 40" strips together, end-to-end, to make one long strip. Press seams open.
     
  2. From the long strip, cut 4 strips, the same length as the Catkin Border Stripe strips. Sew one of these Turquoise Dot Tonal strips to the bottom of each Catkin Border Stripe strip to make 4 two-piece border
    strips. Press seams toward Turquoise Dot Tonal strips.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  3. Trim two-piece border strips to measure 10-1/2" wide. (Be sure that you’re trimming away the excess from the Turquoise Dot Tonal not from the Catkin Border Stripe.)

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  4. Measure width of quilt top through center. Trim 2 of the two-piece border strips to this measurement. (These will be your top and bottom borders. Decide how you would like the cat placement in these borders before trimming.)
     
  5. Sew a block to each side of the 2 borders trimmed in Step 4. Make sure that the blocks are oriented as shown in the photograph. Press seams toward borders. Set aside for now.

    Cats Around the World Quilt
     
  6. Measure length of quilt top through center. Trim remaining 2 two-piece border strips to this measurement. (These will be your side borders. Decide how you would like the cat placement in these borders before trimming.) Sew borders to sides of quilt as shown in the Quilt Assembly Diagram. Press seams toward borders.
     
  7. Sew the borders, set aside in Step 5, to top and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward borders.


Finishing:

Layer quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired. Bind. Don’t forget to sign and date your finished quilt.

Cats Around the World Quilt

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