TUTORIAL: The Bear Paw Block

REFERENCE GUIDE: Bear Paw Block Layout PDF

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this block…

Perhaps it’s because it was one of the first ‘traditional’ blocks I ever constructed. (And come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it was one of the first times I ever made half square triangles!)

So, in a bid to mix the traditional with the modern (one of the things I love best to do in my quilting practice), I hovered over to my quilt book library and dug out this book. Full of simple and oh-so-delightful patchwork blocks, I found the one that I wanted and adapted it for this little tutorial.

Next came finding the right fabrics that would help make the unique design of the block stand out. In the end, I chose to construct the block using two solids – pink and grey – both so scrumptiously modern! LOVE IT!!

(Looking for the measurement & cutting instructions? Click of the PDF link at the start of the post and there they’ll be!)

Trailing off on a side note: some of you might not know that this December, a brand new little baby girl will be arriving in our family! No, it’s not me – I’m not pregnant… But my brother and sister in-law are expecting their fifth child after having four glorious boys! So this means, I can finally get into my pink cutesy fabrics and make something so girly that you’ll become so clucky you’ll want to have your own little baby girl!!


But anyway, I’ve casually been on the lookout for a quilt design to make for my new niece and I’m quite sure I’ve found it in this little tutorial!

Bear Paw 1

I am so simply in love with these two colours together that I almost feel a little uncomfortable by it… They don’t seem to over dominate each other; they quietly sit side-by-side, emitting a beautiful message of unity and history so much so that it almost makes me feel a bit teary! (Or it could just be my ever-loving monthly hormones wrecking havoc all over the place!)

So what I’m trying to say, after all of that weird emotion, I’ve decided to make a baby quilt for my pending niece using the Bear Paw block. YAY!

Have you made this block before? If so, let me know! And if you have a photo of the quilt, I would love to see it!

Also, if you have questions or feedback about this block/tutorial or have any other suggestions for tutorials or crafty things you would like me to demonstrate, comment down below or send me an email at 3and3quarters@gmail.com

In next weeks tutorial, I’ll be delving into the open possibilities of Quilt Labels! Should be a hoot!

Come join me!

Happy Sewing Friends!



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3 thoughts on “TUTORIAL: The Bear Paw Block”

  1. Hello! Have just discovered your blog and tutorials and Instagram and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it! Your tutorial are so user friendly that I’ve decided to take the plunge and make a bear paw quilt! Just a quick question – how much fabric does each block require? Still new to quilting and working out the correct amounts. I’m hoping to make the quilt for my husband who loves bears so am going to use a nice grey for the background fabric together with a selection of mustard prints. This is only my second quilt so wish me luck!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m thrilled that you love my tutorials and that they’ve inspired you to make a quilt! The Bear Paw is one of my favourite traditional blocks and I think the idea you have for yours sounds wonderful! Your husband is one lucky man!😄
      To answer your question, I think you should be able to make one block from a Fat Quarter – so that is one FQ of a print fabric and one FQ of grey fabric to make one block. (If you’re clever with your cutting, you may be able to even make two blocks using one FQ!)
      I hope this info helps! If you have any other questions or are unsure about anything, I’m always more than happy to help! 🙂


      1. Hello Amanda! Thanks so much for your reply – I have a couple of questions if that’s okay?! I’ve done all my cutting out and made my half square triangles, which I have just squared up to 2″ – is that okay to do so? The reason I ask is later on when we sew the 2 1/8 square on to these you mention squaring up again so do I just square them up to the dimensions of the now joined half square triangle pairs?
        Does that make sense?! I also wondered the same thing when I go to join the joined half square triangle pairs to the pink square and you say to square up – am I just squaring up the large pink square to the dimensions of the width of the half square triangle pair? Crikey, I hope I am making sense! Thanks so much for your help! 🙂


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