Creeping Cat Block – Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch Quilt Along

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Autumn has officially arrived, and to celebrate the season, we’ve put together a quilt along celebrating all the things that go bump in the night. This week we’re making the Creeping Cat quilt block!

midnight pumpkin patch

Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch by Emily Cross

30″ x 30″

This week, we’re making the fourth quilt block: Creeping Cat! To find all the fabric requirements and more information about the quilt along Click Here to go to the main post.

cat quilt block

Block 4 – Creeping Cat

9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ unfinished

Fabric Requirements for Creeping Cat

Background – ¼ yard or Fat Quarter
Cat – ⅛ yard

Cutting Instructions*

*Everyone has their own amount of fabric they like to use when Foundation Paper Piecing. The cutting instructions note in the background fabric which pieces are for the frame around the block, and the rest is use for FPP and are generalities to be used as a guide. Cut pieces for FPP from WOF strips using your best judgment.

From the background fabric, cut:

(1) 2″ x WOF strip subcut into:
(2) 2″ x 8″ for frame
(2) 2″ x 10″ for frame

(1) 4″ x WOF strip

(1) 3″ x WOF strip

From the cat fabric, cut:

(1) 4 1/2″ x WOF strip

Creeping Cat Quilt Block Assembly

cat quilt block
Click Here to download the FPP pattern

(Pattern updated 10/24/19)

Print 1 copy of the pattern for the block. Measure the 1″ square to ensure the page printed the correct size.

To brush up on your FPP skills, click here.

Section Assembly

Assemble the sections starting with section A and following the pattern in numerical order. Sew all the sections and trim the paper on the dashed line.

When preparing a piece of fabric for sewing, cutting it the right shape for the angle can be tricky. Here is one trick for managing tricky pieces.

Begin with the first (or previous) piece attached to the fabric. Fold back the paper along the seam line to be sewn and trim a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Next, using a light source behind the pieces as you work, place the FPP piece fabric side up. Place the piece of fabric to be sewn on next right side up over the FPP piece so it overlaps the first fabric piece.

Use scissors to trim the excess fabric, approximately 1/4″ overlapping the first fabric piece. Then place the fabric pieces right sides together. Pin the seam line and flip the second piece over to audition the placement and make any adjustments needed before sewing.

Sew the seam and check to be sure the fabric totally covers the area, and then trim the seam allowance. Secure the fabric or sew the next piece on to continue.

Tip for Joining Sections

This tip already appeared in the Bewitching Bat block, but it is even more important and helpful for the Creeping Cat quilt block.

Joining sections and maintaining straight edges around the block can be one of the trickiest parts of foundation paper piecing. We have a trick for getting nice results, and all you need extra is a firm pin and a craft clip or two.

Begin by laying out the sections as the block will be assembled. Use the section placement guide in the FPP pattern provided.

Next bring two sections to be joined right sides together. Pierce one side through the point with a pin.

Pierce the pin through the second piece at the point as well. Leave the pin standing upright. The point is to hold the points together for a brief moment rather than to pin.

With the pin still in place and held perfectly upright, secure the rest of seam using a craft clip. A clip is preferred to pinning because it holds the pieces together without shifting, which can sometimes happen with pinning.

Bring the pieces under the sewing machine, and remove the pin. Bring the machine needle down into the hole created by the pin where the points of the two pieces meet.

Sew backwards to secure the seam, and then forwards again through the rest of the piece. Remove the craft clip before reaching it. Once sewn, you can check that the pieces joined together successfully.

FPP Block Assembly

Following the assembly guide (last page of the FPP pattern), lay the block out using the sections.

Sew A to the top of B and B to the top of C. (You can remove the paper from the seam allowances and press them open now if desired to prevent bulk and trapping paper in seams.) Then sew D to the A/B/C piece.

cat quilt block

Sew F to the side of G, and then sew E to the F/G piece.

cat quilt block

Join the E/F/G piece to the A/B/C/D piece.

cat quilt block

Sew together H, I, J and K. Join L to the bottom of J/K, and then sew M to the side of K/L.

cat quilt block

Sew the H/I/J/K/L/M piece to the E/F/G piece to complete the FPP block.

cat quilt block

Adding the Frame

Sew the background 2″ x 8″ strips to the left and right side of the FPP block as shown below. Trim even to the edges of the center.

cat quilt block

Repeat with the background 2″ x 10″ strip on the top and bottom.

Use a ruler and a marking tool like a chaco liner to measure the FPP block and from the FPP center through the frame, mark the center as shown below.

cat quilt block

Use a ruler and measure 4 3/4″ from the marked center line, and trim with a rotary cutter. Turn the block and measure 9 1/2″ from the trimmed edge, and then trim. Repeat this for the top and bottom of the block to create an evenly trimmed 9 1/2″ square block. Watch the video below to see this method in action.

Next time…

Check back next week when we’ll make the pumpkin setting blocks and finish up the quilt. Until then, join us in the AQS Project Parade Facebook Group, ask questions, share your progress and piece along with us!

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