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www.QuiltBlockLibrary.com - Penny Halgren shows how to sew the Cats and Mice Quilt Block together. This 9 patch quilt block ...
can be strip pieced for speed piecing. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Hi! This is Penny Halgren from QuiltBlockLibrary.tv and QuiltBlockLibrary.com. Today, I'm going to show you how to do this “cats and mice” quilt block pattern. And this is part of the Halloween quilt that’s on the wall behind me. Of course, this can be put together for any kind of quilt that you want. I'm going to use a strip-piecing method to sew these together. So, we’ll go a lot quicker than if I cut every single one of these rectangles. I've got my strips cut and I'm ready to go. So, let’s go over to the sewing machine.
Each one of the patches in this block is just three rectangles. So, you could cut out each one of these rectangles and sew them together like that. But I decided it would be quicker and more accurate to sew the strips together and then cut the patches into squares once the strips are sewn together. So, it's just one pattern. I need to sew a dark, a light, and a dark. So, I'm just going to sew all of those strips together. Since I'm just sewing one block, I really only need sone strip and it needs to be—I figured out it needed to be 36 inches long in order to get enough 4 ½ inch squares out of here. So, now that I've got my strip sewn together, I'm going to take it over to my rotary cutting mat and cut it into squares that are going to be the same size as the square in the center.
Now, I have my strips cut into four inch or actually, these ended up being four and a quarter inch patches. So, I'm ready to sew them together. And I'm just going to fold these two rows or patches over. So, down here, and then I’ll attach this final column. I've got the patches in these two columns done. So, I’ll just add these, and then we’ll be ready to sew the block together. The next step is to sew the top row to the center row. So, I’ll fold this down ands just sew the seam across. Now, all that’s left in this block is just to sew this bottom seam, and then it's finished. This “cat’s and mice” quilt block is finished and ready for our Halloween quilt or any other quilt you want to use it for. This is kind of a fun block because it's got a fixed center square. And if you want, you can replace that with the picture of—well, your favorite cat or mouse.
This is Penny Halgren from QuiltBlockLibrary.com and QuiltBlockLibrary.tv. If you’re not already over there, head on over to QuiltBlockLibrary.com and get your free download of this pattern, there are also a number of variations of blocks called “cats and mice”. So, you can check those out. And I've done at least one video on a different cat’s and mice quilt block that you can sew together. And that’s posted on QuiltBlockLibrary.tv. Thanks for joining me, until next time. Peaceful piecing!