October BOM

October Block of the Month


Block of the month had a slight delay thanks to Irma but we’re back on track now and Linda Gordon suggested where we’re headed this month.

This quilt can be found on the feed of @mbowen21 on Instagram. The black, white and grey gives it a very modern spin as opposed to the frequently seen spin of pastels.

Credit for the block design goes to Jenny Doan at Missouri Quilt Company. A full tutorial for a quilt can be found here. The video is about ten minutes long and fair warning on the opening music. It’s a challenge! A short video version of the block, also by the Missouri Quilt Company is here.

Make the blocks in any combinations of black and grey. Of course white is permissible in the prints. Use modern fabrics and 1/4” seams as always.


If you’d just like a down and dirty version, here you go. You’ll need:

Cat fabric

  • 2  ~  2.5” squares
  • 3” x 5” rectangle
  • 9.5” x 5” rectangle

Background fabric

  • 2.5” square
  • 2.5” x 5” rectangle
  • 5” x 5” square

Sew the 2.5” background square to the corner of the large 9.5” x 5 cat rectangle, stitching diagonally across the small square. Trim the seam to 1/4” and press it back. You’ve made the cat’s body. The photo shows the two fabrics for two different blocks. Make your cat face left or right - your preference.

Next, make the cat ears using the same method of stitching diagonally across the two 2.5” squares of cat onto the 2.5” x 5” rectangle of background fabric.                       

Now it’s just a simple matter of assembling the parts. Sew the ears you created to the 3” x 5” rectangle of cat fabric. Sew that block to the 5” x 5” block of background and then assemble the block.

The only real warning here is to make sure the head is at the opposite end of the block from the tail. Ask me how I know to watch for that one!

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