Bear’s Paw Quilt Block

The Bear’s Paw quilt block is unquestionably of frontier origin. Perhaps the pioneer father found a bear track one morning and the mother thought how fun.



Bear’s Paw Quilt Block


Bear’s Paw Quilt Block


The Bear’s Paw Quilt block is unquestionably of frontier origin. Perhaps the pioneer father found a bear track in his field or garden one morning and the mother bravely thought “how interesting” instead of “how dangerous.” Then we suppose she transferred it to linsey-woolsey or hickory dyed jean, using the unworn parts of much be-patched garments into a sturdy quilt block pattern!

All of our series of old-time traditional quilts have stories, more of them than we can possibly know of course.

This traditional quilt pattern, called “Bear’s Paw” in certain localities is known as “Duck’s Foot in the Mud”. That must have come later, or in more safety settled communities where the bears had moved on out even if paving had not come in.

And the Friends down in Pennsylvania had the very same arrangement in a block called neither “Bear’s Paw Quilt Block” nor “Duck’s Foot in the Mud,” but “Hand of Friendship.” From this by curving the angles may have grown another lovely block called “Hands All Around.”

This is a simple block to sew. Make each section the size of the given patterns when finished which means allow extra for seams.

Fabric Estimate:

Set together with alternate white blocks. These will be about 12 1/2 inches square, depending on the exact size of your pieced “Bear’s Paws,” 36 blocks, 18 pieced and 18 plain, plus a three-inch border at top and bottom will finish about 72 inches by 79 inches and require 5 yards of white and 3 yards of colored material.







Bear’s Paw Quilt Pattern: