Hang Paw Quilt Featuring Surfing Cats

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I can not contain my excitement for sharing this quilt pattern!!  I am a California girl through and through.  I spent most of my teenage years at the beach trying to surf but really I was there to watch the cute surfer boys.  I am also a crazy cat lady and I have been my whole life.  I also have loved quilting and sewing for pretty much my whole life. SOOOOOO when I saw this Surfin’ Cats fabric from Riley Blake Designs – I died!  It literally combined three of my passions in one project: the beach, cats, and quilting.  BRILLIANT!!

When ever we go to the beach we make sure to always bring sweatshirts and a blanket.  It can be 112 degrees at our home and 35 miles away the coast will be a chilly 66 degrees.  I thought this was the purrrrrfect blanket to take to the beach on those windy days.  I love big theme prints and this pattern is a great way to show off the wonderful design of the fabric without cutting it up to much.  You can make this in a day – easy!

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Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1.5 yards surfin cats
  • 1.5 yards gray sashing fabric
  • 1/2 yard navy blue
  • quarter yard cuts of coordinating fabrics – I love the RBD basics – I used the chevron, houndstooth and polka dots
  • 1/2 yard gray basic shades
  • 1/2 yard white small dots
  • 1/2 yard binding – I used the chevron
  • 2 1/2 yards for back

The quilt consists of 8 pieced blocks that are 12″ finished in size and 3 larger sections of Surfin’ cats.  All seams 1/4″.  Finished Quilt measures 57.5″ x 72.5″

I choose to cut 2″ x WOF strips of the white small dot and the grey basic shades and piece the strips lengthwise.  Then I cut the strip sets into 6.5″ increments. Sew the block in rows and the rows together, alternating seems for pressing and matching intersecting seams.

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Once you have the 8 blocks finished, begin making the Surfin’ Cats section.  I labeled the quilt layout with the cutting measurements – I’m a visual learner & quilter!  All the surfin’ cats squares are cut 12 1/2″.

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Sew the rows together how they are laid out, pressing seams alternately so they go together nicely.

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Make sure your cat helps in each step of the process!

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Pin all the rows together and sew.  Press the seams to one side.IMG_4020

The quilt top is done!  Super easy!!!

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I had my friend quilt the quilt with her long arm machine.  She did a great job and I love all the swirly waves – it’s the purrrrfect finishing touch.

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Mufasa totally loves it!!!     surfing cats quilt 22


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