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My Finished Riley Blake Block Challenge Quilt

Using our free quilt pattern, turn a variety of 10″ quilt blocks into a sampler quilt inspired by a Bear Paw quilt block.

blue, green and pink quilt on bed in bright room

I’m excited to share my finished 2024 Riley Blake Designs Quilt Block Challenge quilt with you. 

Finishing the quilt so close to the end of the challenge is a new record for me! I  have my 2022 quilt blocks done, but they still need to be turned into a quilt, and my 2021 quilt took a couple of years to finish.

blue, green and pink quilt on bed in bright room

 If we’re talking procrastination, the blocks from my 2020 quilt are also still sitting in a pile in my sewing room, but I digress, 

Riley Blake shares a unique setting design for all 10-inch quilt blocks each year. This year‘s design is fun and modern. 

colorful sampler quilt outdoors on fence

I loved the diamond cornerstone setting. When I first started the challenge, I intended to finish my quilt the same way the Riley Blake quilt was finished; however, as I was nearing the end of the challenge and placing my quilt blocks on my quilt wall, they started to remind me of something.

many colorful quilt blocks pinned on a white wall

I designed and created a giant bear paw quilt a few years ago using squares from a 10-inch pre-cut stack.

pink, blue and gray quilt on wall with toys

While putting my completed blocks on my design wall, I noticed that the layout reminded me of that giant bear paw baby quilt. So, I thought it would be fun to combine these individual blocks into one giant bear paw quilt block!

ALL ABOUT THE QUILT

Finished Quilt Details

  • Block Patterns: Blocks 1-16 from the 2024 Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge
  • Fabric: Fat Quarters from Tulip Cottage Collection
  • Finished Size: 65″ x 65″
  • Quilt Backing Fabric: Floral Main from Tulip Cottage by Riley Blake Designs
  • Pantograph: Curling Tulips

Bear Paw Sampler Quilt Design

I had to change the measurements slightly since the original bear paw quilt was made with 10-inch pieces of fabric, and this quilt is made with 10 1/2-inch completed quilt blocks, 

blue, green, pink and white quilt on white wall

The change, however, was a good one, as it made my quilt slightly larger, about 65 x 65, which is just the right size for a lap quilt. 

If you would like to create a quilt like mine, keep reading. I’ve included instructions for finishing your blocks this way on this page. If you scroll to the bottom of the instructions, you’ll notice I’ve included a print button. 

blue, green and pink quilt on bed in bright room

You’ll still need to download the individual blocks separately, but the good news is that if you didn’t love one of the block patterns this year, you could substitute it for any other ten-inch quilt block pattern. 

If you want to finish your quilt the same way Riley Blake finished theirs, you can download their instructions from their website. 

About the Fabric

My quilt blocks are all created from my tulip cottage fabric collection. Many of you have asked about specific fabric requirements for this quilt. 

blue, green and pink quilt on bed in bright room

I started sewing the quilt early in the year before the Tulip Cottage collection was officially released. I had less than half a yard of each print, which I got as advanced yardage to work with. 

I just started cutting up the advanced yardage and sewing the blocks as I went. Since this quilt doesn’t require as much fabric as I started with, I have a lot of leftover fabric.

If you’d like to recreate my quilt, I recommend purchasing a fat quarter pack of Tulip Cottage fabric. All the prints from that fat quarter pack in my quilt except the Tulip Stipe in white & blue.

pink, green and blue quilt outdoors

A fat quarter pack will give you enough fabric to complete your blocks. Still, you may need to make some substitutions as I’m not 100% sure if you would have enough fabric of each print to create your quilt EXACTLY like mine, but you can get pretty close.

The yard requirements for the finishing instructions are listed in the instructions below.

Finishing Instructions

Follow the directions below to turn your quilt blocks into a finished Bear Paw Sampler quilt.

blue, green, pink and white quilt on white wall

Giant Bear Paw Sampler Quilt Pattern

Melissa Mortenson
Turn a variety of 10" quilt blocks into a sampler quilt inspired by a Bear Paw quilt block.
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Prep Time 2 hours
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 5 hours

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Completed Quilt Blocks

  • 16 Completed 10" quilt blocks (finished size of block). Reminder: the "finished" size of a quilt block is the size it is AFTER it is sewn into the quilt. Therefore, the blocks at this point should measure 10 1/2" x 10 1/2".

Finishing Fabrics

  • 1 Yard Fabric for "Paws" & Center I used Tulip Cottage dot in green
  • 2 1/4 Yards Background Fabric this is in addition to any fabric you need to complete the quilt blocks
  • 1/2 Yard Binding
  • 4 Yards Backing Fabric If you use wideback fabric you only need 2 yards of fabric

Instructions
 

  • Approximate Size: 65" x 65"

Cutting Directions for Background Fabric

  • 12 pieces 6" x 10 1/2"
    4 pieces 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"
    8 pieces 11" x 11"

Cutting Directions for Print Fabric

  • 8 pieces 11" x 11"
    1 piece 6" x 6"

Step One: Create Half Square Triangles:

  • Using the eight 11" x 11" Print Fabric Squares and the eight 11" x 11" Background Fabric Squares, create 16 Half Square Triangles. Trim and square up to 10 1/2” x 10 1/2”.
    If you need help creating Half Square triangles, check out our step-by-step tutorial.
    How to Quick Piece Half Square Triangles

Assembly:

  • Before you assemble your quilt, ensure that you have:
    16 Quilt Blocks (measuring 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" each)
    16 Half Square Triangles (measuring 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" each)
    Background Fabric: 12 pieces 6" x 10 1/2"
    4 pieces 10 1/2" x 10 1/2
    Print Fabric: 1 piece 6" x 6"
  • There are a few different ways to assemble this quilt. My favorite way is to assemble it by rows. Refer to the diagram as necessary.
    I recommend laying all of your quilt blocks out on a design wall before you sew them together so that you have a nice balance of color and pattern throughout your quilt.
  • Sew the pieces in row 1 together, followed by rows 2-7.
  • Sew Row 1 to Row 2, then Row 2 to Row 3, etc until the quilt top is assembled.
    blue, green, pink and white quilt on white wall
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6 Comments

  1. Love the way you set the sampler quilt blocks inside the giant bear claws! It is an eye catching quilt! Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I really love the way you finished your RBD 2024 quilt! Love that shade of deep green especially, something about it just speaks to me 😍.

  3. I’m interested in your quilt wall? Do you have an article written on that, that you could point me too? It looks very interesting!

    Thanks!

    1. This wall is made up of Felt Right stick on tiles and it’s really big because I use it for photography – the fabric doesn’t stick to the tiles, so I use pins.
      I have a smaller quilt wall in my sewing room that is the Fons & Porter one – It just hooks on command hooks so I can move it easily – the fabric sticks to that one without pins

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