Hi and welcome to my month on the Old School Block Of The Month, organised by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams. I’m block 11, but I’ll post a list at the bottom so you can catch up with any you may have missed :o)

There may be an official name for this block, but I haven’t seen this take on a bear paw block made this way before and couldn’t find it in any searches, so I’m staking a claim and calling it ‘Walk In My Footsteps’


This is a 12″ finished block, and to make it you will need to cut the following – note that the colours on the parts refer to those in the diagrams:

  • 1 x 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ – baby bear paw pad (grey)
  • 2 x 3″ x 3″ – baby bear claws (black)
  • 2 x 3″ x 3″ – mummy bear paw pad (pink)
  • 1 x 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – mummy bear paw pad (pink)
  • 1 x 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ – mummy bear paw pad (pink)
  • 1 x 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ – mummy bear paw pad (pink)
  • 2 x 5″ x 5″ – mummy bear claws (fuchsia)
  • 2 x 5″ x 5″ – background (white)
  • 1 x 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ – background (white)

Step 1 – Make The HSTs

  1. Take your 3″ squares and pair them up, right sides together, so that each pair has a black and a pink square.
  2. Take your 5″ squares and pair them up, right sides together, so that each pair has a white and a fuchsia square.
  3. Either use a Clearly Perfect Angles cling to sew either side of the diagonal (line b alignment) or use a fabric marking pen to draw a line diagonally across the back of one square in each pair and sew a scant 1/4″ from either side of the line (see this Quilt Making Basics post for more information on sewing HSTs) – note that if you have directional fabric you will need to make sure your diagonal line goes from the bottom left to the top right of the fabric to get the claws in the right direction
  4. Cut up the diagonal between the sewn lines, then open out and press.
  5. Trim the 3″ HSTs to 2 1/2″ and the 5″ HSTs to 4 1/2″

Step 2 – Assembling The Block

Follow the diagrams below to join all your component parts together with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance

I’ve been having fun making these blocks with the Ruby Star Society Darlings line mixed with the Black & White line from their Cotton + Steel days, and here’s my finished block:

If you make one of these blocks, don’t forget to share and tag me (@the_littlest_thistle) and Kim (@PersimonDreams) on Instagram and use the hashtag #OSBOM21

Catch up with your other blocks here:

Patched Friendship Star – Kim Lapacek (Persimon Dreams)
Variable Star with Album/Autograph Variation – Nancy Scott (Masterpiece Quilting)
Fussy Cut Mirrors Block – Quilt Jane
Hexagon Block – Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives)
Stripey Cartwheel Block – Natalie Santini (Sew Hungry Hippie)
Pocket Economy Block – Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy)
Summer Lovin’ Block – GoGo Kim
butter churn block – Lee Chappell Monroe (May Chappell)
Cathedral Star Block – Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl)
Courthouse Steps Block – Pat Sloan
Katy Cameron (The Littlest Thistle) (you are here)
December 12, 2021 – Sherri Falls (This and That Patterns)