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It’s a Crayola World – Gingham Cat Quilt + Tutorial!

We have a seriously cute quilt to share with you today! When deciding what kind of border this sweet little tabby cat needed, I landed on a classic gingham — the perfect design to equal the cuteness of this kitty!

This Gingham Cat Quilt was inspired by another gingham border quilt by Huntspatch Quilts featuring a Great Smoky Mountains National Parks Panel. Check out the original HERE.

Can you spot they crayons in this panel? Look at the kitten’s fur and the ball of yarn. Seriously so cute!

To make this quilt, you will need:

  • 1 – Orange Tabby fabric panel
  • 4 – 2 1/2″ x WOF strips Confetti Cotton Silver
  • 47 – 4 1/2″ squares dark – Confetti Cotton Autumn
  • 65 – 4 1/2″ squares medium – Confetti Cotton Apricot Blush
  • 34 – 4 1/2″ squares light – Confetti Cotton Marmalade
  • quilt batting
  • fabric for quilt back
  • 7 – 2 1/2″ x WOF strips Riley Blake 1/8″ Gray Stripe for binding

Begin by sewing the gray border strips to each side of the panel, and then to the top and bottom. Trim ends and press seams.

For the gingham left side, sew 3 squares:

Row 1 — light+medium+light

Row 2 — Medium+Dark+Medium

Repeat these rows, alternating until you have sewn 11 rows into a column. Press seams as you go.

For gingham right side, sew 3 squares:

Row 1 — medium+light+medium

Row 2 — dark+medium+dark

Repeat these rows, alternating until you have sewn 11 rows into a column.

Sew the columns to the left and right side of the panel, aligning the base of the column with the base of the panel. You may have to trim a little off the gray border at the top of the panel. I trimmed mine about an inch until it was flush with the gingham columns.

Sew the top gingham section, made up of 3 rows:

Top Row — Medium+Dark+Medium+Dark…..continue to make a row of 16 squares.

Second Row — Light+Medium+Light+Medium+Light….continue to make a row of 16 squares.

Bottom Row — Same as Top Row

Sew the 3 rows together, making sure to match up seams. Press.

Repeat for bottom section.

Sew top and bottom sections to quilt. Make sure your seams between the 3rd and 4th squares align with the seam joining the gray border and gingham side section.


That is your completed quilt top!

I quilted this on my home machine using white Aurifil thread and an easy meandering design.

The binding is our 1/8″ Gray Stripe — a Riley Blake Basic.

This quilt is destined to bring a smile to every cat lover. What a fun gift idea!

It’s a Crayola World fabric panels are available now at your favorite local and online quilt shops. Pick up yours today and share your makes with us on Instagram using #crayolafabric, #itsacrayolaworld, #rileyblakedesigns, #iloverileyblake, and tag us @rileyblakedesigns.

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