Tutorial: Double Bear Paw Block
I had some interest in a tutorial for the double bear paw blocks that I used for my big scrap quilt. This block uses 4 bear paw blocks that have an extra black black outline, laid out traditionally with sashing and a black center square. Each individual "paw" (or quadrant) is made of scrappy squares of fabric in one color and halfsquare triangles. This block is great for using up 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" scrap squares, and it's a big one: it finishes at 18 inches square.

Fabric Requirements
I used scraps for this quilt, so I'm listing the fabric requirements in terms of cut pieces needed (not yardage). 2 1/2" squares in the following colors: 4  pink 4  blue 4  red 4  green 5  black/dark gray 20  low volume 3 1/2" squares in the following colors: 2  pink 2  blue 2  red 2  green 12  low volume 20  black/dark gray 
For making halfsquare triangles, I use the following method:
1. Place the fabrics that you are going to use in your block rightsides together.
2. Draw a line diagonally across the paired fabrics from one corner to the opposite
3. Sew 1/4" on both sides of the line you have just drawn
4. Cut along the line
5. Press the 2 blocks, and trim them down to 3 1/2" square
*Each pair of fabrics creates 2 halfsquaretriangle squares
For a single paw, you will need to do the above steps for 3 black/lowvolume pairs (you will end up with 6 HST blocks from the 3 pairs of fabric), and two blue/black pairs of fabric.
1. Place the fabrics that you are going to use in your block rightsides together.
2. Draw a line diagonally across the paired fabrics from one corner to the opposite
3. Sew 1/4" on both sides of the line you have just drawn
4. Cut along the line
5. Press the 2 blocks, and trim them down to 3 1/2" square
*Each pair of fabrics creates 2 halfsquaretriangle squares
For a single paw, you will need to do the above steps for 3 black/lowvolume pairs (you will end up with 6 HST blocks from the 3 pairs of fabric), and two blue/black pairs of fabric.
Assembling the full block
1. Sew four sets of 4 lowvolume 2 1/2" squares together to make the sashing sections. 2. Sew the pink paw and the blue paw to each side of one piece of lowvolume sashing. Then sew the green paw and the red paw to the other 4block piece of lowvolume sashing. 3. Sew the last two sections of sashing to a black 2 1/2" square as shown below. 4. Lay all of your pieces out as shown above and sew the last piece of sashing (9 square long with a black center) to the two sets of paws. Voila! You now have an 18" square double bear paw block. Congratulations! 
For my quilt, I made 16 of these blocks and laid them out four rows across and four down. I also added sashing of 2 1/2" low volume squares in between each set of paws, and capped it all off with a boarder around the quilt top that was two 2 1/2" squares wide. For more information on my quilt and additional pics, click here.
