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quilting series: cat or dog block pillow

Are you an animal lover or know someone who is? Update your home decor with this adorable cat or dog block pillow by Pen + Paper Patterns! Whether you're more of a cuddly cat lover or tend to adore man's best friend, we have the pattern for you! We encourage you to get creative with your fabric color selections - you can easily create a cat or dog that resembles a beloved family pet and gift it to friends and family for the upcoming holiday season. It's a perfectly thoughtful and handmade gift!

Students get to choose which animal pattern they'd like for their pillow. We will be working with Pen + Paper Patterns' Kitten Around Quilt pattern or the Dog Pile Quilt pattern. Please note, these patterns are for the completed quilt size, however in class we will only be making a block that we will turn into an 20" square inch decorative pillow. 

Students will learn accurate cutting and tiny piecing methods, as well as how to insert a lapped zipper closure on the back of the pillow. Additionally, for students making the Kitten Around block pillow, you will learn foundation paper piecing!

This four-week class is recommended for our quilting 101 graduate students, intermediate level sewists, or those with an equivalent experience level.

Required Materials:
- (1) Kitten Around Quilt Pattern OR (1) Dog Pile Quilt Pattern, by Pen + Paper Patterns
- (1) spool of coordinating thread
- (1) 20" pillow form

Kitten Around Pattern: (please note, this pattern has paper piecing)
- 1/3 yd: kitten body
- 5" scrap: kitten eyes
- 5" scrap: kitten mouth
- 5" scrap: kitten nose + inner ears
- 1/4 yd: kitten belly, tail, whiskers + outer ears
- 1/8 yd: yarn ball color 1
- 1/8 yd: yarn ball color 2
- 5/8 yd: back of pillow
- 1/2 yd for background fabric

- 22" zipper
- 25" square batting for quilting

Dog Pile Pattern:
- 1/8 yd of fabric for collar
- 1/4 yd of fabric for bone
- 1 fat eighth for eyes + nose
- 1/3 yd of 2 fabrics for dog body
- 5/8 yd of fabric for back of pillow
- 1/2 yd of background fabric

- 22" zipper
- 25" square batting for quilting

Required Tools:
rotary cutter

acrylic ruler
add a quarter ruler (only for Kitten Around pattern)

fabric scissors
curved basting pins

pins and/or clips

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email and there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot.  Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Materials Included: No
Instructor: Mandy Richards

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090