Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt Block

Scrap Buster Blocks is a series of scrap quilt block tutorials that are designed to bust through your scraps with the AccuQuilt GO! QUBE Mix & Match block sets. Grab your scrap buckets/tubs/drawers, and let’s make some scrappy quilt blocks!

The great thing about the GO! QUBE Mix & Match sets is that while I’m using the 8” Block set for my quilt blocks, you could just as easily use any size QUBE that you have as the shape numbers are all the same! You will just need to adjust the size of your fabric cuts accordingly.

It’s also important to note that these blocks are made at 150% the Qube size. That means that the finished quilt block will be 150% bigger than the size of the Qube set:

  • 6” Qube – 9” (finished) blocks
  • 8” Qube – 12” (finished) blocks
  • 9” Qube – 13.5” (finished) blocks
  • 10” Qube – 15” (finished) blocks
  • 12” Qube – 18” (finished) blocks

These instructions are written a little differently to normal so that you can use whatever scraps you might have, regardless of the size of the piece of fabric – if it covers the die you need, even if it’s just one small square or half-square triangle, you’re good to go. This is why the cutting instructions tell you how many you need from each die in total.


  1. Assorted prints and background fabrics
  2. AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby Cutter Fabric Starter Set
  3. AQ55776 GO! QUBE Mix & Match – 8” Block set:
    • Shape 1 Square – 4” Finished
    • Shape 2 Square – 2” Finished
    • Shape 3 Half Square Triangle – 4” Finished
  4. AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat 6 x 6

Cutting Instructions:

From print fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 1, cut two squares
  2. Using Shape 2, cut four squares
  3. Using Shape 3, cut four triangles

From background fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 1, cut one square
  2. Using Shape 2, cut four squares
  3. Using Shape 3, cut four triangles

Sewing Instructions:

NOTE: All seams are ¼”, (6mm). Press the seams open unless otherwise specified

  1. Pair the small print squares (Shape 2) with the small background squares (Shape 2) and sew them together. Press seams toward the print.
  2. Pair the units from step 1 and sew them together to create a four-patch. Press. Make two.
  3. Pair the print and background triangles (Shape 3). Sew them together. Press.
  4. Arrange the units and the large squares (Shape 1) to create the block layout, and sew into rows. Press.
  5. Sew the rows together. Press.

Outside The Block

The last part of these tutorials for Scrap Buster Blocks will include some various quilt layout options to inspire you to think outside the box (or block!) of how you can use these blocks to create fun quilts.

ranbow scrappy bear paw quilt

There is of course the standard grid layout option. And this block looks super fun all rainbow-ified!

scrappy bear paw transparency effect quilt

A modern take on the standard grid layout is to use less blocks to fill the grid, and with this illustration, I had some fun using the transparency effect where the yellow and blue blocks combine to make green!

scrappy bear paw fish quilt pattern

And lastly, turning the blocks on point changes the bear paw block to look like little fish (well… big fish!). I used 2” finished sashing to help space out the fish more effectively, and by rotating the blocks in alternating directions, it makes the fish look like they’re swimming! You can use the GO! Setting Triangles to help accurately cut the corner and edge triangles, although do remember that this pattern is for blocks that are 150% of the Qube size, so for these 12″ blocks made from the 8″ Qube, you will need the 12″ Setting Triangles die.

We can’t wait to see your blocks and quilts! Feel free to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @blossomheartquilts and @accuquilt_australia, and using the hashtags #BlossomHeartQuilts and #ScrapBusterBlocks.

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