Creative Grids CGRDH1 & CGRDH2- Cat’s Cradle Tool & Strippy Stars Tool/ Tips and Things to Remember

1-The markings on the trim side of the Cat’s Cradle tool are FINISHED sizes.   If the pattern says trim to 3” finished, then you use the 3” line on the tool.   (I give you the unfinished size in ( ) in the pattern just as a reminder that if you measure it after trimming with a regular ruler, it will be ½” larger to give you the ¼” seam allowances for sewing it into your project.   (I also give the unfinished size for those who might still be using my old original cat’s meow ruler which was marked in unfinished sizes)

2-All of the cutting on the CGRDH1 Cat’s Cradle tool is slightly oversized so that you have to trim down. This helps assure perfection with these units every time. Even a beginner can have perfect results!


‘Cat’itude Corrections

1-If was recently brought to our attention that when the publisher numbered the color pages in the center of the book, the index numbers were not changed for the patterns that follow the color pages. (This was corrected in the second run printing)

The index should read:

Carolina page 18

Catamount Crossing page 21 (The index also refers to this as Catamount Crossroads instead of Crossing) Grace Ann page 24

On page 24 Grace Ann

Change the # of strips needed on the first line under black in the chart. Changed from 3 to 4 under the lap size and from 8 to 10 under the Twin size. (You will not need more yardage, you just need a few more strips as indicated) (This was corrected in the second run printing)

Also on the second line on page 25 – there is no queen size in the pattern. The (60 for Queen) on this line should read (60 for Twin)


On page 6 Miss Epsie, we added a clarification in the second run printing to make sure there was no confusion.

You only need to cut the 5 ½” center squares for the middle of the blocks once. Either out of your scraps OR from yardage as indicated on the chart.  

Stars in My Cabin Pattern

You may notice that this pattern has you cut 1" strips for the tiny stars, while the ruler calls for 1 ¼” strips for the smallest size.

That's because we found while making this quilt (and more blocks to test it), that 1" was plenty. (I recently taught a class on this quilt and

my students used 1" strips with no issues as well.) The ruler calls for 1 1/4" strips for the tiny stars which of course

gives you more fudge factor.

***Keep this in mind as you make the quilt (and if you teach the class.)

Use which ever size strip makes you feel more comfortable. If you want a little more fudge factor- by all means cut them at 1 ¼”.


Steps to the Stars: corrections

Pg 2

Make (18) “C” blocks (not 16)   Cutting is correct for (18) blocks

Pg. 3 Row 10 is missing from graphic on the bottom left. Refer to graphic on the right

Dizzy Quilt/ Helpful Tips-  (In the Strippy Stars Book)


It has come to my attention that some of the graphics in the dizzy pattern may be confusing and that left handers may interpret the directions differently than intended.  (This was clarified in the second printing on the Strippys Stars book)  The pdf below should help if you have questions.

Dizzy pattern from the Strippy Stars Book /Clarification-  click here for PDF https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/6394/dizzy_quilt_helpful_tips_pdf_20170509102021.pdf