Trop­i­cal Fish Mats

Use your bright­est scraps to add a trop­i­cal look to your ta­ble set­ting.

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­signs by Con­nie Rand

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Skill Level: Begin­ner Mat 1 Size: 18" x 12" Mat 2 Size: 24" x 12"

Ma­te­ri­als

• Small yel­low scrap • As­sorted bright-col­ored scraps • 1/2 yard light blue wave print • 3/4 yard black solid • 7/8 yard back­ing • Bat­ting 14" x 20" and 14" x 26" • Thread • Sil­ver and gold metal­lic thread • Bast­ing spray • Fine-point per­ma­nent black marker • Scraps fusible web • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

Cut­ting

Pre­pare the eye shape for ap­pliqué re­fer­ring to pat­tern and Raw-Edge Fusible Ap­pliqué on page 74.

From as­sorted bright­col­ored scraps:

• Cut 4 (61/2") B squares. • Cut 8 (11/2" x 121/2") G strips. • Cut 3 (3") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 di­ag­o­nal to make 6 D tri­an­gles.

From light blue wave print:

• Cut 1 (121/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 1 (121/2" x 181/2") A rec­tan­gle.

From black solid:

• Cut 1 (121/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 1 (121/2") E square, 1 (93/8") F square and 4 (21/2") C squares. Cut the F square in half on 1 di­ag­o­nal to make 2 F tri­an­gles. • Cut 4 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

From back­ing fab­ric:

• Cut 1 (26" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 1 rec­tan­gle each 14" x 26" and 14" x 20".

Com­plet­ing Mat 1

1. Mark a di­ag­o­nal line from cor­ner to cor­ner on the wrong side of each B and C square.

2. Place a B square right sides to­gether on op­po­site corners of A as shown in Fig­ure 1; stitch on the marked line and trim seam al­lowance to 1/4", again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1. Press B to the right side. Re­peat on the re­main­ing corners of A. 3. Re­peat step 2 with C squares on the B corners as shown in Fig­ure 2. 4. Trace eye shapes onto the pa­per side of the fusible web; cut out shapes, leav­ing a mar­gin around each one. Re­move pa­per back­ing; set aside two eye shapes for Trop­i­cal Fish Place Mat 2. Cen­ter and fuse an eye on each C tri­an­gle re­fer­ring to the

Place­ment Diagram for po­si­tion­ing. Mark a dot in the cen­ter of each eye us­ing the per­ma­nent black marker.

5. Mark a di­ag­o­nal 1" grid across the A area us­ing a wa­ter-erasable marker.

6. Sand­wich 14" x 20" bat­ting be­tween the com­pleted top and pre­pared 14" x 20" back­ing piece; ma­chine-quilt on the marked grid lines and in the ditch of seams.

7. Spray-baste each D tri­an­gle on A at the cen­ter of each B cor­ner to make tails re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Diagram.

8. Us­ing thread to match D tri­an­gles and a nar­row satin stitch, ma­chinestitch around edges of each D tri­an­gle.

9. Bind edges re­fer­ring to the Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 109 to fin­ish.

Com­plet­ing Mat 2

1. Place a G strip right side up on the long side of one F tri­an­gle. Place an­other G strip right sides to­gether with the first strip and stitch as shown in Fig­ure 3. 2. Flip and press the sec­ond strip as shown in Fig­ure 4. Con­tinue with two more G strips. 3. Turn un­der 1/4" on the raw edge of the last strip and top­stitch in place as shown in Fig­ure 5 to com­plete one F-G unit. 4. Re­peat steps 1–3 to make two F-G units.

5. Turn the F-G units to the wrong side and trim strips even with edges of F re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6. 6. Cen­ter and sew the F-G units to E re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Diagram. 7. Cen­ter and fuse an eye on each F tri­an­gle re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Diagram for po­si­tion­ing. Mark a dot in the cen­ter of each eye us­ing the per­ma­nent black marker.

8. Mark nine wavy quilt­ing lines through the E piece us­ing the wa­ter­erasable marker.

9. Sand­wich 14" x 26" bat­ting be­tween the com­pleted top and pre­pared 14" x 26" back­ing piece; ma­chine-quilt on the marked lines and in the ditch of seams.

10. Spray-baste D tri­an­gles to E, cen­ter­ing at the base of the F-G units re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Diagram to make tails.

11. Us­ing thread to match D tri­an­gles and a nar­row satin stitch, ma­chine-stitch around edges of each D tri­an­gle.

12. Bind edges re­fer­ring to the Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 109 to fin­ish.

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