Tropical Fish Mats
Use your brightest scraps to add a tropical look to your table setting.
Skill Level: Beginner Mat 1 Size: 18" x 12" Mat 2 Size: 24" x 12"
• 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
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.