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Fun with Letterpress fabric and making a quilted placemat

 

Recently I received ½ yard of each of the Letterpress fabrics from Northcott.

While you’re on the Letterpress page, check out the great quilts made by Sara Lister (Word Play) and my fellow QUILTsocial blogger Christine Baker and Nellie Holmes (Words of Wisdom). Just click on the quilt picture and you’ll have a larger view of each design. You can also check out the Product Finder link to see which quilt shops near you have the Northcott Letterpress fabric collection. You want to get to the quilting, right?

 

Letterpress fabric from Northcott
Letterpress fabric from Northcott

 

When I saw this fabric, I thought it would have special appeal to book club members and book-loving friends. So this week, I’ll be giving you patterns for 4 different placemats and some ideas for using up your scraps to make some mug mats. I like to make placemats that are about 12″ x 18″, but all the designs I’ll be showing you are easily adapted to different sizes. Just make whatever size is right for you!

For the first placemat, you’ll need 3 different fabrics – a large print (Northcott Letterpress 21891-99) a small print (Northcott Letterpress 21895-11), and a black solid (ColorWorks Premium Solids).

 

2 fabrics from the Letterpress collection plus black from the ColorWorks Premium Solids collection
2 fabrics from the Letterpress collection plus black from the ColorWorks Premium Solids collection

 

Cutting Instructions for 1 placemat

  • 1 – 5″ x 21″ and 1 – 6″ x 21″ large print
  • 2 – 1″ x 21″ and 2 strips 3″ x WOF small print for binding
  • 4″ x 21″ black solid
  • 13″ x 19″ backing

Sewing Instructions

Sew the strips together to make a strip set. Press seams toward small print.

 

Strips sewn together to make a strip set
Strips sewn together to make a strip set

 

Cut the strip set to make 5 – 15″ strips. I cut 3 – 4½”, 1 – 3½” and 1 – 3″ strip, but you can cut different widths if you like.

 

Cut the strip set into 5 strips of varying widths.
Cut the strip set into 5 strips of varying widths.

 

Arrange the strips as shown in the picture. Again, no hard and fast rules – just make an arrangement that is pleasing to you!

 

Adjust the strips to make a pleasing arrangement.
Adjust the strips to make a pleasing arrangement.

 

Sew the strips together and then trim to make the edges even.

 

Trim excess fabric to make the edges even.
Trim excess fabric to make the edges even.

 

Layer placemat top, lightweight batting and backing. Pin baste and then quilt as desired. I did some simple straight-line quilting and used a variegated rayon thread on the black fabric to give some added interest.

Trim to make a 12″ x 18″ rectangle.

Binding

Sew the 3″ binding strips together, end to end, to make a strip long enough to go all around the placemat. Fold in half and press. Using a walking or even-feed foot, sew on the binding using a scant ½” seam. Fold binding to back and hand-stitch in place.

 

Use a walking foot to sew on binding with a scant ½" seam.
Use a walking foot to sew on binding with a scant ½” seam.

 

And now you have a Letterpress placemat for a book lover!

 

Placemat made with Northcott's Letterpress fabric
Placemat made with Northcott’s Letterpress fabric

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another quick and easy placemat design using fabrics from Northcott’s Letterpress collection!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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