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Here’s what to do with Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season fabric leftovers

 

Yesterday I showed you how to make a table runner using squares from one of the Northcott ‘Tis the Season panels.

I still had lots of bits and pieces left from my 3 projects, so I came up with one more way to use the leftover squares from the squares panel. The pieces that were left from the panel were very odd sizes, so I decided to do a Crazy Quilting design around them and make some mug rugs or little table mats.

 

Leftovers from my Northcott 'Tis the Season quilts
Leftovers from my Northcott ‘Tis the Season quilts

 

Here’s how to get started!

Cut one of the design elements from the squares panel. It doesn’t really matter what size it is. Cut 4 – 1″ x about 6″ strips from Northcott’s ColorWorks black.

Cut strips from the leftover ‘Tis the Season fabrics. and again it doesn’t matter what width they are, but 2″ – 3″ is usually a good size to start with.

Sew a black strip, on an angle, around each side of the panel piece. Trim off excess fabric as you go.

Sew black border strips on an angle on all 4 sides.
Sew black border strips on an angle on all 4 sides.

 

Excess fabric has been trimmed off.
Excess fabric has been trimmed off.

 

Now sew a print strip on each side.

I used my 6½” square ruler to square up the block to 6½” but you can make yours whatever size fits your scraps!

Do a little bit of quilting, sew on a binding and you have a little mug rug for the festive season!

Square-up the pieced block.
Square-up the pieced block.

 

Excess fabric has been trimmed off.
Excess fabric has been trimmed off.

 

Here’s an idea for using up even more scraps to make a larger table mat.

Start by sewing a 1″ black strip, on an angle, on each side of a design element from the panel. Then just keep sewing on more strips cut from the Northcott ‘Tis the Season prints until you get to the size you want. Make sure to sew each strip on an angle to get the Crazy Quilt look.

When I finished this second block, I decided to do some machine stitching on each seam line, using one of the decorative stitches on my machine. I used a feather stitch and some heavy-weight black thread to get the look I wanted.

Machine embroidery on all the seam lines
Machine embroidery on all the seam lines

 

I did some simple in-the-ditch quilting and then added a black binding to these little ‘Tis the Season mats.

Table mats quilted and bound
Table mats quilted and bound

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the possibilities for the Northcott ‘Tis the Season fabrics and panels. Be sure to look for this Christmas collection in your favorite quilt shops. I’m sure you’ll enjoy using this wonderful Northcott fabric for your own Christmas projects!

I’ll be using this fabric again in some upcoming QUILTsocial posts. Be sure to watch for the new projects!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season table runner – layout option 2

 

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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