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Moorish Tiles Placemats
By Kevin Kosbab
Set your dinner table for faraway culinary adventures with an appliquéd tile mosaic peeking out from under the plates. The textured linen background suggests stucco walls where these tiles might be glimpsed by a sharp-eyed traveler.
FabricMakes two placemats— Main: 1 yd slubbed linen or linenblend (or ½ yd linen plus ½ ydcoordinating backing), 40" wide— Tile Appliqués: about 15 scraps ofprinted cotton, each at least3 ½" × 3 ½" (shown: teal and greenstone textures)— Binding: 3/8 yd of 2 complementarycolors, 45" wide (shown: dark tealand pine)
Other Supplies— Template:— Tile (A)— Batting: two pieces of low-loftbatting, each 18" × 15"— 1 yd of fusible web, 17" wide— Nonstick pressing sheet— Safety pins— Coordinating threads for appliqué— Optional: Open-toe sewing machinefoot
Notes— All seam allowances are ¼", unlessotherwise specified.
— Follow manufacturer’s instructionsfor all fusibles.— The open background of the sampleswas left unquilted to allow thelinen’s natural texture to enhancethe architectural suggestion. Ifyou prefer a crisper look, fuselightweight interfacing to the wrongside of the linen before assemblingthe placemats or quilt outlined tileshapes in the background to continuethe tile pattern from the appliqués.— Linen tends to ravel, so the piecesare cut slightly larger and thentrimmed to size before binding.
Finished SizeEach placemat: 16 ½" × 13"