Precuts are fun! They provide many opportunities to play with fabrics and colors. It is so much fun unrolling a new jelly roll and admiring all the colors and prints. My stash includes jelly rolls, charm packs and a few layer cakes that have been waiting for a project to put them to use.
The layer cake grabbing my attention for the last month is the X’s and O’s Rainforest Collection by Northcott Fabrics. I love the beautiful greens, blues and floral prints in this collection. These precuts demanded to be used in a way that really showed off the fabrics.
Selecting a Design
I chose placemats for my project with this layer cake and settled on a simple design with pieces large enough to get a real feel for the fabric. My placemats finish at 12” x 18” so the math for this design worked out really nicely.
The layer cake was marked and cut into four 2.5” strips. Then each strip was divided into a 6.5” piece and a 3.5” piece.
Random or Planned Layout?
Two 3.5” pieces and two 6.5” pieces connected into a row then six rows joined together. The top finished at exactly 12” x 18”. I played with the layout of the pieces to get a good balance of lights and darks before sewing the pieces together. My original plan was to be entirely random but there weren’t enough different fabrics to really make that work.
I used ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable for the ‘batting’ in the placemats. It gives such a nice body to the placemats. For these placemats, I simply quilted ‘stitch in the ditch’ to make the tiles stand out.
The blue fabrics in the layer cake were saved to cut into 1.5” strips then pieced together for the binding. The blue prints are a nice contrast to the greens.
This is an easy, quick and fun project to make. One layer cake will make at least eight placemats. Such a fun way to brighten the kitchen.