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Fishing Boat Nautical Table Mats

For these quilted marine-themed table mats, we used the embroidery designs from the One-Color Fishing Boat Set for the large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of a mat is about 18" x 25".

Fishing Boat Nautical Table Mats image 1

Besides embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon), you will need

  • light-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • white, aqua and blue cotton fabrics for top and binding,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • batting,
  • quilting threads to match the fabrics,
  • rick-rack tape (optional),
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter (or graphic pencil and sharp scissors).


Stabilize white fabric with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroider the ship designs for the large hoop. For each table mat you'll need 3 stitch-outs.

Fishing Boat Nautical Table Mats image 2

Trim the stitch-outs to 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles.


For each mat, out of white fabric cut

  • 10 squares measuring 4" x 4" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 6 1/2";
out of aqua fabric, cut 40 squares measuring 2 1/4" x 2 1/4";

out of blue fabric, cut
  • 20 squares measuring 3" x 3" and
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 25 1/2".

The Block:

Position a 2 1/4" aqua square on one corner of a white 4" x 4" square.

Draw a diagonal and stitch on the line. Cut off the corner, trimming seam allowance to 1/4", unfold and press.

Fishing Boat Placemats

Repeat for all the corners of the white square. Make 10 squares with aqua corners in this way.

Fishing Boat Placemats

Cut the 3" x 3" blue squares along the diagonal to make 40 triangles. Sew each triangle to the sides of the white-aqua squares one by one.
Unfold and press after each seam. Trim the "ears".

Fishing Boat Placemats

Fishing Boat Placemats

Assembly of the Top:

Sew 3 rectangles with embroidery into a strip measuring 6 1/2" x 21 1/2".
Sew the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips to the ends of the long strip.

The final strip will be 6 1/2" x 25 1/2". Press the seams. This will be the central part of the mat.

Fishing Boats Placemats

Sew the 1 1/2" x 25 1/2" blue strips to the upper and lower edges of the embroidered strip.

Fishing Boats Placemats

Sew the blue-aqua-white blocks into two strips, 5 blocks in each strip.

Fishing Boats Placemats

Sew the strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part.

Fishing Boats Placemats

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We in a free-motion style all over the mat.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Top-stitch ric-rac tape over the seams between the central and the border parts (optional).

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

Your mat is ready.

Fishing Boat Nautical Table Mats image 3


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Fishing Boat Nautical Table Mats image 5

Happy Stitching!

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