Santa's workshop is open and humming! This is going to be a casserole mat. My scrappy strip containers were overflowing (thank you, Mary J.!!) and then I saw the hot pad tutorial on the Esch House Blog. Yippee! A gift idea AND a way to be able to close my containers again! A definite "two-fer!!" These will be pads to put hot casseroles on and feature Insul-Brite insulated batting. EVERYONE needs these on their Christmas list!
And I get to play with Tonya letters, just in time for the much anticipated release of her first book, "Word Play Quilts!" Oooo! I'm so excited to get a copy!! Come on Santa...get your butt here and deliver me a book!
These hot pads measure 10 x 15 inches, which is what these first 4 efforts will measure when finished. That is the perfect size to work for a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Her tutorial is fabulous, and I am working on making several "tops," then I will layer, machine-quilt, and assemble in true elf assembly line fashion. Ho-ho-ho!
Here are 3 strippy ones without words.
OK...they are definitely more fun with words. I made the following words to incorporate in some strippy tree blocks. I'm going to vary the sizes on these to accommodate steeping teapots and smaller casserole dishes. This project is getting hot-hot-HOT!!
Now I will attach a "hot!" block to a tree(s) to make more fun casserole mats.
The strips start like this...
Then turn into free-pieced blocks and trees.
Using my 5.5 inch square ruler, it just takes 6 blocks to make a 10 x 15 mat. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!
I'll be back soon with some that are finished!