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Hot Pad or Trivet {52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up}

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I was using the oven the other day and it dawned on me that at one time I had made a hot pad trivet with a quilt block!  

Do you know what a trivet is?  To simplify the answer- it is a big hot pad!  It is the kind of hot pad though that you set things on, not reach into the hot oven and grab pots with.  The trivet helps protect the wood tables and countertops from burn spots.

Quick background from the post Hot Pad Trivet {posted back in 2008– I still quilt like that, but my lines are a lot smoother, and i use my screaming banche and not my sewing machine anymore}:

So this was the project (we had no idea what we were doing): Bring with you a 13 -16″ square block + a backing fabric the same size or larger.
May be a leftover block, lost, or whatever scraps you have sewn together block.
I brought this one below + added a 3″ border around it. So it is around 16″ square.
hot pad
ufo quilt block
Materials needed:  
1 quilt block add borders until it is around 14"-16" square
backing the same size as the front

Insul-Bright Batting Insul-Bright Needlepunched Insulated Lining

The batting is the kicker here- it is insul bright so it repels the heat.  Follow the instructions when using it. Some of them require another layer to help insulate.

Step 1)  Layer the 3 pieces as shown {just the same a quilt sandwich really}  Top layer faces up, batting in the center, bottom layer faces down.

hot pad tutorial

Step 2)  Quilt that baby till the cows come home!  Practice those swirls, loops and straight lines. 
Step 3)  Trim the edges and bind it
I have since given this trivet away– so no final photos.  But it is a great idea to get some beginning practice on machine quilting on your own. It's small.  Controllable.  And it doesn't have to be perfect because there will be food stains, burnt pan spots and it will eventually get lost in the drawer of many towells.
This is also a great way to make a few and store them for wedding presents– last minute, just in case presents.

This is part of the 52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up series……need more ideas on what to do with your UFO Quilt Blocks? previous weeks and UFO Quilt Block ideas

If you are sewing along with us and making up something with your UFO Quilt Blocks {even if you find your own way of sewing them together} we would all love a little peeksee!

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