Some fun stitching on my work table today! (I needed a little reprieve from the storage room clean-out.)
This "radiant star" hot pad is an old pattern that has been passed around by quilters and stitchers for years; my pattern came in the form of a hand-out from a quilt class in 1989. Of course I saved it all these years, like a squirrel with a good nut. It has since become one of my favorite rainy day projects. However, my decades old pattern was getting a little rough around the edges, as these things do, so I decided to make a new and improved version. And not just for myself, but for you too! The link for the PDF is below if you want to squirrel-away a pattern for yourself. (My Felt Needle Case Cottage pattern can be found here along with a few other freebies.)
These make sweet presents and I like to keep a few on hand for that purpose. Restocking the gift cupboard.
Basically, this is a fold-and-stack operation using three different sized circles. At first glance it looks complicated, but actually very little sewing is involved. I only use a sewing machine to secure the layers around the edges with a zigzag stitch before sewing on the binding. Yep. That's all there is to it.
You can use fabric scraps or color-coordinated Fat Quarters, but be sure and combine contrasting colors so the star stands out. I've just used random pieces for these with homemade bias binding. The minty green plaid is a buttery soft cotton flannel. Awesome to work with.
What is it about polka dots that look so happy?