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CindyA Posted: Fri, Aug 30 2013 10:17 AM

I'm making a set of hot pads as a gift and was wondering if 11" would be too big. I have a few sample quilt blocks and thought I might put them to good use by making them into hot pads. The squares are 12", but I'm sure that I'll need to trim them down a bit before binding them.

I also thought that this would be a good way to start learning to machine quilt since they're smaller items. Watching a You Tube video about 'quilt as you go' gave me the idea. Since I've kept the scraps from other projects, what a good way to use them up and shrink my stash!

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Bev replied on Fri, Aug 30 2013 10:51 AM

Cindy, I have only knitted hot pads for my Sister and she wanted them to be large for placing hot casserole dishes on her table. I do have a panel that I am going to cut up for hot pads and they will be 12 inches finished. I plan on using Insul-Bright as well as batting.  Please share photo when you have finished.

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Patti replied on Fri, Aug 30 2013 1:10 PM

I tend to like the smaller hot pads better.  I find when I want to use one, I grab the smaller ones because they are easier.  However, is using them on the table, the larger would be preferred.

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Karla replied on Fri, Aug 30 2013 1:12 PM

I've made both big and small...use the big ones a lot for large family dinners as the hot stuff seems to be in bigger casseroles or platters.  I've actually contemplated making a table cloth sized one for those holiday dinners...at least it is on my "to do" list.

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Nana replied on Fri, Aug 30 2013 1:16 PM

Cindy

I like the large hot pads both to use to get things out of the oven and to set hot dishes on the table.

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Flojo replied on Fri, Aug 30 2013 5:23 PM

I made some hot pads from 10" blocks as gifts and half the people I gave them to used them as kitchen decorations! 

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CindyA replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 10:19 AM

Your tablecloth idea is really neat! Easy to care for and incredibly useful. No more burns or scorches on the table!

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CindyA replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 10:22 AM

Karla:

I've made both big and small...use the big ones a lot for large family dinners as the hot stuff seems to be in bigger casseroles or platters.  I've actually contemplated making a table cloth sized one for those holiday dinners...at least it is on my "to do" list.

Maybe I should plan on making a pair of each...that way all could be useful, no matter whether big or small hands are using them!

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barbjahay replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 10:36 AM

We have a stack of homemade hot  pads in the kitchen, my favorite measures about 7 1/2 by 9 inches. My mother-in-law likes them a little smaller. I like them a little larger. We use them to take stuff out of the oven, microwave and put on the table. I usually double the insulbrite or use l layer of insulbrite and one or two layers of cotton bat if I have some scraps left over from quilts, We use scraps of fabric and match them up with leftover pieces of bindings. We made alot to give away at xmas. I also make tablerunners for the kitchen table using the insulbrite, that way you can put hot dishes right onto the runner. When ever I make new curtains for the kitchen, I make a few hot pads to match. Have Fun, BARB

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zoetc49 replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 7:40 PM

I made some pot holders using the back pockets of Jeans and then what fabric I have on hand. I like the larger size for this use. These make up real cute. I have made them for friends, none for me- yet...lol, as usual.

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