Finished both of these last weekend, but I just haven't got around to writing about them. I first saw these at my local quilt guild meeting in September. This was the first meeting I'd attended. Although I wasn't grabbed by the look of them at the time, the quilter's words, "I found the pattern on Moda Bakeshop", a site I'd only just recently discovered, sent my quilt pattern antennae to tingling. Got home, went online and found them! They are created by Melanie Dramatic, whose blog I follow, and they are called Herringbone Hot Pads.
I had lots of leftover scraps from my Seaside Rose quilt, and as I just love the soft colours of that palette, I thought it would be a great way to use up the scraps. I even sewed a couple of larger pieces together to make the back of the hot pad. Melanie's directions are very clear, and the accompanying pictures make it really easy, even figuring out just how to fold what to where to get the self-binding folded over onto the front! We have been asked to make 2 placemats for Meals On Wheels for the October guild meeting, and I am going to use this method of cutting the backing a little larger than the front, folding it twice, and machine-stitching it down onto the front of the piece to make mine.
Here is the front view of the mats. The one on the right has been washed (I love the way it crinkled up!) and the one on the left has had nothing done to it yet.