Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Strippy, Scrappy, FABULOUS Casserole Hot Mats...

Happy Holidays, everyone! This is Teresa from Fabric Therapy! The strips and scraps have been FLYIN' in my quilt cave lately as I get last minute gifts ready in a flash!  I came up with a neat project to reduce my overflowing strip and scrap bins while making a useful and pretty gift.

I started with heaps and piles of strips and scrappy pieces. 

See?  Chaos does take over every now and then in my compulsively organized quilting area.  I have to get all the scraps out where I can touch and feel them.

First I made a lot of trees using green strips and scrappy chunks of backgrounds.

Then, in honor of Tonya's Ricucci 's new book, Word Play Quilts (hot off the press in December!), I decided to make some free-pieced letters.
 All with an exclamation mark to get the point across!
Then I put it all together to make casserole hot mats.  It seems that mug rugs are the number one cool gift to make for everyone this year, so I decided to make hot mats following the same basic ideas and using Insul-Brite batting. Ta da!!

 They are all sizes, most big enough for a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.  
 I used some of my longer scrappy strips to border the crazy pieces.  They are thick! I machine quilted the little top to some Insul-Brite, then layered batting and a back, then used little scraps of prepared binding left over from previous quilts to finish them off. They are truly scrappy from start to finish.

When I got bored with trees, I experimented with a couple of different styles.

They are an awesome way to reduce those scrap bins while wow-ing your friends and family! 

Thank you to Madame Samm and all of you for letting me share a project.  I've been sharing organizational secrets of my stash with you lately and it was fun to pull things out, make a mess and a project, and share it with you (and, of course, clean up...I can only stand the chaos for so long before I start trying to find the tops of my tables!). 

May you all organize your sewing areas and manicure those stashes in the new year!!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. 14 All V.I.P's. " I'm just saying!:
    1 Wendy said...
    Thank you for sharing! Love the trees and like even more that you changed up the design when you wanted to :) Like the idea of an oversized hot pad ... might have to make a few for myself, or pull more from my stash and surprise a few friends :) Thanks!
    December 29, 2010 12:16 AM
    2 Sandi said...
    Love your "hot, hot pads". I made some for my son's girlfriend for Christmas but they weren't nearly as detailed and as clever as your hotpads! Very nice!!
    December 29, 2010 12:17 AM
    3 Vroomans' Quilts said...
    Love the hot pads - my MOM made something similar as she didn't like the mug rugs. It is refreshing to see that the "organized" queen also makes a fabric spagheti mess like all of us. And you said it - you have to pet the fabric. Thank you for a lovely post.
    December 29, 2010 1:01 AM
    4 Jan Hatchett said...
    Those hot pads are very cute. Gotta love that they even say "hot!" in red! Great idea!
    December 29, 2010 1:28 AM
    5 Quiet Quilter said...
    There are so many mats, pads, and rugs out there! I am going to have to do a complete makeover of my home if this keeps up. Love your greenery!
    December 29, 2010 1:54 AM
    6 schmidt1016 said...
    These are truly great! Fun and useful and cute. Genius! I really appreciate you sharing your clever ideas with us. I will have to try this. Thanks!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net
    December 29, 2010 2:00 AM
    7 Madame Samm said...
    Good MORNING Teresa....first love the mess LOL...Now I know that HURTS you, to have it that way...but the results well they are HOT as in wowzee...Yes I love the idea they are just larger MUG RUGS. Totally see that...and functional, I am there. I am just saying you are one amazing quilter, how far away are you from me? Just saying...I could come over and well, make HOT stuff lol..thanks for the delightful post...
    December 29, 2010 4:05 AM
    8 VickyB said...
    The Hot Mats are a super idea. I have made them the size of a Pot Holder 9 x 9, put a loop on one corner and they serve as double duty. Now with your idea, I will expand them into Hot Mats and make them about 14 inches long. They make wonderful hostess gifts. Make them in all colors and for every season. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    December 29, 2010 4:56 AM
    9 Lee said...
    What a wonderful idea! I think I will make some with hearts for valentines day! thanks and happy new year.
    December 29, 2010 6:09 AM
    10 Linda M said...
    Teresa, thanks for sharing your hot mats, they are way kewl!! I like it that you used all scraps and leftovers, they are definitely on my go-to list for using scraps.

    December 29, 2010 6:44 AM
    11 drquilter said...
    Well, I'm certainly wowed! My strip container is starting to get a little over the top so I think it might be time to make some hot mats! Thanks for the idea!
    December 29, 2010 7:43 AM
    12 SHEILA said...
    Great post! I'll be making these for presents this year. Everyone needs some hot mats. Thank you for sharing.
    December 29, 2010 8:12 AM
    13 Ariane said...
    Ah!! I love your hot pads. They are gorgeous!!! Such a fun way to use up scraps. This is a perfect little project to get your sewing fix and make something quick. Just the kind of project I like. I'm sure your family and friends just loved them. I need to make a few of these for next Christmas. I'm going to put them on my gift making list. Thanks!!! Hugs Ariane
    December 29, 2010 8:21 AM
    14 StitchinByTheLake said...
    What a clever idea! I'm always scrambling for something to sit my hot pans on and these will be perfect - of course I'll have to make them for my daughters too so I can see a way to use up lots of my strips! blessings, marlene
    December 29, 2010 8:21 AM

  2. So cute!! I love all of the little trees and the words are just super fun. I need to make a few of these so I can laugh each time I see Hot! on my Hot Pad :)

  3. These are the cutest ever. I am going to have to make some. I love how you used Tonya's words.

  4. Soooo cute. That is a great use of scraps.

  5. Great idea for a quick project.

  6. Very clever idea!! Thank you for sharing. For those of us that want to get a jump on next year's gift giving, these are wonderful.

  7. Great job!! Did you sew the binding on the back side by hand? Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a great idea, thank you for sharing

  9. Great Idea to use up strips. thank you

  10. I love how you've used up the strips. Wonderful!!

  11. Your use of scraps for something useful and cute is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  12. These are just GREAT!!

    Just to be clear: Did you not quilt through all the layers?

  13. I love this idea!! I can hardly wait to start!

  14. Great idea!
    I love the use of letters! can't wait to try this

  15. These are so great. Love the words!

  16. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing how to use the words in a fun project!

  17. I love them! what a super way to use your scraps. That idea has now gone on my to do list!

  18. What a great idea and creative use of scraps! Definitely going to do some of these. Thank you!!!!

  19. I Love Those!! I haven't been all that excited about the mug rugs, but the hot pads are aresome. They turned out so cute and I think I am going to make a bunch for different seasons and give them as gifts! Thanks for the ideas. Happy New Year

  20. I love the mats! I just started the mug rugs but I'm loving the idea of hot mats. I especially love the words and trees! I just got Tonya's book too and love it! Can't wait to put words on a mat! Thanks so much for the ideas!

  21. I haven't really understood the mug rug craze. Probably because I am spending too much time walking around with my cup vs. actually getting to sit down and drink it. But I do like your idea of a hot casserole pad. Maybe one day I should try to get all of these fabulous ideas accomplished.

  22. I love these small little tree quilts. Great ideas for scraps and I am going to try to make a tree quilt too. Love the words.

  23. LOVE IT! I'm currently working on a strippy quilt for my son's new home. Love how easy it is to use up all those scraps!

  24. Hot Dish indeed!These are fabulous!

  25. These are so great. Seasonal hot pads/mats! Thanks

  26. Great ideas, love the puns, and those trees are darling!!

  27. These are darling. I love your ideas. Can't wait to get started making some of my own.

  28. Great idea!!! I'll have to try that!

  29. How fun! Love the words...oooh...I seriously am drooling over your stash of strips...

  30. Too cute! Wish I had thought of that.....too late for this Christmas now. :(

  31. Scraps seem to bring us more fun than the rest!Loved it all. Have a great 2011.

  32. I meant to comment yesterday, but I don't think I did. If so, then it means that I doubly love your idea. And I do, love it, that is. Thanks for the great post and ideas.


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