Wow, I really got down to the wire this time. Since Dad's surgery took up a good bit of the time I had planned to make some gifts, I got really behind. I was also very distracted too. I had planned to make hot pads to place on tables and matching pot holders for some of my co-workers. However, getting so close to the wire I am only managing the hot pads.
I love a nice hot pad to put down when I have a dish that is too hot for the table. I far prefer them to trivets. With trivets, I am always sure that the dish will get unbalanced and slide off an edge and spill. I have seen it happen. Maybe I am just clumsy. Ha ha. Still I love a hot pad for the table.
For these I used some sample blocks I made quite a while back. I decided that it would give me a jump start on making them. They have a layer of cotton batting and a layer of Insul-Bright to reflect the heat.
While I was sewing them, I watched a movie. I had really avoided watching this one due to the subject matter of mental illness. The film is "A Beautiful Mind" and it deals with schizophrenia. I was surprised at how well it was handled and also by how much I learned from it. You see, in my early thirties, I worked in a business office at a state mental hospital. I met and dealt with some of the patients. It was mostly an enjoyable job due to my great co-workers. But it could be stressful. Watching this film made me think of some of the people I saw there. I wish I had understood then what this film showed me about their "realities." We should always be kind to people, even though they seem different. We never know the struggles they are facing.
Peace be with you.