You know what happens when you give someone beautiful hot pads?
They don't use them. I myself am guilty of this heinous crime. So I've decided to recycle old class projects (and experiments gone bad) into what I call "Horrible Hot Pads." They are homely enough to actually use. Who cares if you spill tomato sauce on them? They were horrible to start with.
The stitching here is awful, but I liked the fabric so I sewed two quilt sandwiches together and added a binding. I always wanted a hot pad big enough for my pizza pan - now I have one!
I had this brainstorm back in 2009, so it won't count toward my 2010 recycling score card. Still looking for other quilters to join me in finding ways to use recycled and scrap fabric. See http://quilt-talk.blogspot.com/2010/01/recycling-challenge-2010.html and http://quilt-talk.blogspot.com/2010/01/presidential-puppy-toy.html for more information and ideas.