I was in need of a potholder. In more than 20 years of patchwork I only once made a hot pad. Some scraps and orphan blocks were used.
Reading other quilters blogs came up to trying cathedral window block. This is my first attempt:
Next step was trying a pincushion. Pattern found at http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2011/12/cathedral-window-pin-cushion-tutorial.html