This beautiful photo belongs to Miss Susannah at Seven Sisters
And speaking of hotpads, or potholders, in this case, I regularly check up on the Seven Sisters blog. Miss Susannah, has recently posted a great tutorial showing how to make quilted potholders. She often writes a guest post for the Feelin Feminine blog and you can find her tutorial here. Susannah shows three different kinds of pieced quilt blocks, a Morning Star (or Ohio Star), a Pinwheel, and a simple Nine Patch. You will need some sewing skill to accomplish the star and pinwheel blocks, but even beginners can attempt the nine patch.
These potholders are an easy introduction to quilting, at least the piecing part, and are quickly finished. I can attest that finishing a project is important to beginners! If you like to sew, take a quick look at this lovely tutorial.
And speaking of the Feelin Feminine blog, "A Chest of Hopes" is a weekly topic on the blog. You'll want to take a few minutes to look at the previous articles posted under this topic. Here is a link to the topics page.