Here is a star mat made for the Quilt group challenge at Southern Pines RV Resort. Last season we were given the challenge and a fat quarter. Several of us brought in finished projects and members selected their favorites.
Enjoyed the project but I did not follow instructions. I have not sewn down the points like the pattern called for. A learning experience but I still like the resulting mat.
It could easily be used for a hot pad as it is several layers thick. However, I wouldn't want this one to get dirty. With my construction method it might be a challenge to wash.