This is my test sample for the swap. Like some others in this swap, I am using one of the blocks from 200 Crochet Blocks. It is "American Beauty." It is not thick enough, and has too many holes, on its own, so I will add a square to the back in one of the solid colors. The hot pads for the swap will be made of 3 colors: the center "flower" will be one color, two rows around it in a 2nd color and the outer rows in a 3rd color. The back will probably be the third color, and I will use the middle color to join the back to the front and crochet an edging.
This has been great fun finding yarn (still looking), and deciding upon a pattern. Thank you so much Adrian and Maritza.