So, even though the saleslady said the table had a tough finish on it, one that could withstand hot bowls and scratches, I still felt better to put some sort of protection under them, and a lot of the time that protection came in the form of a magazine which was close by.
When the December, 2001, issue of American Patchwork and Quilting came, there was an article about kitchen quilts, another name for the ordinary potholder. To qualify as a kitchen quilt, a potholder had to have a flat fabric top -- whether whole cloth, pieced, appliqued, or embroidered -- be layered with batting and backing, and be quilted and bound. One of these would look much better on the table than a magazine!
Two appliqued kitchen quilts,
two pieced kitchen quilts (the one in front isn't quilted yet)
Now whether it's a bean pot,
or a tea pot, the table is protected from heat. And they look much better than a magazine, don't you think?
These measure approximately nine inches square.