We bought a new patio table made of aluminum and tile. Our last one, which was glass, exploded! It had been very hot for a week, and then my husband set a cold 6-pack on it for a couple of minutes, and it just cracked into a million pieces. So I decided I did not want another glass table. The tile on our new table is beautiful, but we were afraid it might get scratched by our dishes. My hubby suggested I make some place mats since sewing is my current craft obsession. I found some bright fabric at walmart for only $3 a yard.