I've always had this silent beef with coasters. Not the idea of them, mind you; just their lack of efficiency and typical inability to catch drips or really keep our furniture safe. Even eco-friendly cork options only guard our goods against a hot cup of coffee. So when push comes to shove, my money is on a handmade quilted version.
Martha Stewart takes a page from the book, Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and I'm glad she did. These coasters not only make great accessories for your own home but are a great housewarming gift for friends and family. You can knock out a set of 4 in the time it takes to watch an episode of Mad Men.
All you'll need are some fabric squares (which should help put those remnants to use) and a little batting. No bells or whistles, and each one will have the ability to catch all the drips from your summer and early fall drinks without leaving a ring on your vintage coffee table!
(Image: Martha Stewart)