I can finally share one of my "secret projects" because it has been shipped and received!
A bit of back story:
College friends Hill and Jon got married in July of 2011. Hill is the one who taught me quilting basics in the summer of 2004. She is super crafty. For their wedding, she made different sets of napkins for each table. The escort cards then had a swatch of fabric so that you knew what table you were assigned. (Like this idea from MS Weddings)
At the wedding, it was agreed upon by my fellow tablemates that we would take a napkin from each table and I would create something quilted for the bride and groom as a surprise.
Fast forward six months or so - I have completed their present!
My thought process was as follows. They will have leftover napkins from the wedding. I wanted to make something they could use with said napkins. I started by creating two coasters from each fabric.
After that, I had to figure out how to make 24 completely different fabrics look like they belonged together in one composition. Thank goodness for the internet!
I found inspiration and utilized this tutorial from Elizabeth Hartman and modified it for my purpose. Instead of making different quilt squares, I chose to make one long table runner -- to go with my napkins and coaster theme.
Hooray for completed projects!
To see more pictures of the runner/coasters, please visit the photo gallery: