In conjunction with the embroidered dinner napkins I posted a bit ago, here is the aforementioned table runner.
What is a table runner anyway? It's that thing, usually some form of textile, that ones puts on a table, roughly in the center, to look pretty. Ok, it may also protect the table top from hot dishes, but it's function is usually decorative.
It may ground the spot for various tablescaping vignettes. "Tablescaping"? As in, landscaping a table? Yep. A display of candles, flowers, framed photos, odd antiques, etc. needs a mat of some kind to frame it horizontally in space on the table top.
A perfect excuse to craft a tiny quilt, in my mind.