I wanted the patchwork to be the border so I just needed to figure out the measurements for the top piece and backing. With that done I set about making an enourmous strip of patchwork double the width of the intended borders. Once finished I cut the patchwork into strips for the sides and ends and attached to my center panel. I lined the runner with flannel for a bit of weight and backed with a cotton.
I'm quite pleased with the results and so is the dudely. He does find it odd that I'd place the runner between us at the table. However, that is purely practical. It means we have to fling the food farther to stain the runner. And believe me that is important with him at the table. He once flung lobster onto the back of my cream couch.