Well, I found the instructions on another blog. This one, to be specific. Still, I did all the cutting and sewing and whatnot myself. Small victories, people.
Made it myself. I was just as amazed as you are.
I love those fabric bundles they sell at the fabric store. I found a great "Americana" one that I really wanted to use for a tablecloth or something, but I couldn't make the math work. And I vowed after my college calculus class was over that I would never add more than three numbers together in my head because I value my sanity.
I took my fabric bundles and cut 2" strips of the pretty patriotic fabric. I left some 6" strips too, because this runner is reversible and I wanted different patterns on the front and back of the runner.
I lined up my 2" strips onto my batting and started sewing. HERE'S WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT: The blogger I followed sewed her strips right onto the batting. Because she's totally a quilting rock-star and is much more talented than I am. When I did that, my strips got a little... wonky. So if I did this again, I wouldn't sew the strips directly to the batting until the quilting part. PSA over.
I took two strips and put them together, right sides facing each other. I sewed with a 1/4" seam allowance and then pressed the seams open.
I did that to the entire runner and then the backside as well. This was really simple, but did take some time because I kept having to go to the bathroom and tinkle. SWEET MOSES, IF THIS KID DOESN'T MOVE OFF MY BLADDER, I'M INVESTING IN DIAPERS.
Anyhoo, once I had all the strips sewn together, I attached the batting and the backside. I quilted it with my sewing machine, using straight lines and just eye-ballin' it. I felt like I knew what I was doing for a minute.
Once it was quilted together, I used my rotary cutter to trim the edges to the size I needed. I was already in love.
Once that was done, I used the same blog to bind the edges. I did that. It really happened. That blogger deserves some sort of medal for writing a tutorial on quilt binding that I understood. Maybe she needs a parade, too. I'll work on it.
Once the binding was done, so was I. I love it so much, I did another similar project that I'll share eventually. Probably a thousand years from now, but these things can't be rushed. And now, I need to tinkle again.