I love my new table runner and I loved it when I first saw it in the book Livin Large by Heather Mulder Peterson. In fact, there are quite a few quilts in that book that I'm planning on making. The table runner was very easy to make and the directions were great. I'm also now a fan of Heather Mulder Peterson's blog, you ought to check it out.
The braiding is actually laid over a solid piece of fabric and is raw edge.