It's here! The runner shipped very quickly (and dropped $10 in price the same day mine arrived, but okay). At first, the pattern seemed really huge and overwhelming, but now that it's down on the floor it feels like a really good choice.
The original plan was to take a couple of those $3 stripped cotton rugs from IKEA (brown) and stitch them together. But obviously this was more fun and fit over a couple of 2'x3' rug pads from Target just fine.
Now I just need a little time to get used to the impact.