So, here's the before. And believe it or not, this picture makes the ironing board look less nasty than some of the other photos I took.
You could make this pattern even easier and more versatile by opting out of quilting it. Instead you make two separate pieces - the ironing board pad and the ironing board cover. I would serge the two layers of batting together and add elastic bands to the top and bottom ends to secure them to your ironing board. You would then finish the cover according to the instructions but skip the quilting part altogether.
Keepin' it simple. That's how we (try to) roll.
Have a fabulous week!