Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a crafter, sewer, or quilter. I missed the genes that run in my family and bestow the ability to turn piles of material into beautiful handmade heirlooms.
However, as Christmas approached I thought it would be nice to make handmade items as gifts. I googled "homemade Christmas gifts" and - no offense, anyone - the lists I came up with were stupid. I don't want to give popsicle stick picture frames, or juice-can coasters. I want things that will last, that people can use, and that will hopefully conjure positive memories of me whenever they see it.
However, a few days ago I noticed my sister Anna, who did receive the gene *grumblegrumble* putting stitches on an incredibly beautiful table runner. I mean, Martha Stewart/House Beautiful type table runner. I examined it and discovered it was completely made of 2" strips of material, all straight seams, and no lining up pesky corners, angles, etc, etc, etc. I still wasn't totally convinced I could create a masterpiece like Annas, though...
... until I tried. :) If I can do it, anyone can do it.
I will be posting a mini-tutorial later on, but I just had to take a moment to brag. :)
(Isn't this material, quite frankly, rad? :)