Tools of the Trade

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Stiletto and Seam Ripper

A seam-ripper can be a quilter’s best friend. It is a rare garment or quilt I make that doesn’t require at least a few stitches to be undone for one reason or the other. My brother-in-law, Jim, made this beautiful hand-crafted seam-ripper for me. ┬áThe tools come from kits that provide the hardware, and he turns marbled blocks of solid plastic-like material in his workshop, making the container itself.

A few weeks ago I received a small package in the mail, with the stiletto enclosed. This tool is used to keep fabric feeding through the machine when a small piece of it may be inclined to turn up, in particular at the frequent seams that cross each other in quilting. It was also perfect for working on the mitered corners of the cloth napkins I made for Cheap Art.

Like a good sewing machine, good tools can make the whole process of sewing and quilting more enjoyable!


Cheap Art

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Cheap Art, one of many holiday craft shows in Montpelier, will be happening December 14 & 15. ┬áThis fun annual event features affordable items by local artists and artisans. This year I am selling cloth napkins made from a variety of fabrics; they are anywhere from 18-22″ square, with mitered corners. They are great additions to other gifts, such as home-made food items. And I’m sharing a table with Suzanne Rexford-Winston who makes funky jewelry from paper, buttons, and other trinkets.

Sample of napkins available at Cheap Art

Sample of napkins available at Cheap Art

Thanks to artist Barbara Leber for creating Cheap Art, and keeping it running each year.

Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier, VT
Friday, December 14: 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 15: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm