The instructions in the book that calls for the use of "bias bars" to make the stems. I can't find what these things are, there doesn't seem to be a list of required materials that would suggest to me what bias bars are.....this calls for an adventure!
So, we headed out bright and early Saturday morning, and drove the hour and a quarter to visit Creekbank Sewing Machine Shop (cuz you know I need more Kim Diehl fabrics, right?). I showed them the photo of the mystery tool, and they were stumped.
Next stop was the Quilter's Nine Patch. They did know what bias bars, but didn't have any in stock, but offered to order them for me. I thanked them very much, but I would check another place--I didn't want to wait--but I would call if I didn't have any luck.
Next stop was K-W Sewing Machines, which happens to be kitty-corner from my office. Success! The clerk there REALLY REALLY wanted me to purchase bias tape makers, although I assured her that wasn't what I needed.
So .... are you scratching your head, wondering what bias bars are?