A Few of My Most-Used Tools & Notions for Machine Appliqué

With the NEW Celtic Blessings Invisible Machine Appliqué class coming up in just a few weeks, I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my most-used (and most asked-about) tools and notions. These are all tools that I’ve used for years and have stood the test of time. I hope you’ll find this short list helpful!

These are all affiliate links to the exact products I purchased for my own use. Using an affiliate link does not affect the price you pay, but it does help support my website. I strongly support buying from your local quilt shop whenever possible, but sometimes you just can’t beat ordering online.

I understand that many of you live outside of the United States, and that ordering and shipping through a US site might be cost-prohibitive. If that’s the case for you, I hope these links can at least make it easier for you to find these (or similar) products where you live.

The Clover Mini-Iron II (The Adaptor)

It’s called the Adaptor because it is also available bundled together with interchangeable tips, but I find that I really only need the original tip (as shown here). I love this mini-iron because it gives me vastly superior visibility as I’m working AND is so much lighter and more maneuverable than a regular iron.

Roxanne Glue Baste It EZ Squeeze

I’ve used this water soluble basting glue for years and years, and it’s still my favorite. The fine applicator tip makes it easy to dispense the tiny dots of glue that I’m looking for. Once heat-set, the glue holds extremely well, but can easily be washed out. My only complaint was that squeezing the original bottles made my hands ache. I find the EZ squeeze bottles MUCH easier to use.

Pressing Bars

These were a little harder to find – I didn’t find the yellow plastic Quilter’s Press Bars from Collins or Dritz that I’ve used in the past, but I did find these green Clover Loop Pressing Bars that work the exact same way. I consider these a MUST for most Celtic-style appliqué.

Light Box or Tracing Pad – A3 (16.7″ x 11.9″ visual area)

Light Box or Tracing Pad – A2 (23.8″ x 16.9″ visual area)

I’ve used a number of different models and sizes over the years. These two were the most recent additions to my collection, and I’ve been very happy with them. There are very slim, easy to store or to transport to class, and have adjustable light levels.

If you are in the Celtic Blessings class, please be sure to read your supply list carefully ahead of time so you’ll have everything you need for class. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

And even if you don’t plan on joining us for class, I hope you find these links helpful. 🙂

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Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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