Someone here in the North Country did not get the memo about Spring arriving this week!
I got a few emails and comments asking about things in my applique basket, so here's a few of the things I love to use:
1- Freezer Paper: when I'm only do one of a shape, I'll use freezer paper for the template. Otherwise I use heat-resistant mylar. This is not kept in the basket because it needs to be stored flat.
2- Clover Mini Iron: LOVE this improved iron, the red guard definitely helps to prevent burnt fingers.
3- MaryEllen's Best Starch - starch alternative , great for use with the mylar templates, but beware, it has a color to it, so it may temporarily leave a mark on light colored fabrics. But it washes out....
4- Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles and Bigger Circles -- you know me and circles!
5- Clover Tape Makers - I have these in a bunch of sizes, they are the fast and easy way to make bias vines.
6- Basting Glue - sometimes those pins are just too pesky, so I glue the pieces down. I always soak the blocks after applique is done to wash out the glue or starch.
Of course, everyone has their own way to prep applique, you have to do what works best for you, these are just the things I like to use.....but that doesn't stop me from shopping, you never know when you'll see the next best thing!
Hugs and Stitches!