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This is the sandboard that Linda and I designed and C&T produced. The sandpaper is smooth, not coarse, which makes it so much easier to trace against. It is lightweight, but firm, measuring 11" x 14 3/4". I use this board every day - on my lap at night and on the table when I am tracing onto fabric.
The back is white with pretty flowers in two corners. It is smooth, but not slick, so it stays in place well on your table or lap. Use this side when you need a firm, light surface to write on or trace against.
NOTE: The sandboard won't fit in a flat rate box. Shipping in the US will be approx $10.95, $26 to Canada, and $36 everywhere else. More than one thing will fit in the box, up to 2 lbs.
A tip from Linda: Take a 2nd sheet of sand paper and buff the sandpaper side of your new board. It makes it even better.
This 9" x 10 1/2" sandboard is good for those times when you need a small board to carry with you. (FYI - it fits inside the new Applique Caddy.)
Smooth black sandpaper is mounted on masonite. The corners are rounded to help it glide into your project bag
As we do with every sandboard, I sanded mine with another sheet of sandpaper to make it even smoother.
You'll want to know more about this than I can write here so I've put these on their own page. Click here for more info.
Originally intended to use with long-arms, the clamp is made from a mostly rigid, orange, heavy-duty plastic and it has an interesting flange on the side. You know what? You can hang things from that flange!
The plastic stretches to fit around most tables. The tips of each side of the clamp are not slick and to help keep them in place and to help protect the surface of your table.
I will probably use them to help hold quilt layers in place on my table when I baste but I think having just one in a class would be very handy to hang your trash bag from. Way better than a paper bag taped to the table!
We use this product to make our templates. Each sheet of plastic is sticky on one side - peel off the backing and stick it to the paper copies of your pattern to make templates. It's great!
10 sheets for $9.00
This new pencil from Sewline comes with white, black/gray, and pink 0.9 mm chalks. It is handy to have three colors in one pencil! The pencil comes loaded with one lead in each color.
Click here for details on how this pencil works. It is worth the few minutes it takes to watch the video.
I will use the white and gray more often, but it may be handy to have the pink for those rare cases where nothing else will work.
This pencil uses a soft 9mm water soluble chalk to make a line you can see that isn't too thick. The chalk is firm enough not to break as you draw on fabric.
As near as I can tell the only difference between this pencil and the Bohin, below, is the pencil itself. The Sewline feels nicer in the hand and is easier to refill. However, they both use the same 9mm refills.
You might want to order two pencils so that you don't have to keep changing the color of chalk as you work.
$15.95 - Sewline Pencil with White Chalk included
$6.50 - 9mm White Sewline Refills
$6.50 - 9mm Gray/Black Sewline Refills - Use a light touch to make line that you can see on lighter fabric.
This is our favorite white chalk pencil. It makes a line that you can see and it brushes off well. It sharpens to a nice point. (Note: if your pencil breaks every time you sharpen it you probably need a new sharpener.)
$3.10 for 2 Pencils and a Sharpener
If you only need one pencil...
Have you ever had a chalk pencil that breaks every time you sharpen it? One thing that can cause that to happen is a dull sharpener. This is a wonderful pencil sharpener with openings for both large and small pencils.
I finally found a use for glue! I'm using this glue pen to baste the seam allownces to the paper in English paper piecing. It works, it's fast, and I love it!
Run the glue along the edge of the paper, not the fabric. Fold the fabric over the edge of the paper and onto the glued area. The glue comes in blue, pink, or yellow but it dries clear. Once dry, it holds the fabric securely but it also releases with little effort. Click here for a how-to video.
Each package has 2 cartridges.
One of the most appealing aspects of applique is that it is portable. You can applique almost anywhere. But it can be a challenge to figure out how to carry your block - and all those applique pieces - from place to place without messing them up or losing them.
We are happy to be able to share our system for storing and carrying applique blocks in progress. And since a video is worth a thousand printed words, click here to see how it works.
$14.95 for one caddy with 3 folios
NOTE: The travel sandboard fits inside this pouch!
This frosted vinyl is transparent when placed on top of the fabric and is perfect for making placement overlays for your applique. It is non-stretchy, flexible, and thin enough to be able to pin through easily. The frosted vinyl does not require the tissue paper that comes with the vinyl we have used in the past.
Click here to see how to make and use a placement overlay.
Each package has a 36" x 54" piece of frosted vinyl.
$5.75 per package
HERE'S A TIP: If your vinyl has creases from folding, warm it up to relax the creases. A blow dryer works well. Do not iron the vinyl.
Karen Kay Buckley designed this wonderful set of circle templates made from a heat resistant plastic. This package contains 15 different circle sizes, 4 of each size, ranging from 7/16" to 2" for a total of 60 circles. Included is a handy ring to hold put the templates on for safe-keeping.
Karen Kay Buckley has added bigger sizes to her Perfect Circle templates.There are ten different sizes ranging from 2-1/4” to 4-1/2”. These bigger sizes are great for the center of a Mariner’s Compass block, Drunkard’s Path blocks, traditional appliqué and so much more.
Perfect Ovals™ are made from the same heat resistant plastic as the Perfect Circles® so you can use them as templates or with an iron on a medium heat setting. Inside each package are Karen's detailed directions along with 20 ovals, 10 sizes, 2 of each size. Use them to make grapes and flower petals and more!
Linda and I used bias bars like these way back in the day. Karen Kay Buckley has brought them back and we're happy that she did.
These bars have a ridged side that grips the fabric a bit to make moving the bar inside the stem easier.
Five widths and operating instructions are included.
These handy dandy little clips hold your binding in place, making it easier to sew. They are especially designed for sewing binding on the machine and boy do they work! They hold the back of the binding perfectly in place. I don't sew binding by machine often, but when I do I will always use Wonder Clips.
They are also good when binding by hand. My DF Steve uses them when he sews my bindings by hand. (I am such a lucky woman!)
$6.95 for 10 Wonder Clips
Honestly, 10 wonder Clips are not enough. Once you try them and realize you need more, it's easier to order the pack of 50. They come in a very nice storage box.
$33.00 for 50 Wonder Clips
While you can put all kinds of images on fabric and use that fabric in many ways, I think these are the perfect thing for making documentation patches! Each package contains 6 sheets of 200-thread count cotton 'pages' ready to be printed on. Follow the instructions and you will have washable fabric that doesn't feel rubbery. Yay!
$19.99 Package of 6 Inkjet Fabric Sheets
Included are 2 black Multimark Permanent Eraseable pens (small and medium tips) AND 1 Permanent Silver PITT Artist Pen. All work on fabric. The silver is great on dark fabrics!
The black pens also write on non-porous surfaces like plastic, vinyl, or glass. I am using the small tipped pen to draw my overlays.
These black pens are erasable and come with a handy eraser. I wouldn't want to try to erase an entire placement overlay because it would take too long but if you make a mistake and need to remove the mark, you can. These are nice pens!
$12.95 Quilter's Pen Set
This permanent marker is the old stand-by. It is perfect for drawing on vinyl to make your placement overlays for applique.
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