Appliquick Tools


Yesterday I traveled to visit my mother so I didn’t have a chance to answer comments – thanks for all the compliments on my red and black mariners compass that I showed.  I need to keep changing out quilts this year so they all get some use.

Seeing as I was traveling north to visit mom the Rabbits Lair was a place to stop and visit seeing as I have no local quilt shop here.  The Rabbits Lair is a nice unique shop in Rogers, Arkansas and it carries a lot of hand quilting/applique/EPP tools – so unlike most of the quilt shops that you normally see that cater to the machine quilter.  Some time ago  on some Australian, European and Scandinavian sites when I started the Love Entwined quilt (all applique) I started to see some applique tools that people were using that they swear helps you applique better – it is for preparing your applique piece.   The tools are called appliquick I started to look for them but could not find them sold in the US.  Finally I found a place and it was only 2 1/2 hours from me – how odd. (I bought no fabric! just the tools)  The link above shows them on Lynette Andersons site and how to use them.


The shop did have the scissors and tweezers that Lynette Anderson shows on her site but I’m afraid they were asking a bit too much at the shop for those.  For some reason these sticks  cost less than the other tools and it is the opposite on her website.  A lot of the pieces on Love Entwined are very little and I am using some different methods than I normally use.

The drive there and back to my mothers takes up almost 5 hours of the day so my visit is actually short – I stopped at the quilt shop first – then on to my mom and take her out to lunch and shopping – get caught up on any family news and general chit chat.

I brought the 9 Patch Quilt that I had just recently finished with me for her bed and brought her old quilt home with me to try to clean it.  I will show it later – I made it 18 years ago! wow big stitches without trying to do big stitch quilting Smile  It is so dirty on the edges I’m not sure if I will be able to clean it.  Mom is in a wheelchair for many years ( she will be 89 at the end of the year) and she does not have a big bedroom.  The wheels brush up against the quilt all the time making for a lot of black marks on a white quilt (but she won’t stop using it – she loves it).   The 9 Patch quilt lays across her bed well without hanging over the sides of the bed much so I don’t think that one will have the same problems.  I hope I have luck cleaning the old quilt.  I will need to take before and after photos!

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  • Marianne Oct 29, 2013

    I have discovered wool applique – no needle turning needed at all! My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and while I still love applique, it can get stressful for me. I have a few Dresden fan blocks I’m working on now for a swap – they are about all I can handle.

    I loved seeing your Mariner’s Compass – it is gorgeous. I agree about blacks and the fuzzies that they attract. But they can make for very stunning quilts. Right now I’m piecing a quilt with Moda Marbles black which is a little motley. So far, it’s attracting every loose thread in the house!

  • Sharon Sucher Oct 29, 2013

    I love what you shared about your mom. Quilts are made to be loved and used and it sounds like she is doing both with the quilt you made her!!! I can relate to your quilting stitches….my first quilt was beautifully pieced, but I am so embarrassed about the size of the quilting stitches. I gave it to my parents for Christmas and they loved it. I’m looking forward to your reaction to the Appliquick Tools.

  • Thimbleanna Oct 29, 2013

    Interesting — I haven’t seen those tools before. I’ll bet your mom was thrilled with her new quilt!!!

  • Nedra Oct 29, 2013

    Glad you had a nice visit with your mom, and could see a nice quilt shop all in one trip 🙂
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  • Charlotte Oct 29, 2013

    How sweet of you to take a new quilt to your mom and bring the other to be cleaned. I gave my daddy and his “new” wife a fan quilt which was taken to the nursing home. After both passed away the quilt couldn’t be found; either it got lost or her children took it, thinking she had made it. But ~ I’m not going to worry about it.
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  • Donna Oct 29, 2013

    I’ve been wondering about those applique tools. Please let us know how well they work for you. Hope you can wash out the stains of your mom’s quilt–well loved quilts are special.

  • audrey Oct 29, 2013

    Good luck cleaning the quilt! Lovely of you to bring her a new one.:)

  • ria Oct 29, 2013

    I love those Apliquick-tools!! And I also teach how to use them in the quiltshop near where I live.
    I’m an absolute fan!!!!! 😉
    The trick to use them is to keep practicing! And very soon your will feel that they become kind of an extension of your fingers….. they really will…
    Also I use Ricky Tim’s Stable Stuff Poly to work around. You can leave it in your applique and it will become a soft layer of fabric when it’s made wet. So easy!
    Have fun using your tools!
    Greetz, Ria, the Netherlands.
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  • Astrid Oct 29, 2013

    Interesting tools. I have booked marked it, just in case I one day want to do some appliqué! 🙂 Glad you had a nice visit with your mom and that you will succeed in washing off all the marks on the quilt.
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  • Glenda Australia Oct 29, 2013

    Best of luck with the cleaning of the quilt Karen, do you not have dry-cleaners that clean quilts where you are????? I have just popped in and looked at your last blog before this one and saw your black Marines compass quilt WOWWWWWW love love love it Karen. Cheers Glenda
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  • jennifer thornton Oct 30, 2013

    Hi there,
    I used oxi clean (walmart sells it in small containers) mixed up in a basin and soaked the edges in it worked real well
    I have also used peroixide mixed with water and soak the stained piece then rinse real real well
    hope this helps you.

  • Belarmina Antuña Oct 30, 2013

    Hola !!! tengo esta herramienta hace ya tiempo
    y es una gran ayuda para hacer aplicaciones
    especialmente cuando son pequeñas piezas
    espero que las disfrute tanto como yo

  • Amy Feb 6, 2014

    Can I ask what the name of the quilt shop in the US is where you found the tools?

  • Patricia Faye Apr 28, 2014

    I’ve been looking for the Appliquick Tools (the sticks) that you mentioned but I haven’t found any in the US either. Can you let us know what the quilt shop name where you purchased yours? I would love to get me a set.

  • DeAnna Mahle May 27, 2014

    Do you have these tools available to buy?If not can you give me the location where you were able to find them? I saw them demonstrated at the Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA but the line was so long to purchase. I thought I would be able to find them sold in the US but have not located any place.

  • Patricia Faye May 27, 2014

    I contacted Rabbits Lair in Rogers, Arkansas & they no longer carry the Appliquick Tools, specifically the “sticks.” I haven’t been able to find them online anywhere in the US. Maybe one day! I will continue to look for them.

  • Jeane Tucker Jul 4, 2014

    Where do you find the Appliquick papers in the States?
    I live just on the east side of Memphis & saw these tools
    from a friend at Quilt Guild yesterday. She bought them at the
    Paducah quilt show.
    Thank you,

  • Patricia F Mc Jul 5, 2014

    I found these tools at Little Quilt Store online. They aren’t in the U.S. but the postage is reasonable so I’m waiting to receive my order.

  • Karen Jul 5, 2014

    The tools that I blogged about I did find in the US at a store in Rogers AR that I mention in my blog post – I have been since told that they no longer carry them

  • Estie Aug 2, 2014
  • Barb Pampel Feb 15, 2015

    Our LQS in Oxford, Mississippi (Sit n Rock Quilt Shop) is carrying these tools now. Don’t know if she has the tweezers or not as she just presented some of her new gadgets yesterday (2/14/15) at our guild meeting. I want these for sure.

  • Ginnie Marshall Apr 23, 2016

    Just got home from the Paducah show where I was able to watch a demo of the Appliquik tools given by the lady who said she “created them” (she was from Barcelona, Spain). The demo was very interesting & made me think I might actually be able to do it. She also referred us to Jinny Beyer as someone who is a distributor for her tools and products her in the states. Have not checked this out yet but it’s a start for those who may be hunting for them.

  • JoAnna Jan 5, 2018

    Did you like the applquick tools? I am starting a couple of large needle turn projects and am considering purchasing them.

    • Karen Jan 5, 2018

      no I didn’t care for them, in fact I rarely ever even use them. I tend to use one of them to poke seams under the sewing machine foot to hold things still more than I ever used them for applique. I guess i was just so used to using my fingers and needle turn applique that I never got the hang of wrapping fabric around the papers and doing it that way – they are sitting here looking pretty standing up in a jar on my desk

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