Mary, our wonderful tips and hints woman, has shared some links that may be helpful to you.
First up, is a nice article from Threads magazine on pins. Just click here and it will take you directly to the article.
Second up, is a link to the water soluble applique stabilizer (whew, that is a mouthful). Click here to go to Jukebox Quilts site to purchase the item.
Please contact me or leave a comment if you are unable to go to the links provided.