Apple Core Quilt
Eclectic and extraordinary, this Apple Core shape dares to be different. Now that’s a quilt with a passion! These shapes can be cut using a variety of fabrics or for a planned look, use your favorite fabrics by the yard.
Artist: Cheryl Adam, Guest Quilter
Theme: Quilting & Appliqué
|Qty 99 - 6" x 7" or 3 1/4 yd||Scraps or yardage||Qty 99 - Apple Core die-cuts|
|1/2 yd||Navy blue solid||See instructions for bias binding|
|45" x 55"||Backing fabric|
|45" x 55"||Batting|
- Finished Size: 40" x 50"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
Piecing the Quilt
- Take two of the apple core fabric pieces. With right sides together, line up the inside curve of one piece with the outside curve of the other. Match the center notch, pin. Match the two outside edges and pin. You might want to place some extra pins along the rest of the curve to make it easier to ease the pieces together. Carefully sew the seam together, making sure the pieces remain aligned along the outside edge. Press the seam toward the piece with the outside curve.
- Add the next piece directly opposite the seam you just sewed. It does not matter, at this point, which side you are going to add the next piece to. Repeat step 1 to add the next piece.
- Continue in this manner until you have nine apple cores in a row. You should be starting and ending the row with the long side of the apple core either vertical or horizontal. Make five more rows to match this one.
- Make five rows with the long side of the apple core at the start and end of the row in the opposite direction.
- To piece the top, start with a row from step 3 and alternate the two rows. Pin and sew one block from each row together at a time. This is slow but makes the piecing more accurate than if you would try to sew the entire row. Carefully clip the seam allowance where four blocks intersect. This will allow you to continue to press the seam allowances toward the piece with the outside curve.
- Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine, as desired.
- From the navy solid, cut two 18" squares. Carefully layer them on top of each other.
- Cut them in half diagonally. This will be the bias edge from which you measure your binding strips. Cut your strips 2" wide. You want a narrower binding because it is easier to sew around all the curves.
- Sew the binding strips together to form one long strip. Fold the binding in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and carefully press. With a 1/4" seam, sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.