Apple Crate Quilt


Hey again!  I am Angela from Fussy Cut, and I’m back with a second Moda Bakeshop tutorial.  I had a blast with my first and I just couldn’t stay away for long. :)

Back in January of this year, I made my first quilt in this pattern. Since then I’ve received countless emails requesting a tutorial  for it.  Once I saw my friend Aneela’s latest line for Moda, I knew it was just the right fabric to recreate my quilt.  So here you go… Apple Crate! 

 – 1 fat quarter set of Little Apples by Aneela Hoey or 2 jelly rolls (I chose to use this set rather than the jelly rolls so that I could fussy cut her wonderful illustrations)
- 3.5 yards of Moda Bella White 9900-97
- 5.5 yards of Little Apples 18514-15 (clothing on gray) for backing
- 1 yard of Little Apples 18512-51 (green leaves) for binding


This quilt consists of two blocks- A and B.  They are the same exact layout and size (14″ x 16″ finished), but the prints and solids are reversed.  I’ll break down each block for you.

NOTE:  All seam allowances are 1/4″.  Press seams toward printed fabrics.

 
Cutting instructions for Block A:

from WHITE SOLID:
- cut 1 strip: 2.5″ wide x WOF (width of fabric)
- from that, subcut {2} 10.5″ strips, {2} 8.5″ strips, and {1} 4.5″ strip

from the fat quarter PRINT:
- cut 4 strips: 2.5″ x width of fat quarter (approximately 22″)
- from 2 of those, subcut {2} 14.5″ strips and {2} 6.5″ strips (one of each length listed from each strip)
- from the other 2, subcut {2} 12.5″ strips and {2} 4.5″ (one of each length listed from each strip)

To begin the block, grab {1} 2.5″ x 4.5″ solid strip for the center, {2} 2.5″ x 4.5″ print strips for the sides, and {2} 2.5″ x 6.5″ print strips for the top and bottom.

Sew the side print strips to the center solid.  Press seams.

Sew the top and bottom print strips.  Press seams.

For the next round, you need {2} 2.5″ x 8.5″ solid strips for the sides and {2} 2.5″ x 10.5″ solid strips for the top and bottom.  Sew the sides onto the block, press.  Sew the top and bottom.  Press.

For the last round of this block, you will need {2} 2.5″ x 12.5″ print fabric strips for the sides and {2} 2.5″ x 14.5″ print fabric strips for the top and bottom.  Sew sides on first, then the top and bottom.

You now have a completed Block A!  At this point it should measure 14.5″ x 16.5″.  You need to make 15 of these.  If you are making your quilt the same as mine, you will need 4 green, 3 red, 3 aqua, 3 white, and 2 gray blocks.

Time to tackle Block B!  Here are your fabric cutting instructions:

from fat quarter PRINT:
- cut 2 strips: 2.5″ wide x width of fat quarter (approximately 22″)
- from the first strip, subcut {2} 10.5″ strips
- from the second strip, subcut {2} 8.5″ strips, and {1} 4.5″ strip (if your FQ is a little short, simply cut the 4.5″ x 2.5″ strip from the remaining print fabric)

from the SOLID:
- cut 2 strips: 2.5″ x WOF
- from 1 of those strips, subcut {2} 14.5″ strips and {2} 6.5″ strips
- from the other, subcut {2} 12.5″ strips and {2} 4.5″

To begin the block, grab {1} 2.5″ x 4.5″ print strip for the center, {2} 2.5″ x 4.5″ solid strips for the sides, and {2} 2.5″ x 6.5″ solid strips for the top and bottom. 

Sew the two side strips onto the center print.  Press.  Sew the top and bottom strips.  Press.

For the next round, you need {2} 2.5″ x 8.5″ print strips for the sides and {2} 2.5″ x 10.5″ print strips for the top and bottom.  Sew the sides onto the block, press.  Sew the top and bottom.  Press.
For the last round of this block, you will need {2} 2.5″ x 12.5″ solid strips for the sides and {2} 2.5″ x 14.5″ solid strips for the top and bottom.  Sew sides on first, then the top and bottom.  You should know the drill by now! ;)

There you go, Block B!  Like Block A, it should measure 14.5″ x 16.5″ unfinished, and you need to make 15 of these.  If you are making your quilt just like mine, you need 4 gray, 3 red, 3 aqua, 3 white, and 2 green blocks.



Finishing:
Now it is time to assemble your quilt top!  There will be five blocks in each row with a total of six rows.  Alternate your A and B blocks.  If you’d like, please refer to the first pictures in this post for my specific layout.  Sew together each row, and then combine the rows to make your quilt top.

To make your quilt backing, simply cut your gray clothing yardage in half then sew together lengthwise.  Give it a good press, and then you are ready to layer, baste, quilt.  I chose to free motion quilt in a meandering pattern.  I love the round quilting curves with these blocks, they really soften up the straight lines.  Using your green leaf fabric, bind in your preferred method.  That is it; you’re finished!

One charming quilt!

It is a slightly oversized twin measuring approximately 70″ x 96″.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, I had so much fun writing it for you!  If you make this quilt, please let me know.  I’d really love to see it.  Happy quilting!
With love,
Angela
{Fussy Cut}

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