Apple of My Eye Quilt

Apple core quilts are traditional quilts that have never gone out of fashion! This classic pattern will help you to master curved piecing for a fun, one-patch quilt that is sure to be a favorite.

The apple cores in this quilt finish at six inches tall and three inches wide. I like this size because they are small enough to have a nice, scrappy effect, but big enough so that the piecing moves along. This size allows for more gentle curves, which are a bit easier to manage when first working with curved seams.

I know, I know, curved seams can be scary! But, trust me, being comfortable with curved seams is a great skill to have in your sewing repertoire. New York beauties, double wedding rings, drunkard’s path—the blocks that use curved seams are just stunning, and you will be glad when you are comfortable with the technique. Think of this project as one big skill building exercise!

This is not a quick quilt to make, but it is satisfying to successfully piece all the curves. It is a particularly well-suited project for this time of year—I sat on my porch with my apple cores and some pins, passing the time pinning the shapes together while enjoying the summer nights. What a wonderful combination! So, grab some iced tea and a rocking chair and get comfortable!

This quilt finishes at 51″ by 57″.

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36 fat eighths OR 18 fat quarters

3 1/2 yards backing fabric

1 yard binding fabric

One-derful One Patch Apple Core Template

Lots of pins

 

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Cutting the Apple Core Shapes

Using the apple core ruler, trace the apple core shapes on the fat eighths and cut each one out. You should be able to comfortably cut four apple cores from each fat eighth (or eight from each fat quarter), though they might need to be offset just a bit. (Tip: Save the extra bits and check out an idea for the scraps at the end of this tutorial!)

If the fabric is directional—like these darling hearts—you may want to cut some apple core shapes horizontally and some vertically and vary the positions accordingly in the quilt.

You will need a total of 143 apple core shapes.

 

Joining the Apple Cores Shapes

In this tutorial, I refer to the top curve as a hill and the side as a valley.

The quilt is made up of 13 rows, with each row consisting of 11 apple core shapes. Set aside 13 apple core shapes and sew the apple cores together in groups of five, half beginning and ending with a vertical apple core shape and half beginning and ending with a horizontal apple core shape.

Mark the center of each apple core shape and pin together. I did so by folding each shape in half and quickly finger pressing a center mark.

Pin the centers together.

Pin the outer edges together.

Keep placing pins midway between the pins already placed. I found it easiest to pin the shapes together with the valley on the top and the hill on the bottom. You may need to gently stretch the valley piece to pin it in place.

Use lots of pins! You will want to use at least ten pins when joining each pair of apple core shapes together.

There’s no getting around it—all this pinning can be time-consuming. But it’s worth it for nice, smooth curves. And pinning is a nice take-along work. I kept a tray with my supplies for easy portability.

Sew the apple core shapes together. At some point, you will get a tuck. Don’t panic! Simply remove the seam around the tuck, smooth, pin, and re-sew the area.

At some point, you will get a tuck. Don’t panic! Simply remove the seam around the tuck, smooth, pin, and re-sew the area.

Press seams towards the apple cores positioned horizontally in the row.

Continue in this manner until you have joined all but 13 of the apple cores shapes together in groups of five. Remember that half should begin and end with a vertical apple core and half should begin and end with a horizontal apple core shape.

 

Sewing the Rows Together

You should have 26 sets of five apple core shapes (half beginning and ending with a vertical apple core shape and half beginning and ending with a horizontal apple core shape) and 13 single apple core shapes.

Each row will consist of two sets of five apple core shapes, one beginning with a vertical apple core and one beginning with a horizontal apple core. Alternate which type begins each row. Move the sets around to avoid any pattern repeats or clumps of color. When you have a pleasing layout, add the eleventh apple core shape to the end of each row.  Pin together and sew, remembering to press towards the horizontal apple cores.

Before joining the rows together, mark the center of each shape (both the top and the bottom). I did this by quickly pressing the pieces in half. It’s easier to do this before you begin joining the rows together.

Working row by row, pin the rows together using the same techniques outlined above. Be sure to nestle the seams together where the apple cores meet.

Press the seams down, clipping the curves as needed.

 

Binding

Because the edges are curved, you will need more binding than if the quilt had straight edges. You will also need to cut your binding on the bias so that it is stretchy enough to work around the curves easily.

I cut a 30 inch square from my binding fabric and cut 2 1/2″ binding strips on the bias.

 

Finishing

I quilted the quilted on a longarm machine using the pattern Merrily. This quilt finishes at 51″ by 57″.

 

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Enjoy your freshly baked apple core quilt! A special thank you to reader Emma who suggested an apple core quilt in a comment on a previous quilt.

Remember all the scraps left from between the apple core shapes? They are perfect for one of my favorite quilt patterns, an orange peel quilt. (Turn your apples into oranges!) Check out my blog for a pattern for a sweet little wall hanging using up those little scraps.

Christine Weld
{The Quarter Inch}

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Christine Weld

I am a blogger at thequarterinch.blogspot.com with a passion for writing quilt patterns. I particularly enjoy designing quilts with modern fabrics and novelty fabrics.

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22 comments on “Apple of My Eye Quilt

  1. Guida says:

    Love this quilt, thanks heaps.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, Christine! I’m especially loving the curved green binding. It’s such a great finishing touch! 🙂

    • Christine Weld says:

      Thanks, Kristina! It was my first time doing a curved binding, but this quilt definitely called for it!

  3. cruisefan says:

    What a nice pattern (and the way you wrote this tutorial is really lovely!)
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Betty says:

    Thank you for a stunning quilt, plus it is a “have to make” and it will make me improve my curves. No nothing will improve my curves, but sewing curves will be fun.

  5. Jenny Krebsbach says:

    I agree with the skill building aspect. Don’t be afraid just try it! I made a scrappy one with paper pieces and I’ve started one with bigger machine-sewn cores. Love the bright green binding!

  6. Donna Irmis says:

    This post inspires me to sew up the red and green batik apple cores that I cut out. I tried hand sewing them, but was defeated by the close weave of batik fabric. Now I’ll tackle them by machine. Should be fun! Thanks.

    • Christine Weld says:

      So glad you are inspired! I greatly admire handwork, but it is not my passion–I am a machine sewist through and through!

  7. 增达网 says:

    如果上天再给我一次机会,我会对你的博客说,下次还来看你!

  8. Louise says:

    Gorgeous design! Great job, Christine! Will definite put it on my “to do” list!

    • Christine Weld says:

      Thanks, Louise! It was fun to sew a project that was not square at all!

      • Louise says:

        Christine, Was the apple core template you used 4,5″?
        If so, the template is perfect for charmpacks.

        • Christine Weld says:

          This pattern is a bit too large for charm squares. The apple cores finish at 6 inches tall (so are cut at 6 1/2 inches). I love the scrappy look of apple core quilts made from charm squares, but I find the larger pieces have more gentle curves, making them a bit more pleasant to piece.

          You could cut there from layer cake squares, but there would be a bit too much fabric waste for my liking!

  9. Thanks for sharing this valuable information to our vision. You have posted a trust worthy blog keep sharing.

  10. Vanessa says:

    The Ingredients list a template, but then there is a reference to a ruler in the instructions. If there is a template (and I hope there is!), it doesn’t appear to be included.

  11. Christine Weld says:

    Hi, Vanessa! The template listed in the ingredients is a ruler type template by Marti Michell, so I used the terms interchangeably, though I probably shouldn’t do that as I see how it can be confusing. My apologies! You can use that product, or search the internet for a template. There are many out there, as well as instructions for making your own! The catch is that each one is slightly different, which changes the final measurements of the quilt a bit. Whichever one you use, I suggest making a few practice patches first. Also, make sure the size template you are using is a good fit for the fabric you have (for example, if your template is too wide, you might not be able to fit four apple core shapes on a fat eighth).

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