Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Scrappy Apple Core Quilt

This past fall, I purchased the 9"Apple Core ruler by Pepper Cory for the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Last week I ended up with some unexpected vacation time and decided to hole up in my sewing room.  As I was going through my stash, I had a bunch of 6" cuts in fall colors that were for another project. The cuts were too small, so it became a scrap project.

I straightened up one edge and paired and stitched like colors together...

Then I got to cutting...

 Decided on a random look...

I had a helper and this was her look...

Miss Emma is now banned from the room until I have all of my rows sewn together.   I finger pressed a crease in the center at the top of the apple core and pinned them together. I usually pin at the beginning, middle and end of a curve.

As I stitch the curves together, I make sure the edges line up as I go.  Every few stitches, you will need to adjust the edges.  Make sure you have your needle in the down position. 

I stitched all the apple cores together into rows, and laid all the rows back in line.  I put a pin in the top of each row before I sewed the rows together so that I would not get confused.  I pinned the rows together at the beginning, middle of each apple core, and all seam allowance intersections. Sewing long rows of curving pieces takes time.  It took me about 20 minutes for each row and that includes pressing.  I was not in a hurry.

I had enough apple cores that the top without borders is about queen size.

The top came out better than I expected and it looks better in person than in the pictures.  I am thinking of leaving it as is and bind it with a solid color after quilting it.  I like the scalloped edges and I think it will look great on top of a solid colored bed spread.

Anna Dzik
Quilt Patterns, Kona Bay Solid Colored Fabrics

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