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The Apple Quilting Block

the apple quilt block

The Apple Quilt Block is a great novelty block that is fun to make for the kitchen. You also find it in sampler quilts.

There are several ways you can make this block.  In order to make this a frugal, easy block, we are going to eyeball most of the steps.

some grid lines on the apple block

Notice how the top row is about 1/5 of the length of the block.

The first thing you want to do is decide your finished block size.  Using simple measurements, this block will finish at 6 inches.

You begin with the geese patch.  Review the page on making flying geese, and decide how big you want to make that unit to fit the size of your apple. (Mine was 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches finished). 

Once you have made the geese patch, you can cut the body of the apple.  The width will be the 6 1/2 inch raw measurement of your block.  The length will be 6 1/2 inches, minus the size of height of the geese, plus an extra 1/2 inch piecing seam allowance to connect the 2 pieces.

Next you are going to eyeball some measurements.  Cut a strip of fabric for the stem and a small piece of background fabric for the area above the stem, and sew them together.

Cut a rectangle for the piece on the right of the stem.  Be sure it is the height of your geese unit on the same row, and a little wider than the bottom piece when the units are placed as shown to the right.

Now just lay out the pieces, and move the stem up or down until you like it. Then trim the unit  the width of the bottom.

Before you join the top and bottom, attach small squares of the background fabric to each corner of the bottom, as in the snowball block.  Make the squares approximately 1/3 the size of the finished square, plus 1 inch raw.

After you sew the top to the bottom, the block should measure 6 1/2 inches raw

This is a fun block if you don't get hung up on the measurements.  It is a novelty block, so whether you make the stem narrow or wide is up to you.  The only tricky part is making sure to cut the bottom correctly so that you have a square when you are done.

If you want to make a lot of apples to put in a row, then you may want to work out the measurements and write them down.  In that case, to make it easy, you can baste one together, and then pull it apart to measure each piece.

This would be a fun piece to make in apple fruit fabric, or to make a little larger and use for potholders.



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