The Apple Quilting 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
at this block with some lines to divide it into sections.
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
measurements, this block will finish
at 6 inches.
You begin with the
patch. Review the page on making
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
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
plus an extra 1/2 inch
piecing seam allowance to connect the 2 pieces.
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
Cut a rectangle for the piece on the right of the
stem. Be sure it is the height of your
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
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.