|The new and improved Apple Core block|
And this was the result. A big puckered wavy mess! I made my own 4.5 inch template using this truly great tutorial, but I don't think my template was 100% accurate and those inaccuracies just multiplied as I traced, cut and sewed. I didn't want to show you a method that I couldn't complete decently...
...so, I went to the store and bought an apple core plastic template so I could have an accurate template, but when I checked to make sure that the top of the apple nestled in with the sides along the stitching lines it didn't! What!?! I started to get very worried about my ability to get this block made.
But I guess all's well that ends well, because this morning, I made this block and I like it. No puckers and very little waviness. It is the block that we will make this week in the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler. If I can do it, you can too. :)
this apple core template from Quilter's Cache. The template is the size of the finished apple core, so we will need to add seam allowance ourselves.
Line up the notches on the apple top and apple side. Pin.
Pin the edges of the apple pieces together.
Press towards the apple sides. Join all three rows.
-Next match the notches of the apple tops with the notches of the apple seams and pin them.
-Pin the ends of the rows together.
-Make the 1/8 inch notches along the apple core sides
-and then wiggle and pin between each middle notch and seam pin.
It will be a big bumpy lumpy pinny mess when all the pins are in.
Take your time and sew the row together - stop regularly to line up and adjust the fabric as needed.
Press. Really press. I want you to get out the spray starch and make the block as stiff as a piece of paper. Trust me, it will really help when trimming the block to size and adding the border especially if the block has any waviness.
- Trim the block to 10.5 inches square.
- Cut two 2 x 10.5 inch strips and two 2. x 13.5 inch strips of border fabric.
- Sew the 10.5 inch strips to each side of the apple core block. Press towards the border.
- Sew the 13.5 inch strips to the other sides of the block. Press towards the border fabric.
And it is done!!!