The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…”

Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day!

Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner?

THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

The easiest way to stitch Apple Cores is by drawing them first–at least until you’ve practiced a few times.

Begin by drawing a rectangle 3″ by 4″ wide.  (Any size that fits YOUR quilt will work too!)

Draw two scallops approximately 3/4 inch below the top line and along the bottom line:

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add three scallops just below the top scallops and just above the bottom row of scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Place a small “X” in the middle of the left-sided scallops and connect the “X”s with a curve line.

Repeat on the left side.

Draw a stem and leaf on top if desired. (very lightly shown below).

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching on the left side of the apple.  Stitch the top scallop, the stem, a leaf and the right scallop.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the three scallops and trace back to the “X”.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side of the apple and the bottom scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Stitch the lower three scallops, then echo stitch back to stitch the right side of the apple.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the top scallops to the center, drop down and stitch a few petal shapes.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the bottom, echo stitch to the left side of the apple and all the way around.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Delicious! (if not nutritious!)
Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

In no time at all you’ll have more than accomplished your quota of apples for the day!

Careful…A bushel a day does NOT keep the doctor away!

May your stitches be Gala!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric on my BERNINA 770QE (with a humungous bobbin!) using Aurifil cotton 50wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon (think luster!) on top using a Superior Size 90 Topstitch needle (very large eye and deep shank.)

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

9 thoughts on “The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. Marvelous, just marvelous! You break it down and make it sew doable Lori!! Thank you very much. Pics are great as the bandwidth at this retreat in the country is limited. I did not want to miss my morning time with you. Have a great day, Allison in Plano, Texas USA (dream come true — week long retreat to celebrate a longarm milestone of completing 3,000 quilts since 1997)

  2. Love it Love it Love it! My kitchen is all apple decor and this will fit in on a new table runner and placemats beautifully! Thanks Lori, as usual, you are the BEST!

  3. I used to say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away…unless he’s you dad” (like mine was). Fun tutorial and it reminded me of my wonderful father.

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