The Sweetheart Apple-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back from the most fabulous trip to The John C. Campbell Folk School. Later this week,  I will tell you all about the Folk School and the amazing students.  But there’s work first—we have to pick apples!

Apples are the quintessential fall motif.  They represent the bounty of autumn, back-to-school, good health…

There’s an apple for every appetite (and every quilt!)


Begin by drawing any size square.  For the example here, the squares are 2-1/2 inches.

Begin stitching along the bottom line.  Stitch to the center of the bottom line.

Stitch the letter “C” from bottom, up.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a short stem line, stitch over 2 – 3 stitches and stitch to the middle of the stem line.  Stop.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a simple leaf, then continue down the stem.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a backward “C” to complete the right side of the apple.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a vertical line up the center of the apple, then closely echo stitch the right side of the centerline.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a spiral.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Spiral to the outside–closely echo stitching the previous line.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Cross the centerline to stitch the left spiral.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Closely echo stitch the outside of the spiral. Stitch under the Apple with a wavy to begin the next motif in the row or knot off for a single motif.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Yum!–Add a little peanut butter or caramel…

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good enough for YOUR sweetheart!

What about YOU?

Do YOU love apples?

What’s YOUR favorite?




Lori Appleseed

PS…Later this evening, I will be participating in a FREE Sulky Webinar-on doodling, machine quilting, thread, pattern transfer and so much more–and it includes a Giveaway, coupons, and free patterns.

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PPS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE (a domestic sewing machine) with Sulky 30 wt Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

14 thoughts on “The Sweetheart Apple-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. Hi Lori – Great timing for this post. I have been working on an Apple Medallion Quilt for a few weeks. I put off the FMQ motifs because I wanted something with – you guessed it, APPLES! These little gems will be perfect partner for one of the thick borders. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques. PS – I also love the A is for Apple as well. I signed up for the sulky webinar. Hope I can stay awake it! V-

  2. Hi Lori!! (waving… can you see me? lol) Great tutorial as always. I can see this being altered to be a pumpkin also. 🙂 See what you’ve stirred up here. :)))
    Thanks for the link to the webinar, I am looking forward to it.
    Happy Autumn!!!

  3. Hi Lori, thank you for another awesome motif. I signed up for the webinar, excited to see you and learn more about the book. I will use the apple on some things I am making for my kitchen. Keep up the great work you are doing, appreciate you so much!

    • Whiskers, ( Shhhh….Did you see the eyes?…shhhh!)
      Yep I remember the inbox discussion about seeing eyes everywhere..
      forget what it is called…

  4. Seems I just get to check in here and there since the twins were born!! I love everything apple!! This is so cute. Believe it or not I was just doodling some apples the day before you posted this trying to work a design for my see through bag that has adorable Apple fabric in the see through part. Needless to say it ended up with loopity loops! That’s ok…it was a small space and already had cute fabric. It gave me the idea to use solid fabric next time though with a cute quilted Apple inside! 🙂

  5. I used this apple design on my granddaughter’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt and loved the way it came out! I thought it went well with the apple that the caterpillar ate through. It was a fun and easy machine quilting design to do. Thanks for the idea!

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