‘A” is for Apple…A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial


On my sidebar, you may have noticed the Apple-link to ALL the free motion quilt tutorials (just click on the apple and– magic–all the tutorials appear!) –I have had several requests for a tutorial for the apple.  With the end of the school year just weeks away, one reader suggested The Apple would make a great gift for teachers…Thanks, LaVonne for the idea…so here we go!


Begin by drawing a square.  In the sample below, I drew a six-inch square (using the Clover chaco-liner pen).

Begin stitching 1-1/4 inches below the top line.  Stitch up to create the curvy top of the apple, then down and at a slight angle to the bottom line.  On the bottom line,  stitch a slight wave and then up again to create the left side of the apple.

Do not fret too much about the shape of your apple.  In nature, apples are very oddly shaped. The key is a little wave at the top and bottom of the apple.

NOTE-Leave a small gap between the beginning stitches and the top of the apple which you just stitched.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a triangle stem.  Again, leave a gap–

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch a leaf-single or double.

Stitch through “the gap” and echo the upper left side of the apple.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a spiral and echo back to the top of the apple. (See The Spiral tutorial HERE)

This apple is complete the way it is, or you can echo around the entire apple and leaf for a more finished look.  (Not shown here.)

Apple Free Motion Quilt TutorialIf you want a fancy-schmancy apple- (Remember how nice that teacher was to your little tyke….!

Instead of returning to the top of the apple, drop down and add another spiral…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo around the spiral and add more spirals…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial…until you fill the entire apple.

Then echo stitch around the apple and  knot off. (See Knots HERE and HERE)

An apple so good you’ll want to make a pie!

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched with Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.


For an  free motion quilted table runner with apples..see HERE

For another (UFO) apple project, check this out HERE

And for a completed apple project HERE


Lori Appleseed

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