AN APPLE FOR MY TEACHER
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!
‘A’ IS FOR APPLE TUTORIAL
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.
Stitch a triangle stem. Again, leave a gap–
Now stitch a leaf-single or double.
Stitch through “the gap” and echo the upper left side of the apple.
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.)
If 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…
Echo around the spiral and add more spirals…
…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!
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.
MORE APPLES (AND MORE UFOs)
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
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