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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Thanks so much!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Thanks so much!!!
    I went to the web site and saw that there was supposed to be a video - but I wasn't able to get it to run - what do I need to do next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Scroll up for pictures.

    Thanks so much!!!
    I went to the web site and saw that there was supposed to be a video - but I wasn't able to get it to run - what do I need to do next?

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    [make an apple core quilt. I'm not having much luck so far. :-(

    After I sew the pieces together, they do not lie flat.....they ripple. I'm hoping my photos will give you an idea of what I am doing so you can help me figure out what I am doing wrong. Should I be sewing the apple core blocks in rows? Should I be clipping & turning all four sides of the block?

    Would one or more of you lovely people please help me figure out what the problem is? Thank you in advance![/quote]


    I went on line and found the template and the instructions at the following site: http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore46.html

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    I've never made the apple core pattern but have done many circles. When doing them, you must always clip
    the curves, and take care not to stretch the curves to fit.
    They WILL fit, even though you might think they will not.
    Do the seams just inches at a time slowly and carefully. When done right...they are beautiful. You can do it.

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    Maybe try starching the fabric, this will help prevent it from stretching as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Scroll up for pictures.

    Thanks so much!!!
    I went to the web site and saw that there was supposed to be a video - but I wasn't able to get it to run - what do I need to do next?
    Me Too.

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    I think 95% of the reason why your pieces aren't laying flat is because the template/pattern is faulty.

    The seam lines should line up - and these don't.

    If you want to try this, get a different template. There is no way that I could get the sewn together pieces to lay flat using that template.
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    i bought an acrylic one at a quilt show and never had a problem. then gave the ones i sewed together away. but i'll make more one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think 95% of the reason why your pieces aren't laying flat is because the template/pattern is faulty.

    The seam lines should line up - and these don't.

    If you want to try this, get a different template. There is no way that I could get the sewn together pieces to lay flat using that template.
    Thank you for letting me know that I'm not as bad at piecing curves as I thought I was. :wink: I ended up tossing the paper template from Quilter's Cache and buying a clear plastic template at Joanns. I tried a couple of pieces tonight and they are fitting together just fine with no rippling. Whew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    Are you English Paper Piecing them? Mine did that, but when I took the paper out, they flattened nicely.
    Englih paper piecing for me too! Just seems faster and much more accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginia
    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Scroll up for pictures.

    Thanks so much!!!
    I went to the web site and saw that there was supposed to be a video - but I wasn't able to get it to run - what do I need to do next?
    Me Too.
    Thursday, Sept 29. I did find the pattern for the Apple Core on the web. I think this would be an excellent "Movie Watcher" quilt. Going to try it. It might just end up being a pillow

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    I made an apple core quilt and I did not clip any of the edges. What I did was - finger press a crease in the middle of every side. Match those up when putting together. I did pin the beginning, middle and end of each piece when putting them with the next one. I also sewed them together in long rows and then put the rows together. I found that much easier than not doing rows. I agree with whoever thought your seam allowances were to big. One more thing - spray starch is your friend doing this quilt. Spray the pices before you put them together and that will also help with stretching.
    Once you get into a rythm doing it, it will seem much easier.

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    I have never tried an apple core, but when I have curves to do..... After clipping, I sew from the middle out on the curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If you want a really easy way to do this, go to Eleanor Burns website and watch her video:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/egg/egg1.html

    It's the video called: Old Maid's Puzzle and Double Axehead. Axehead is another name for Apple Core.

    Video number is 2705. She shows how to make two blocks in this video and the first one is the Old Maid's Puzzler or Drunkards path.
    Thanks, so much, for this link. I was amazed to find the videos that go along with Elanor's books. Since I am more of a visual person, than one who likes to read directions, this was a great find for me.

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    I guess that I was just lucky. I made a largish tote bag.I did all my piecing by hand.I pinned well and hand sewed.I never did any clipping and had no puckers. As I said I guess that I was very lucky. Knitpick

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    There is a tutorial showing how to do the apple core. Very easy and very easy to follow. It's from Mo. quilting co. on U Tube. They have some very interesting quilting tutorials on there. Check it out as they just put the apple core one on this week.
    Hope it helps you.
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    I have not make an apple core quilt, however I have made a drunkers path. You should not need to clip any seams. You really don't want to clip because it will weaken your seams. Yes this is a quilt that is better done by hand, however it will come out well with a few things. I woudl suggest that you use sizing or starch (I use sizing, it is available in the market). Spray your fabric until wet and let dry until almost dry and iron dry. If you are doing this by hand, get a piece of fine grain sand paper and draw around your pattern with a pencil. I use macanical. Trim your fabric to a 1/4 seam allowance, but it doesn't have to be perfect. Place a pin in the corner and then thru the corner of the piece you are joining. Match center and other corner. Continue putting pin thru your seam line and match with seam line or ajoining piece. Check to see that you are sewing on the line. If you are doing this by machine, you still have to pin unless you have a Curve Master presser foot. It really is cool. You also have to start and stop at each corner like you would in a Y seam. Also a lot of seam will help when you are done.

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    go to Missouri Star Quilt Co and look at the tutorial and new ruler for doing this. She's great with the instructions!It's really easy to follow and comes out great. I'm getting ready to do one for a new baby.

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    Any of these curves has the potential to stretch if you are not careful. Convex curves do not have to be clipped so much as the concave ones. There are some nifty video clips on You Tube and also on the Quilt Show that show some fool proof methods of temporarily gluing the pieces together and then sewing. I recommend you watch those tutorials. You could also try to place your pattern so that the convex curve was mostly on the warp grain of the fabric in order to eliminate stretch, but anything cut on the bias will be stretchy. Even the weft of the fabric is more stretchy than the warp. All the best with the next project.
    P.S. I have a sewing foot called 'the curve master' which is ideal for sewing curved seams. There is a video on You Tube about it as well.

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    Missouri Star Quilt Company on You tube has a video by Jenny that shows you how to use it. Check it out.:)

    YouTube - Tube Tutorial - How to Quilthttp://missouriquiltco.com - Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company demonstrates the magic ... 2:40 + Added to queue The Apple Core Template by MissouriQuiltCo 2,644 views
    www.youtube.com/watch?

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    Easy to forget...but have to clip ALL curves for them to "flex" (inward/outward, still need to flex) and become completely flat. Of course...nice pressing finishes the task. Hope this helps. Blessings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    I am trying to teach myself how to make an apple core quilt. I'm not having much luck so far. :-(

    After I sew the pieces together, they do not lie flat.....they ripple. I'm hoping my photos will give you an idea of what I am doing so you can help me figure out what I am doing wrong. Should I be sewing the apple core blocks in rows? Should I be clipping & turning all four sides of the block?

    Would one or more of you lovely people please help me figure out what the problem is? Thank you in advance!
    If you happen to have the Accuquilt GO! cutter, they have a die that will cut your apple core to the exact size you need. I have the die but haven't played with it yet because I have 3 baby quilts to finish first. If you don't have the Accuquilt GO! cutter it sure is something to look into. Hope you find your answer.

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    I gave up and threw my apple core aside. Thought someday I'll learn more about this and dig it out. Looks like it's time to start digging. I'm glad you ask about the problem you're having.
    Hopefully you can get going again on your apple core project.

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