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Old 09-13-2018, 03:52 AM
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I'm wanting to dwindle down some of my 10 inch squares and have thought about an apple core quilt. But I've never worked with curves before. It seems that doing a lot of pinning is what is successful in getting the curves right. Who has made one of these quilts before and did you enjoy the process? Any tips to pass on?
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Jenny at the MQSC did a tutorial on making the Apple core with 10" squares . She even designed a ruler that big for it too. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GiUnxkDikLg . I have never made one yet, but its on my bucket list, especially with that cool ruler!
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Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
I'm wanting to dwindle down some of my 10 inch squares and have thought about an apple core quilt. But I've never worked with curves before. It seems that doing a lot of pinning is what is successful in getting the curves right. Who has made one of these quilts before and did you enjoy the process? Any tips to pass on?
Agree! patience and pinning is your key to success.

While I have not made a quilt, I have made a large apple core runner of smaller cores.
As I worked along, I folded the edges, to find the centre and 1/4 point.
Then matched them to the next ....... pinned and sewed.

The first few were a bit clumsy and awkward and soon enough, I found my groove,
and it was smooth after that!!!

I quite enjoyed it and would not hesitate doing another apple core project ..... sometime!

Good Luck with yours ... and remember, patience and pinning!
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I bought a "curve master" gadget just for the purpose of making an Apple Core quilt....alas it is still in it's plastic container, maybe someday.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:23 AM
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I found a Shar Jorgenson template/directions for Apple Core at the Goodwill about a month ago. Bought the template to use in the "someday" future, most likely with my homespun plaids.

I haven't done one before but I have done several drunkard's path variations as well as fan quilts. Similar to what QuiltE said, for me it works best to finger press the center line and then sew/pin out from it, depending on the size that might mean I actually sew it from the center twice (once in each direction), other times I do it in a single curve.

Here's the link to the template -- it includes a how to video on Shar's method (which apparently uses a glue stick instead of pins!):
https://qheartland.com/collections/t...e-template-set

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I made one about 5 years ago. The larger the core is, the easier it is to piece the curves. My pattern was from a magazine and I just traced out the template on freezer paper. apple-core-finished-march-2013001-small-.jpg
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Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
I made one about 5 years ago. The larger the core is, the easier it is to piece the curves. My pattern was from a magazine and I just traced out the template on freezer paper.
Great quilt TBug ... much like mine, complete with the binding.

*hint* Unlike TBug, freezer paper and me just don't get along!
Instead, I had my glass shop guy cut the templates for me from plexiglass.
Then stacked layers of fabric, and used a small rotary cutter to zip around the template.
In no time, I had my apple cores cut and waiting for me!
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I started an apple core years ago and found sewing the shapes together was easy. Someone told me the best way was to put the convex shape on top, which worked quite well.


However, sewing the rows together was a pain with this method, because every other block in a row of blocks is convex, and it's not very practical to sew a block, then pull it off the sewing machine, flip it around, then sew the next block, pull it off the sewing machine, flip it around, and so on. So in frustration, I wadded it up, threw it in a corner, and pouted.

Does Jenny's video address the assembly issue at all? My work computer doesn't have speakers.

Maybe I should dig that project out after all, it might make a great hand-piecing project to watch during football games.
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Nightmare, never so pleased to see the end of something ever. Much bad language spoken.
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Originally Posted by charley26 View Post
Nightmare, never so pleased to see the end of something ever. Much bad language spoken.
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But it turned out beautifully! But I can only imagine that it is indeed vexing and as much a I like the pattern, I value my sanity more! Kudos to you for finishing it.
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