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    Has anyone tried making the apple core block with Quiltsmart? I have the instructions but doesn't seem to work. My points aren't lining up the way they should. everything is cut correctly so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. If anybody has a tute or better yet a video that would be great. Thanks everyone.

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    Are you sure your seams are scant 1/4". That is usually my problem when something comes out wrong...

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    I tried the Apple Core - unless you are good with curves good luck! I gave up.

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    i will have to look at that one

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    @mom-6
    The seam allowance is really irrelevant when using Quiltsmart.


    @Mimmis57
    What "points" are you taking about on the AppleCore?
    They alternate horizontal and vertical, and the curved sections fit into each other.

    Before you turned the pieces, did you make sure you didn't have excess seam allowance? After you turned them, did you smooth out the edges and make sure there are no folds in seam? I use my fingernails, but you could also use a wooden iron.

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    They don't alternate. They only go horizontally. The space left between them forms the other apple core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimmis57
    They don't alternate. They only go horizontally. The space left between them forms the other apple core.
    Um, no.

    I had a hard drive crash so I lost my pictures of my quilt but here's the pic from the pattern

    http://quiltsmart.com/khxc/index.php...ssic_applecore

    Although, I suppose you could do it the way you're doing it if you wanted a more uniform effect. But that's not the way the product was originally intended - at least not the AppleCore pattern.

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    Sorry do you mean this,or is it printed on that muslin fabric.

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    @Connie
    That's a perfect picture to demonstrate how the pieces nest together.

    I think Mimmis57 was trying to fuse/applique them directly to a background fabric. I could see how that would be....not fun.

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    I'm doing mine by hand piecing.I think she's making it harder on herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I'm doing mine by hand piecing.I think she's making it harder on herself.
    Well maybe not.Looks like she might just iron all the cores onto the backs of different fabric's then cut them out? Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I'm doing mine by hand piecing.I think she's making it harder on herself.
    Well, personally, I'd jump off a cliff before I did any hand piecing ;), but even doing it via machine applique, nesting them one at a time (my method) would be easier.

    Some of the Quiltsmart interfacings are done that way - like the Drunkard's Path, where background fabric is used as part of the design.

    I've had some friends who appliqued the AppleCore to background fabric, but used muslin, as the intention was to cover the whole thing with AppleCores pieces. I took a slightly different, more convoluted approach (because that's how I roll ;-) ) but the end was the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I'm doing mine by hand piecing.I think she's making it harder on herself.
    Well maybe not.Looks like she might just iron all the cores onto the backs of different fabric's then cut them out? Connie in CO
    Wait! Are you even using the Quiltsmart? Because if you're not, that's a whole other discussion. The methods aren't comparable.

    @Mimmis57
    The interfacing and fabric are sewn right sides together - the right side of the interfacing being the fusible side. NO IRONING. You sew along the outline with a smaller length stitch.

    You cut a little piece of the interfacing - I think the newer ones are even marked with an "x" to snip. Take care not snip though to the fabric. Then you turn them inside out (or birth them, or whatever you want to call that method).

    You smooth out the shape so there aren't tucks or pleats along the edges.

    Now you have a couple of choices after you decide on your layout.

    You can machine applique them to each other - exactly as shown in Connie's picture upthread. You do a row, then join rows. Or work in squares. However you want. It's a tessellation, so it will always fit together.

    Another way to do it is to applique it to a background fabric, usually muslin (as it's not going to be seen), and continue adding pieces, nesting them one into the next.

    Me - I prefer the first method. I had a hard time keeping the background fabric smooth. My friend, however, did not. So go figure.

    Finishing the quilt is another story, but that's the basic tenet of Quiltsmart. It's great because there is no cutting of templates with intricate curves, and there are no curved seams to join as it's all appliqued.

    I hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimmis57 View Post
    Has anyone tried making the apple core block with Quiltsmart? I have the instructions but doesn't seem to work. My points aren't lining up the way they should. everything is cut correctly so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. If anybody has a tute or better yet a video that would be great. Thanks everyone.


    I have been working on the Quilsmart apple core on and off ( mostly off) for over a year. You are correct in stating they are all horizontal because you appliqué the cores to the pieced background of squares.
    My points don't look like they are all going to line up exactly in every square either and I was careful when turning the cores right side out.

    If you are at this same stage, I think we are passed the point of return! I'm hoping that the appliqué process and quilting will solve some of our concerns. I don't think I will be doing another one of these!

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