Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Applecore Block

I have been eyeballing the Applecore Die from Accuquilt since before I got my cutter back in May but the curved piecing had scared me enough to stay away from it for a while! I had mentioned to my SIL that I really wanted to try the Applecore die and she surprised it for me for my birthday in September.

The die cuts REALLY well, it has little notches that you are supposed to line up with the different pieces so they sew together easy.

I wound up spending quite a bit of time on YouTube learning how to do curved piecing - I saw quite a few different ways (and each way seemed a little more confusing than the other!) to line them up so I decided to pin them together and hope for the best!!

It looked super wonky....

The first few seams I messed up a little bit and had some puckered seams but since it was my first time with curved seams I think it turned out ok. I'm positive it could have been a whole lot worse!

After I did the first row I decided that I could make a few more rows to see how difficult it would be to piece more than one seam together at a time.  Plus cutting fabric on the Accuquilt is way too much fun - especially with a 4 year old helping.

I finally decided that doing a 9 patch quilt block would be good enough until I figured out what (if anything) I wanted to do with the fabric.  I think I'm going to make another 9 patch block of different fabrics and make it into a doll blanket for the girls.  Miss L is seriously into her babies lately and I'm sure she would love to have their own blankets to cover them up with. 

I'm not sure what the heck I did wrong on the last applecore piece - it lined up perfectly when I was sewing it and the seams all the way across all line up but it has some overhang.  Leave it to me to get some funky edging on a new project.

All and all I think I did a pretty good job for my first time trying to do curved seams.  Thank you YouTube for being there to help me out - I would be lost without you!  Hopefully I can tackle the backing and Miss L can have a cute little blankie for her babies.


  1. Great tutorial on the curved piecing. I'd love to do an apple core quilt someday but wondered if the curved piecing would be too much after awhile. I think a table runner would look neat in this pattern, too. But, if you have doll lovers, a little quilt for them would be nice, too.

  2. I don't think I'm ready for curved piecing yet, but I love the apple core block. I found you through Making Rebecca Lynne. I LOVE your blog name. Nice to meet you. :)

  3. Excellent insights. Your apple core quilt is going to be beautiful.



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