The Sweetheart Apple-A Machine Quilting Tutorial
Good Morning, Quilters!
I’m back from the most fabulous trip to The John C. Campbell Folk School. Later this week, I will tell you all about the Folk School and the amazing students. But there’s work first—we have to pick apples!
Apples are the quintessential fall motif. They represent the bounty of autumn, back-to-school, good health…
There’s an apple for every appetite (and every quilt!)
THE SWEETHEART APPLE – A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL
Begin by drawing any size square. For the example here, the squares are 2-1/2 inches.
Begin stitching along the bottom line. Stitch to the center of the bottom line.
Stitch the letter “C” from bottom, up.
Add a short stem line, stitch over 2 – 3 stitches and stitch to the middle of the stem line. Stop.
Add a simple leaf, then continue down the stem.
Add a backward “C” to complete the right side of the apple.
Stitch a vertical line up the center of the apple, then closely echo stitch the right side of the centerline.
Add a spiral.
Spiral to the outside–closely echo stitching the previous line.
Cross the centerline to stitch the left spiral.
Closely echo stitch the outside of the spiral. Stitch under the Apple with a wavy to begin the next motif in the row or knot off for a single motif.
Yum!–Add a little peanut butter or caramel…
Good enough for YOUR sweetheart!
What about YOU?
Do YOU love apples?
What’s YOUR favorite?
PS…Later this evening, I will be participating in a FREE Sulky Webinar-on doodling, machine quilting, thread, pattern transfer and so much more–and it includes a Giveaway, coupons, and free patterns.
Even if you can’t make the live presentation, sign up for all the freebies and coupons!
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PPS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE (a domestic sewing machine) with Sulky 30 wt Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.
14 responses to “The Sweetheart Apple-A Machine Quilting Tutorial”
Hi Lori – Great timing for this post. I have been working on an Apple Medallion Quilt for a few weeks. I put off the FMQ motifs because I wanted something with – you guessed it, APPLES! These little gems will be perfect partner for one of the thick borders. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques. PS – I also love the A is for Apple as well. I signed up for the sulky webinar. Hope I can stay awake it! V-
Thank you so much Lori. You have a very generous heart, I love your tutorials. I also signed up for your Sulky webinar.?
Love love green apples! so cute and appropriate for Autumn,,, thanks for the tutorial.
Hi Lori!! (waving… can you see me? lol) Great tutorial as always. I can see this being altered to be a pumpkin also. 🙂 See what you’ve stirred up here. :)))
Thanks for the link to the webinar, I am looking forward to it.
Great FMQ motif and tutorial. I signed up for your Sulky webinar last night. Looking forward to it.
great motif, great instruction. thank you!
Hi Lori, thank you for another awesome motif. I signed up for the webinar, excited to see you and learn more about the book. I will use the apple on some things I am making for my kitchen. Keep up the great work you are doing, appreciate you so much!
All signed up for the webinar! excited, too.
Those apples have mustaches! (sorry–the devil made me do it!)
Whiskers, ( Shhhh….Did you see the eyes?…shhhh!)
Yep I remember the inbox discussion about seeing eyes everywhere..
forget what it is called…
Well, the webinar is over….. 🙁 I learned some new things…Thanks for your part, Lori…enjoyed it ! You are an excellent teacher.
Seems I just get to check in here and there since the twins were born!! I love everything apple!! This is so cute. Believe it or not I was just doodling some apples the day before you posted this trying to work a design for my see through bag that has adorable Apple fabric in the see through part. Needless to say it ended up with loopity loops! That’s ok…it was a small space and already had cute fabric. It gave me the idea to use solid fabric next time though with a cute quilted Apple inside! 🙂
I used this apple design on my granddaughter’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt and loved the way it came out! I thought it went well with the apple that the caterpillar ate through. It was a fun and easy machine quilting design to do. Thanks for the idea!