Hi, It’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. You may remember a while ago we did a tutorial on the apple core. This is what we did. We showed you this darling little quilt that goes together so easily and wonderfully, but do I ever have something to show you now. If only we lived in Texas…you know everything is bigger in Texas. Look at this big apple core! We have put together this big apple core ruler, and it is just amazing. Let me show you how it fits on the layer cake, and let me show you how to do this.
Here’s our layer cake square, and our apple core fits right on here. Because of the size of it and the ease of the curves, you can cut it out with a regular rotary cutter. So we are going to take our regular rotary cutter, and we are going to go ahead and cut this out and show you how this goes together. A regular rotary cutter and it just goes right around. Of course you’ve got to stay on the edge of your ruler. You have to have a driver’s license to run one of these rotary cutters.
Now we’re going to go ahead, I’m going to go ahead and cut this other side. But look, it just hugs that curve. The curves are so gentle on this, and I love how it sews together. Wait until you see how easily this goes together. Alright, I’ve got another one cut out here, and I want to show you this. We’ve put together this layer cake called “la petite poulet” by American Jane. We’ve put together a few of these. We’ve done it in this checker board style. It’s a little bit wrinkly, but isn’t that fun! What it will do is it will get these colors going this way, and the dark colors going that way. It’ll come together so fun. I want to show you how easy it is to put these together.
When you assemble the apple core, you have to remember that you have your outer curve and you have your inner curve, and you want to remember that, so what I do is fold them like this, and I make a little finger crease right here so I know where the middle is. You’re going to put your outer curve with your inner curve, so you have to do the same thing with your inner curve on your other piece. Make a little finger crease, and then I’m going to pin these 2 together, right sides together, so just like that, and that helps me remember where my middle is, and I’m just going to put a pin right there.
I’m not going to pin the rest of it, and let me tell you why. When I was sewing these together, I really had to pin the little ones to keep that good smooth curve going. So when I started off, I pinned them, and then I realized that they were going together so smoothly and so easily that I really don’t think you need to pin. I like to know where my middle is, but let me show you how easily this goes together in the machine. Now before I get there, I’m going to line up this corner. This corner should evenly set in with the outer corner, so those corners should match, and we’re just going to go over to our sewing machine, and remember we are going to do ¼ inch, and I am just going to set my foot down on there, turn everything on, get our engine reved up, and we’re just going to go ahead and sew this. I’m going to make sure that I stop every few inches and make sure that these 2 edges are lined up. I get a hold of both of them. I sew four or five stitches and stop, and make sure those edges are lines up, and keep sliding along here.
Now I’m going to pull out my pin that marked my center, and I’m just going to keep setting these 2 together, these 2 seams. Sew a few inches, make sure that they are layed down on top of each other, and we’re just going to finish by laying them exactly on the edge. We’ve sewn that whole thing; we haven’t really had to pin. Look how nicely that went together. Let’s take it over to the ironing board. Look how nicely that lays together! You don’t even have to sew it. This is a quick, fun, afternoon quilt! One layer cakes makes about a twin size; you put in a black and it’s getting twice that big.
I want to show you a quilt I made with this using the spirit layer cake. It’s this one right here behind me. Let’s take a look at this. One of the quandaries of making an apple core quilt is how to finish it, how to get this edge on here. I figured this out, it is so easy and amazing, and I want to show you how we did that edge.
You’ll notice I used a solid on here. This solid is the Mota Bella solid. One thing I love about the Mota Bella solid is that it’s the same on either side, there is really now back or front to it. You can use it for both sides. I’m going to go ahead and press this really quick so it lays nice and flat, and then I’m going to show you how I did the edging on this. It’s so easy, it’s amazing!
Here’s what we’re going to do. On our ruler, you’ll see it has these little half mark lines. What you do on this is you’re going to lay this ruler, the middle line on the straight edge of your fabric like this. Then you’re just going to cut this edge. This will give you half a block. What that’s going to do is give you a straight edge to put your boarder on. So if you lay that on there, and then we’ve got a little block over here. This is the exact same thing, but we did it on the other curve. We took our fabric and we layed it here. See, it’s on the middle edge, cut it this way, so that when you go to put this on, you just sew them together exactly as you would the block, then you just sew down this curve like this, and you’ve got a straight edge to put your boarder on. So quick and so easy!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the apple core quilt ruler from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and Pepper Cory, who designed this ruler.