So, here's my tutorial for hand piecing the apple core pattern.
First, you'll need a template. It can be made of plastic (there's plastic ones out there for purchase) or you can use a homemade one out of card board or heavy template plastic. Whatever you chose just ensure it's sturdy enough to use over and over again. I haven't posted a photo of the template because its the same as the cut pieces you see here.
|Fabric cut from the template|
Pick your fabric. As I've explained I'm going to the 'far out' psychedelic look of more is more. I tried to use any many fabrics as possible to get the look I'm hoping to achieve. But you certainly don't have to subscribe to this formula. I've seen spectacular apple core patterns quilts using only two colours.
Start cutting. Depending on the size you're going for, start cutting as many apple core's as you need. Or cut as you go, it's up to you. I've cut a load to begin with. I haven't yet decided if I want to make a bed sized quilt, a wall hanging, or a throw. I don't mind if I have extras cut as I'll always use them in another project somewhere along the line.
Once you have an idea of how you want your quilt to look, start arranging your apple cores in that pattern. As my project does not follow any certain configuration I can just pick up any random piece and add it to another. My only concern is that I don't want any two to be next to each other.
|The way the apple core's fit into each other|
|Snippers, needle & thread, bees wax, pins and finger pincushion.|
|Thread and free standing wooden spool|
|Finger pincushion with extra sharp, long needles|
Lets work with two pieces. Lay the first piece in front of you face up or down - it doesn't matter. From the convex edge where you're going to join this piece to there other, fold it in half lengthways and put a finger crease in the centre. Do the same with the other piece only that piece will be folded at the concave centre.
|Put a finger crease in convex centre|
|Put a finger crease in the concave centre|