About 6 months ago, a friend, Ernie, was wondering
if I would be attending the Lori Holt retreat in Utah
this year at Thimble and Threads.
Last October I had traveled alone to attend the retreat.
I made great friends while I was there, Betsy, Ernie and Nattalie.
Betsy and Ernie were brewing plans for this years' retreat and I was happy they included me.
Around that exact same time, Stefanie from Little Lady Patchwork and I had been talking about traveling to Quilt Con in 2017 or Sisters Outdoor Quilt show. We weren't sure what we'd do but we wanted to do something quilting.
It dawned on me that a Lori Holt retreat would be a perfect way to combine quilting, travel and a friend meet up.
So we did it. We signed up!
Here we are with Lori at the end of the retreat.
On the first day that we arrived, Stefanie and I went on a short quilt shop hop.
We stopped at Pine Needles in Gardner Village, Quilts Etc., Heartfelt Hobby and Craft in Sandy.
We had the token Cafe Rio for lunch and I found out later that it was also for dinner!
I really didn't mind.
I'm kind of addicted to Cafe Rio salad dressing.
While we were shopping,
I found my book Large - Block Quilts at Quilts Etc.!
If you are looking for a copy - they are in Utah :0
We had a blast and the retreat hadn't started yet!
Se my ruler pal from the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler?
I have used it at 2 retreats now.
I love it for being in a small space because my rulers can go vertical!
I began this tutorial for English Paper Piecing Apple cores in 2011.
I had no idea it's been 5 years.
I abandoned many many projects to write my book Large - Block Quilts
and now it's time to get back to them and finish some.
Finishing an English Paper Pieced applecore is a bit more challenging with the curves.
Although I can't show these steps as I must have forgotten to take pictures please prepare as follows:
1. remove the English paper pieces from the fabric as you complete stitching around each apple core.
2. Once all cores are stitched, remove and baste the outside edge of the apple core with a large basting/running stitch. This will keep the 1/4" seam allowance turned and neat while you quilt your project.
3. Layer with batting and backing.
4. Hand or machine quilt your project.
I chose to hand quilt my cores with a size #12 pearl cotton and a 'big' stitch.
Once quilting is complete, it's time to finish the edge of the cores.
I opted to use a 'knife-edge' finish.
Trim your batting to 1/8" less than the finished edge of the apple core.
You shouldn't be able to see your batting.
This is important because you will be folding the backing in
and sandwiching it between the batting and the apple core 'top'.
Next, trim the backing to 1/4" as shown.
As I said before, I then fold the backing into the center of the batting and quilt top.
Notice my basting stitches? that can be removed once the edges are completely sewn closed.
This shows how I carefully match the back to the front.
Place a pin.
Continue folding and pinning for about the length of 2 apple cores.
As I stitch the edge closed using a whip stitch, I move the pins and fold.
Continue to whip stitch the edge of the entire quilt.
Here is a collage of the steps.
And voila` project is done.
I love my 1930's reproduction apple core table topper.
I mean I'm smitten enough to consider stitching a King size version for my bed.
I might be crazy......