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How to Sew a Simple Patchwork Apple Quilt Block: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Updated: Jan 14

This quilt block is a great scrap buster, using small squares and half square triangles and is a perfect project for summer! Simply add a border and create cute table mats, or make 4 or 5 apples in a row for a table runner! This could also be the centre of a cushion cover or make as many as you'd need for a full size quilt. These patchwork blocks are so versatile and a handy way to use up small pieces of fabric. Of course, these could be red or green apples, or any colour depending on the fabric you have in your stash.

For one block you'll need:

2.5" squares of red/pink toned 'apple' fabric (x 8)

3" squares of red toned 'apple' fabric (x 2)

2.5" background fabric (x 2)

3" background fabric (x 3)

3" green 'leaf' fabric (x 1)

2.5" square of green 'stem' fabric (x 1)

Use 1/4" seam allowance unless stated otherwise.


  1. Pair a white 3" square with the both red 3" squares and the green 3" square with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite with a fabric marker.

2. Sew 1/4" from either side of the line drawn. Cut along the line.

3. Open and press each half square triangle. Trim to 2.5" in size.

4. Cut the green 2.5" square in half.

5. Arrange the two green and white half square triangles as shown below. Place the halved green squares right sides together over the half square triangles, 1/2 an inch from the inside edge. Pin in place and sew using 1/4" seam allowance.

6. Fold back and press. Trim off any excess fabric.

7. Arrange all of the squares in rows as shown below. Sew each of the rows together using 1/4" seam allowance and press.

8. Sew the rows together and press.

From here, I've added a 2.5" border and now the choice is yours of what to make from this block!

Happy sewing, Kym xx


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