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Apple Butter Quilt

by Darlene Zimmerman & Joy Hoffman

15" square

Image of Apple Butter Quilt

Materials Needed:


  • Easy Angle™ (4 1/2")

  • Fabric

    • ·  1/4 yd. Off White (background)
    • ·  1/4 yd. Dark Green Solid
    • ·  Scraps for Churn Dash blocks, apples, leaves, and stems

    Cutting Directions

    Fabric Cut To Yield
    Off-White13 1/2" strip5Squares
    11 1/2" strip16Easy Angle triangles*
    11" stripSew together with 1" strips of Scrap Fabric
    Dark Green31" stripsSashings and inside border
    21 1/4" stripsBinding
    Red Plaid22 1/2" stripsOutside Border
    Scraps11 1/2" strip16Easy Angle Triangles*
    41" x 7" strips Sew together with 1" strip of Off-white fabric.
    *Layer your strips right sides together and cut with Easy Angle. They will then be ready to chain-sew.


    Cut the strips as indicated in the Cutting Directions. You will further cut Easy Angle™ triangles (for triangle squares) and squares to make the basic blocks for the quilt.

    First, pair the 1 1/2" strips of fabric #1 and fabric #4, right sides together, and cut 16-1 1/2" Easy Angle™ triangles. Chain sew, press open, and trim "dog-ears."

    Sew the 1" fabric #4 strips to the 1" fabric #1 strip and press seam to one side.

    schematic of cutting, chain piecing, and sewing fabric

    Use Easy Angle to cut 5 -- 3 1/2" squares from the 3 1/2" fabric #1 strip, 4 -- 1 1/2" squares from the 1 1/2" fabric #1 strip, and 16 -- 1 1/2" squares from the sewn strips of fabric #1 and fabric #4.

    schematic of cutting fabric squares

    Next, make 4 Churn Dash blocks using the triangle squares and 1 1/2 " squares from above. As you make the blocks, press seams in the directions indicated by the smaller arrows.

    schematic of how to sew a churn dash

    Then measure the blocks (they should be 3 1/2", the same size as the larger plain squares that you cut.) Cut 4 strips this length from the 1" strips of fabric #2. Lay out the blocks and sashing strips into three rows. Sew the rows together and measure the width (should be 10 1/2"). Cut two strips this length from the 1" strips of fabric #2. Place these strips between the rows and sew together as indicated.

    Add an inside border using the remaining 1" strips of fabric #2. Add an outside border using the 2 1/2" strips of fabric #3.

    schematic of quilt assemby

    Cut 5 each of apple, leaf, and stem from fabric #4, using the images at right for reference. The seam allowance is not included. Fuse or applique the pieces onto the center of each of the 5 plain blocks.

    Layer and quilt as desired. Bind in fabric #2 using the 1 1/4" strips.

    apple, stem, and leaf pattern

    Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!

    picture of finished Apple Butter Quilt

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