Warm Apple Pockets
Use upcycled shirts to get a warm, comfy, masculine throw.
Quilt Designed & Created by Pepper Cory
Ability Level Intermediate
NOTE: Watch Pattern Pull-Out Section for template.
Pepper found men’s plaid shirts at a thrift store. She used the pockets of the shirts to add extra fun to her style.
Pepper notes,”In order to keep the quilt’s overall impact , when designing this quilt make certain that you plan to get an odd number of bits across and an odd number of rows. This Odd-By-Odd formulation ensures that each other Apple Core bit –the ones you cut out of the pocket sides of tops –stay vertical.
You do not need any pockets stitched sideways so matters can melt!”
Pepper utilized 108″ wide fabric intended for backing a quilt for the backdrop. Should you choose to perform similarly you may want 1⅞ yards of the extra-wide red tonal.
Use a precise 1/4″ seam allowance throughout to ensure all components of this quilt ﬁt together well.
Handle all bias edges carefully to prevent distortion.
Fabric yardage supposes 40″ usable width
Of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noticed.
•Brown tonal and brown plaid each for piecing
•Light blue tonal
⅝ yd. for piecing
12 tops (size big or extra-large) for
•Medium blue tonal
1/4 yd. for piecing
•Dark blue tonal
⅞ yd. For piecing and binding
•Dark crimson tonal
33/4 yds. For background
70˝ x 70˝
NOTE: All tonal fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Peppered Cottons collec- tion by Pepper Cory to get Studio E Fabrics.
Patches are lettered in order of usage. Mea- surements comprise 1/4˝ seam allowances.
•Brown tonal and brown plaid 12 Template A from every
•Light blue tonal
6 Template A
•Assorted plaid shirts
1 Template A from each
•Moderate blue tonal
4 Template A
•Dark blue tonal
7 pieces two 1/2˝ x WOF for binding
3 Template A
•Dark red tonal
2 rectangles 311/4˝ x 62˝ (B)
Piecing the Blocks
12.Referring to Curved Piecing in Quilt Basics and to Diagram I,join brown tonal A’s and brown plaid A’s as shown to make section 1. Make 4 section 1’s total referring to Assembly Diagram for color placement.
13.Referring to Diagram II, use brown plaid A’s, light blue
tonal A’s, and assorted shirt A’s to make section 2 as shown. Make 3 section 2’s total referring to Assembly Diagram for color placement.
I love thrift stores and often wander through the men’s clothing section since expensive dress shirts sometimes wind up on those racks. But this winter trip on a thrifting expedition, I was thinking ‘cozy, warm, masculine’ and found myself fondling plaid shirts.
Inspiration struck. Plus, there was a bag sale and for $5 I could ﬁll a grocery bag with clothing items. Twenty shirts and $10 later, I was out the door with my loot and eager to start drawing.
At the drawing board (a huge pad of graph paper propped up on the cutting table) I sketched out some patchwork using the Apple Core template. The Apple Core is a one-of template, meaning only that shape is used in the whole quilt.While one shape might seem to make the job of constructing the quilt easier, the Apple Core shape has both convex (outer) and concave (inner) curves so it can be a bit of a challenge. I like challenges.
The idea for this quilt had been brewing in the back of my head since I live with someone who daily misplaces his glasses, sunglasses, car keys, wallet, phone, and TV remotes. Since he likes to sit in his recliner to watch TV and in the winter covers up with a quilt, might there be a quilt that could help him corral those misplaced items? The idea of the Warm Apple Pocket quilt was born and those thrifted shirts were just the ticket. Now all those misplaced things, at least while he’s covered up and reclining, would have a safe pocket. Remember: when washing this quilt, do check all pockets!
3 Referring to Diagram III, sew together 4 section 1’s and 3 section 2’s alternating as shown.
The quilting in Warm Apple Pockets can get a whole different look with the Pond Ripple quilting motif. The curvy lines create movement across surface of the quilt.
Alternate Quilting Placement Diagram
Pond Ripple Quilting
Assembling the Quilt Top
NOTE: Refer to Assembly Diagram for following steps.
4 Join red B’s to make background.
Finger-press background in half twice; use folds as placement guide and position center section, turning under
¼˝. Appliqué in place.
Quilting and Finishing
5 Layer, baste, and quilt. Sandi stitched machine echo quilting ¼˝ from
the seams in the apple cores and
extended the curved lines onto the background. Bind the quilt.