Apple Quilt Block

The air is getting a definite crispness to it, a few leaves are starting to turn colour, and school is about to start up again. What better way to celebrate all this than with an Apple quilt block?

I know a lot of people are impatiently waiting for fall because of pumpkins, and specialty lattes, but for me fall has always been associated with apples. Until very recently, we've taken the kids apple picking every year, and I like to make a big batch of dried apple rings, apple sauce, and apple peel jelly every fall.

So of course for this month's Quilt Block Mania, I've designed an Apple FPP quilt block.

Apple FPP quilt block by Penny Spool Quilts

I decided to make my sample using Kona Wine for that perfect, dark red apple that would even tempt Snow White, but of course I have a few mockups for you in different colours to whet your appetite.

How about a bright green and tart Granny Smith?

Apple FPP Quilt Block by Penny Spool Quilts - mockup in bright green for Granny Smith

A lovely Golden Delicious?

Apple FPP Quilt Block by Penny Spool Quilts - mockup in yellow for golden delicious

Or an attempt at a Pink Lady?

Apple FPP Quilt Block by Penny Spool Quilts - mockup in dark pink on white

And who says you can't take that prompt literally and go with some fantasy colours for a fun quilt?

Apple FPP Quilt Block by Penny Spool Quilts - apple quilt mockup in fantasy colours - pink, blue, teal, orange, yellow, purple

Foundation paper piecing

The Apple quilt block is a foundation paper pieced pattern that's suitable for advanced beginners and intermediate quilters. The pattern itself doesn't explain the technique, so if you're new to foundation paper piecing and want to give it a go, I wrote an FPP tutorial for the Clover blog to help you get started with this fun technique. It's a full photo tutorial and comes with a free, simple pine tree block to make.

If you've done FPP in the past but maybe just need to gain a little more quilty confidence, I have a few patterns in the shop that make perfect starter blocks to warm up with before diving into some of the more complicated blocks. Check out the Twisted Log Cabin, Popsicle, and Ice Cream Bar blocks to dip your toes in, or the Festive Forest table runner.

If you're not a big fan of Foundation Paper Piecing, check out this tutorial for a Scrappy Apple quilt block that I wrote for the Clover blog. It's pieced traditionally and super quick to make (plus can easily be made into a pumpkin, too).

Get the block

The Apple quilt block is now available in the pattern shop

Don't forget to check out all the other Fall themed blocks this month and join us in the Facebook group!

September 2023 free quilt blocks - quilt block mania

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Autumn Leaf by Inquiring Quilter
Pumpkin Spice by Inflorescence
Beanstalk Table Runner
Maple Twist by QuiltFabrication
Hats Off to Fall by Patti's Patchwork
Hey Pumpkin
Apple by Penny Spool Quilts
School Pencils from Crafty Staci
Farmer's Market
Scrappy Pumpkin by Katie Mae Quilts
Apple Harvest
Flying South at Epida Studio
Scattered Leaves by Patchwork Breeze
Persimmon Star Block

*Quilt Block Mania blocks are free to download for the duration of the month they were designed for. After that, they are available for purchase in the pattern shop.


  • For anyone who had trouble with the pattern not coming through, I have emailed it. If you still didn’t get it, please email me so we can sort it out. Thank you.

    Monika | Penny Spool Quilts
  • Same here, not received email . Can you send it to me please? many thanks

    Nuria Om
  • The apple pattern has not come through for me either, not even in the junk folder. Such a cute pattern.

  • I have not received the apple block even though I am a subscriber and I filled out the request a couple of times. Please help.

  • I have been trying to get your free apple pattern for this month’s QBM block, but even though I have filled out the request a couple of times now, it still hasn’t come thru to me not even in my spam or junk file. what am I doing wrong? the same thing happened last month as well.

    Sharron Walker

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