Rami Kim’s Apple & Pear


In the May 2015 issue of American Quilter magazine Rami Kim provided instructions for making pear and apple blocks inspired by the paper craft Iris Folding technique. These instructions tell you how to use 4 blocks to make an Apple & Pear quilt.

Editor’s note: Iris Folding is a paper craft technique that uses folded strip of paper to form a design. The center of the design looks like the iris opening of a camera lens.


Note: Requirements are based on 42″ usable width of fabric.
Navy print – 11⁄8 yards
16 assorted 6″ x 20″ scraps for the logs of the Twisted Log Cabin inserts
Assorted scraps for the Twisted Log Cabin centers
Hot pink print – ¾ yard (includes binding)
Light green print – ½ yard
Light blue print – 1⁄3 yard
Gold print – scrap
Wool felt scraps for appliqué leaves and stems
Backing – 35″ x 37″
Medium loft batting for trapunto effect – 4 pieces 8″ x 11″
Batting – 35″ x 37″
Foundation paper
Freezer paper
Fabric marking pen or pencil for dark fabrics
Invisible thread
Iron-on crystal beads (optional)


Note: All strips are cut across the width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted.

From the navy print:
4 rectangles 12″ x 13″ (background)
4 rectangles 9″ x 12″ (facing)

From the light green print:
4 strips 1¼” x WOF (Seminole piecing)
2 strips 2¼” x 13″ (sashing)

From the light blue print:
8 strips 1¼” x WOF (Seminole piecing)
2 strips 2¼” x 12″ (sashing)

From the hot pink print:
4 strips 2½” x WOF for 139” of continuous binding.
8 strips 1½” x WOF (Seminole piecing)
2 strips 1¼” x 27¼” (side borders)
2 strips 1¼” x 25¼” (top & bottom borders)
1 square 2¼” x 2¼” (sashing center stone)

From the gold print:
4 squares 3¾” x 3¾” (border corners)

Assembling the Quilt Center

Follow the instructions in the March 2015 issue of American Quilter magazine to make 2 pear and 2 apple blocks. For my quilt I made 1 pear, 1 mirror image or reverse pear, 1 apple, and 1 mirror image apple block.

Note: If you choose to make a mirror-image fruit, be sure to make mirror-image freezer paper and foundation patterns.

Pear blocks - Make 1 and 1 reverse
Apple blocks - Make 1 and 1 reverse

Referring the quilt assembly diagram below, lay out the blocks in 2 rows of 2 blocks each with 13″ light green sashing pieces between the blocks. Lay out light blue 12″ sashing pieces and hot pink sashing center stone between the rows. Join the blocks and sashing into rows. Press all seam allowances toward the sashing. Join the rows and center sashing to complete the quilt center.

Adding Seminole-pieced Borders

Referring to the figure for correct strip order, join 1 light green 1¼” strip, 2 light blue 1¼” strips and 2 hot pink 2½” strips along the long edges. Press seam allowances open. Cut the strip sets into 96 sections, 1½” wide.

Cut strip set into segments

Select 23 sections for the top border. Following the figure, align the seams (offset by 1) and stitch. Press seam allowances open.

Join segments

Trim off the border points. To do this, align the ¼” mark of a rotary ruler at the point of the blue squares along one edge of the strip. Cut with a rotary ruler. Repeat for other edge.

Trim off border points

Measure the quilt from side to side. Cut the borders to measurement. Note: Cut and add more strip-set sections if necessary as shown on the quilt assembly diagram. Sew gold print squares to each end of the border strip. Press seam allowances toward the
gold squares. Make 2 and set aside.

Align and join 26 segments for the side border. Press seam allowances open. Trim off the border points. Measure the quilt from top to bottom through the center of the quilt. Cut the borders to measurement. Make 2.

Sew to the sides of the quilt. Press seam allowances toward the quilt center. Sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt and press seam allowances toward the center.

Quilting & Finishing

Layer the backing, batting, and quilt top. Baste to secure. I quilted the apple and pear blocks with free-motion stippling and the borders and sashing with a feather design. Add iron-on crystal beads around the apples and pears for more embellishment if you like.

Sew the binding strips together for 139″ of continuous binding. Finish the edges of your quilt with double-fold binding.

This pattern first appeared in American Quilter March 2015. Written by Rami Kim. Visit Rami at RamiKim.com

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Jan Vincent

I am interested in making the Rami Kim Apple & Pear block but although you give fabric requirements and cutting notes part of your description say to get the instructions in the March 2015 AQS magazine but when I looked up that issue it is out of print. I was not an AQS member back then so I don’t have that issue. Can you print the instructions for this “Free Pattern”? I don’t see how it is a Free Pattern if all of the information it not provided.

Hi Jan, The web bonus for the March 2015 issue was the Rami Kim Apple & Pear Quilt Pattern that shows how to assemble the quilt using the apple and pear blocks featured in that issue of AQ. The pattern is linked at the beginning of the instructions. Members have access to the digital issues as well as the linked article. There is a print feature available at the bottom of the blog post to print the free web bonus. If you need help printing, please feel free to email me at betsey.langford@americanquilter.com. Thanks, Betsey

Jan Vincent

I did find it – thank you!


Under the picture of the completed pear, it says refer to the quilt diagram below. I don’t see any quilt diagram, just instructions for making the Seminole border.