Good Morning, Quilters, Long Armers, and Doodlers! Today is Tuesday, and while I am not fully unpacked from my quilt retreat last weekend, we are ready for another quilt tutorial! Today’s pattern is The Oak Leaf-inspired by two white oak trees in front of my house that are over 100 years old! (May our quilts last as long!) I know this will be a perennial favorite of your quilt patterns!
Begin by drawing three lines. In the sample below, the lines are 1-1/2 inches apart. Begin stitching on the center “rail”. Stitch a curved line to the left rail and curve back toward the middle rail.
Finally, stitch a slight arc and stitch to a point on the center rail. This completes the first half of The Oak Leaf. The second half is the mirror image.
Stitch the top of the leaf by mirroring your left.
Mirror the two curvy lines, and finish near your starting point.
Now stitch a curvy line through the center of your leaf.
Echo all around the leaf and back to the top of the leaf. From here you are ready to start the next Oak Leaf.
For a little extra embellishment, add a few acorns by stitching a double circle.
All of my quilts and tutorials are stitched on a Bernina 820–a domestic machine, but can be adapted easily for a long arm. The Oak Leaf makes a great doodle, too! I stitched with Sulky on top and Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin.
Now you are ready for any autumn quilt-from now until Thanksgiving…by then we will be stitching holly and berries, beautifully wrapped packages and so much more!
I hope you are enjoying the tutorials. I am working on a downloadable version with more variations and tips—coming soon!
Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram—I will be adding more photos and inspiration there.
Next week’s tutorial is Halloween inspired–don’t miss it!
Please remember...all images and tutorials found here are the property of Lori Kennedy and are for personal use only.