The Oak Leaf and Acorn-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternGood Morning, Everyone!   Hope you all enjoyed a busy Columbus Day sailing the high seas of adventure…

I spent the day fighting off a tidal wave of paperwork–Argh!    The good news….now I can Quilt without Guilt!

Fortunately, we don’t have to look far to find quilting inspiration these days– The Fall colors are  peak here in Minnesota and we’ve had some sunny skies to accompany the glorious color.

Today’s free motion quilt tutorial: The Oak Leaf and The Acorn

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt Pattern

The Oak Leaf, like most nature motifs, is very forgiving.  Most lines in nature are not perfect nor perfectly symmetrical, so even if your stitching is off a bit, The Oak Leaf will still look fabulous (I promise!).

Begin stitching a short stem.  Then add curved petal, followed by a larger curved petal.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternStitch the third petal smaller than the second…

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt Pattern

On the top, add a flame-shape.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternRepeat the shapes on the other side.  Don’t worry about perfect mirror images…anything close will look great.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternStitch a curvy stem through the middle of the leaf and echo stitch back out of the bottom of the leaf.  Add a small curl to serve as the top of the acorn.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternStitch out of the curl and then stitch a bean-shape with a point at the top.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternThe acorn:  bean shape with a point at the top…then echo stitch over the left side of the cap of the acorn.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternStitch a wavy line inside the cap of the acorn from left to right.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternFinally, stitch down to a point and back up to the cap.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternIf you like, add a few contour lines inside The Acorn– though it is not necessary.  Also, echo-stitching around each Oak Leaf gives the pattern a little more “oomph”–for lack of a better word.

Oak Leaf and Acorn Free Motion Quilt PatternThis pattern can be use as a border or as an overall fill pattern.

I am working on a small quilt using The Oak Leaf and Acorn and should have it ready for you to see next week.

In the mean time, give this pattern a try on YOUR next quilt–no need to squirrel it away–there’s plenty more tutorials coming every week!


For some colorful inspiration and a photography trick for great tree photos, you might also like The Glorious Colors of Autum.

Also, other  free motion quilt tutorials for fall that you might like:


Nuts-About-Free Motion Quilting,


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, Pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

31 thoughts on “The Oak Leaf and Acorn-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. I don’t know how you come up with all these wonderful designs but don’t stop! This is fantastic. I love all your designs.

  2. Lovely for a table cloth w/ matching napkins… wouldn’t you be the talk of Thanksgiving giving the old bird a back seat!

  3. Oh, this is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! I have so many potential projects (that are just ideas floating in my head, not even UFOs) that this would be spectacular on. Can’t wait to see your small quilt!

  4. love it… maybe you could change your header now and instead of the blue star, have this glorious, fall coloured acorn and leaves till Xmas time. 🙂

  5. I love the acorn theme anyway and have some in my house but this took my breath away!! It is so inspiring and just plain lovely! I use that word too much I guess, but it is exactly what I see…loveliness!!

  6. is exactly what I needed for the table centerpieces I am making for my card-playing friends..I will try it. Thanks Lori..!

  7. OH..forgot to say I bought the last two of those lights at Lowes…love them and used both all weekend! Going back for more as a friend just complained about lighting! Christmas present score for her!! and getting a couple more for my girls stocking stuffers…thanks for sharing!

  8. This is one of my favorite motifs whether in quilting , embroidery, felt work etc. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Just wanted you to know, I have you on my blog list and check your page just about every time you post something new. I love the step my step procedure you show when explaining the free motion designs. I also dabble in photography as you do and enJOY those posts as well. I don’t presently have time to do crafts due to family illness, but I am saving your webpages to a folder on my computer to refer to in the future. I pin pages mostly to share your work with others. Keep up the great work! Awesome!

  10. I gave this oak leaf and acorn motif a try… and posted the photo in Lori’s Flickr link on the right side of this web page. — It’s the gray Seminole place mat. I take my Tablet right up to my sewing machine and sew with it right in front of me, scrolling down through the tutorial for each instructional step. Sometimes I have to turn the tablet upside down so the tutorial is in the same direction as what I’m stitching.

  11. This one is so lovely! Hey, Lori – I’m sorry if you’ve talked about this already. What machine do you work on? Do you use a stitch regulator? I keep wondering if I want to try one, but I’ve heard some people complain about it reducing visibility while you’re working?

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