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!

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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:

Signed,

Nuts-About-Free Motion Quilting,

Lori

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