Acorn Quilt Block

scrappy acorn quilt block by Stubbornly Crafty

Once upon a time, in a far away land (my city is kind of tucked away) lived a beautiful crafty blogger (that’s me, guys).

She had big dreams of designing her first ever quilt block and thought it would be easy and take no time at all. Alas, she was wrong. Hahaha! For reals, I woke up at 4:50 a.m. thinking about this block and how each piece would fit together. I did not get back to sleep. Then when I went to make it, I still had to adjust and reconfigure it multiple times. Props to all you quilt designers out there. I’m sure it gets easier, right? Thankfully, I’m pleased with the outcome and hope y’all dig it too. There just aren’t enough awesome Fall/Thanksgiving crafts out there so I thought I’d squeeze one more in before going completely Christmas crazy.

A few things before we get started. I am left handed. Ha! If any of the steps feel backwards to you, blame it on that. I am also a visual person, so I like to pack my tutorials full of pictures. I hope they help. If you need more direction on something or are unsure of a step, please leave a comment or e-mail me. I’m happy to help!

acorn block tutorial

Cut out the following:

Dark Brown (acorn top)

  • (1) 2.5″ x 6.5″
  • (1) 1″ x 1.5″
  • (1) 1″ square

Light Brown (acorn body)

  • (6) 2.5″ squares
  • (1) 1.5″ x 2.5″

Background

  • (2) 1.5″ squares
  • (2) 2.5″ squares
  • (2) 2″ squares
  • (2) 1.5″ x 2.5″
  • (2) 1.5″ x 3.25″
  • (1) 1″ square
  • (4) 1.5″ x 8.5″

Directions

All seam allowances are 1/4″.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Take two of your light brown 2.5″ squares (if you are using multiple fabrics on the acorn body like me, use two different fabrics) and your two background 2.5″ squares. Draw a line on the back of your background squares diagonally from one corner to the other. Lay the background square over top the light brown squares right sides together.

I recently took a quilting class from Elizabeth of Simple Simon. She told me about the most wonderful pens and let me use them in the class. I came home and ordered my own that same day. I love them serious amounts. They come in a pack of many colors and erase with friction or heat (i.e. your iron). Brilliant! They are called Frixion pens. I purchased mine here.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Take them to your sewing machine and sew on your drawn lines. Once sewn, use a ruler with a 1/4″ mark and line it over your sewn line so the side you’ll be cutting has 1/4″ seam allowance added, then cut the excess. Repeat.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Iron your squares open. I like to iron them so that the seam is behind the darker fabric.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Take your remaining 2.5″ squares and the squares you just made and lay them out three on top of three.

Take them to your sewing machine and sew the top line together, then the bottom line, then sew the top line to the bottom line.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Now grab your 1.5″ x 2.5″ light brown rectangle and your two 1.5″ background squares. Draw diagonal lines across the backs of your squares. Line one up on the end of your light brown rectangle and sew on the line.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Trim the outside edge off, leaving a 1/4″ seam. Iron open.

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Repeat on the other side, making sure your diagonal line is going the opposite direction from your first (we are making the point).

acorn quilt block tutorial

Trim the outside edge and press open.

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Sew your 1.5″ x 2.5″ background rectangles and sew one on each side of your acorn point.

acorn quilt block tutorial

acorn quilt block tutorial

Sew the tip of the acorn to the body of the acorn making sure to match up the seams. Press and set aside.

Another one of my all time favorite quilting supplies are the Clover fork pins. They go on both sides of your seam so it won’t budge and you get a perfectly butted seam every time. I’m a perfectionist. I don’t quilt without them and they’ve saved me from picking a lot of imperfectly butted seams. 🙂

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Let’s move to the acorn top. Get your 2.5″ x 6.5″ dark brown rectangle and your two 2″ background squares. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on your squares. Lay the squares on your dark brown rectangle in the top corners. Make sure your diagonal lines start from the insides on the top and go out (see photo).

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Sew on the lines, trim leaving 1/4″ seam allowance, turn under and press.

acorn quilting block tutorial

For the stem, you’ll need your 1′ x 1.5″ dark brown rectangle, your 1″ dark brown square, 1″ background square, and both 1.5″ x 3.25″ background rectangles. Draw diagonal lines on both 1″ squares. Place the background square on top of the stem and the background 1″: square on the top right corner of one of your 1.5″ x 3.25″ rectangles.

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Sew on the lines. Trim, leaving a 1″ seam allowance, and press. Grab your other 1.5″ x 3.25″ background rectangle and sew the row together in the order pictured above.

acorn quilt block tutorial

acorn quilt block tutorial

Take your stem and your acorn top rows and sew them together.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Sew the acorn top to the acorn body.

acorn quilt block tutorial

All we have left to do is to add our border. Take your four 1.5″ x 8.5″ strips. The side strips will go on first. Sew each of the side borders on and then press them open.

acorn quilt block tutorial

Then add your top and bottom borders. Press them open and you are done!

acorn quilt block tutorial

Finished measurements are 8.5″x10″.

scrappy acorn quilt block tutorial by Stubbornly Crafty

I’m making mine into a couple of pillow covers. A monochromatic one and a scrappy bright colored one. For the bright colored version, I cut all my scrappy fabrics into 1.5″ strips, ironed my seams, and then cut them to my desired lengths. I used the Frixion pens to draw a 1/4″ seam around each acorn and then hand stitched around them with a little matching embroidery floss.

Can’t wait to see what y’all make your acorns into. I’d love to see photos!

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Cranberry Orange Scones

 

cranberry orange scones main

Today I’m going to share with you my favorite scone recipe. They are the lightest, fluffiest, most delicious scones ever.

Cranberry OrangeξScones

Adapted from a Marion Cunningham buttermilk scones recipe from “Baking with Julia”. Makes 12 scones.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Cut in the cold butter until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the buttermilk, cranberries, and orange zest. Mix together with a fork until ingredients are just moistened. If the mixture looks dry, add a tablespoon of buttermilk. Gather the dough into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times until the mixture sticks together and then pat down into 3/4- to 1-inch high circle and cut into wedges. (I used a biscuit cutter to get more out of each batch for my sister’s baby shower).

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops and bottoms are a nice golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Orange Glaze

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • fine zest of one orange

Whisk all three ingredients together. Put the icing in a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the tip. Drizzle over scones.

cranberry orange scones platter

I learned a trick from watching The Next Food Network Star about scones and pastries. After cutting out the scones, put them in the fridge for 15 minutes or so before baking them to get the butter nice and chilled again. This ensures that you get a nice fluffy scone. If the butter is already somewhat melty, they won’t rise as well and will have a more dense texture. Works like a charm. Thanks, Food Network!

Hope you love these cranberry orange scones as much as I do. If you make them ??? and you should ??? let me know what you think.

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girls apron pattern

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I learned a great lesson from making these cupcakes: don’t shop for your cupcake decorations before planning what cupcakes you are going to make. Hahaha! Continue reading Spiced Buttercream Frosting