Acorn Quilt Block
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!
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″
- (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″
All seam allowances are 1/4″.
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.
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.
Iron your squares open. I like to iron them so that the seam is behind the darker fabric.
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.
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.
Trim the outside edge off, leaving a 1/4″ seam. Iron open.
Repeat on the other side, making sure your diagonal line is going the opposite direction from your first (we are making the point).
Trim the outside edge and press open.
Sew your 1.5″ x 2.5″ background rectangles and sew one on each side of your acorn point.
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. 🙂
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).
Sew on the lines, trim leaving 1/4″ seam allowance, turn under and press.
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.
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.
Take your stem and your acorn top rows and sew them together.
Sew the acorn top to the acorn body.
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.
Then add your top and bottom borders. Press them open and you are done!
Finished measurements are 8.5″x10″.
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!