If you are a Fig Tree fan from over the years, you will already know this a thousand times over… but I LOVE AUTUMN. Love, love, love it. I love the food, the sweaters, the boots, the feel of the air, the leaves. I love the colors and the quilts. And the orange. And don’t get me started on pumpkin spice. I love the orange and the caramel and the cinnamon tones… bring on the fall colors friends!

So when it came time to design something for our fall LITTLE BOX subscription [ a pattern that is always first offered to box subscribers and then released to the general public] I knew it had to have orange and feel like fall. But I wanted something “early fall”, a transitional quilt that could be brought out in August and didn’t feel like it was for Halloween.

And I knew I wanted it to be simple and something that most people could finish in one weekend if they set their mind to it. So the blocks had to be simple and the piecing had to be straight forward.

So Acorn Woods was born. Made from (2) Charm Packs of PUMPKINS & BLOSSOMS fabrics and a small variety of cream prints, this quilt just feels like an early autumn day with leaves swirling around and acorns falling from the trees.

Or at least that is how I envision it. I know that so many of you are working with us on our ACORN WOODS SEW ALONG in our Facebook Group and I have absolutely loved seeing your acorns and your leaves grow and your quilts get put together! So much fun to watch.

Just yesterday someone in the group asked me to mock up the pattern in reverse… with the dark fabrics as the backgrounds and I was so intrigued by what that would look like… so here is that new version.

You will need the same yardage requirements as on the pattern, but reverse.

  • Use the charcoal florals and prints for the background. You will want (5) different charcoal prints plus one for the block backgrounds. I used the charcoal prints from Pumpkins & Blossoms as well as my favorite charcoal MODA crossweave and another print from another MODA designer since there weren’t quite enough in the collection itself. You can use any variety of charcoal prints scraps and yardage.
  • Use the cream prints from the charm packs for the leaves
  • Use the oranges for the leaves and acorns.
  • Use the greens for the acorn tops and stems.
  • We did not really use the greys in this version.

Also please note that you might not be able to make it exactly as the mockup in terms of specific fabric print placement but there will be enough of each color for the overall blocks. You could finish it off with any orange for the outer border and any charcoal or black for the binding.



FABRIC USED: This is made entirely from the Pumpkins & Blossoms collection that is available in stores right now.

PRECUTS: Uses (2) Charm Packs and background yardage. Could be made from (1) Layer Cake and some background yardage or of course scraps and yardage from your stash.

AVAILABLE: available now in paper and PDF in our shop as well as in local quilt shops nationwide

What is your favorite autumn thing?? Tell me in comments below and be entered to win some Pumpkin & Blossoms goodies.

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  1. Sharon Bennett | 16th Sep 21

    Love this quilt! And yes, it really can be sewn in a weekend! I managed all of the cutting and pieced all the blocks…. then got called out to dinner with friends…lol! So, I plan on assembling and prepping for quilting this weekend! 🙂 Of course…. the dark background version has me wanting to make another one!

  2. Karen Dellinger | 16th Sep 21

    My favorite thing about autumn is the cooler weather. It’s been a real treat to watch my grandson play high school football too. Looking forward to the leaves changing into beautiful reds, oranges and yellows.

  3. Karen S | 16th Sep 21

    Oh, my. That charcoal background is SO good. Thank you, Joanna, for the mock up. Starting to feel ready for Fall!

  4. Lynda Kenney | 16th Sep 21

    I love decorating for fall. The colors are so beautiful

  5. Diane Anthony | 16th Sep 21

    My favorite autumn things are the pumpkins and maple leaves. I love this quilt! Love the colors and the quilting!

  6. Becky | 16th Sep 21

    My favorite fall thing is the sign up Little Box of Figs, of course! 💕 (Well that and the lovely fall colors.) 🍁

  7. bobbie rumler | 16th Sep 21

    Favorite things about fall is the color orange…and anything that tastes orange…like pumpkins,oranges,carrots, and apricots, Halloween and Fig Tree material….thanks..making Halloween quilts, coasters,and pillows!!

  8. Krista Norris | 17th Sep 21

    I love how rich the colors get for fall! Seeing the squirrels collecting all the acorns! 🙂

  9. Suzanne ROJAN | 17th Sep 21

    Favorite Fall includes cooler weather, colder desert nights, vineyards and orchards with leaves turning yellow then orange then ruby red against clear blue skies. Squirrels and acorns, pumpkin stands and warm spiced baked goods. Decorating my home anticipating family and friends gathering. Autumn reminds me of loved ones.

  10. Susan Dowhaniak | 17th Sep 21

    I love pumpkins. I love to make pumpkin bread with lots of cinnamon and ground cloves so much that I make it all year long. 🎃

  11. Maria Zook | 17th Sep 21

    My favorite Autumn thing besides fall decorations throughout my home, is the annual outing to a pumpkin farm with adult kids and grandkids. I especially love traipsing through a corn maze with all of them. One we like has questions and clues to find along the way kind of like a scavenger hunt. We love the challenge of finding all of the clues. It always involves a lot of backtracking and then a triumphant “Found It!”

  12. Becky | 18th Sep 21

    Always looking forward to our annual Fall Hiking Spree at the local metro parks. The cooler weather and leaves changing color. Everything about fall is just beautiful and your Acorn Quilt goes with it all!! Love the dark charcoal version.

  13. Debra McCarriar | 19th Sep 21

    We usually spend two weeks at the beach in October after all of the crowds have departed.

  14. Barbara | 1st Oct 21

    I love an afternoon I our local cider mill. I wait all year for fresh cider and donuts. Hitting a haunted house in the evening with my family has become a wonderful traction.

  15. Barbara | 1st Oct 21

    I love an afternoon I our local cider mill. I wait all year for fresh cider and donuts. Hitting a haunted house in the evening with my family has become a wonderful tradition.

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