Quilt Notes: For pattern templates for ACORNS, see 500 FULL SIZE PATCHWORK PATTERNS by Maggie Malone, 1985. The design is an Escher type which repeats the same form in the primary (inner) and secondary (outer) patterns. It is not illustrated in any of the other large quilt design compendiums other than those by Malone, and so possibly unique to her.
Notice in the illustration (above left) that the cap of the acorn can be accented by a change in direction of the fabric design. Take a look also at the tiling pattern below, the innumerable nuggets of the design embedded, like so many acorns beneath the oak, scattered on the ground.
For a fascinating look at lots of illustrations of this Escher type, see TESSELLATION QUILTS by Christine Porter, also Jinny Beyer's DESIGNING TESSELLATIONS.
Comparable designs at this site include the zany magic of PUDDING AND PIE, also various other four-patch, rotating designs, such as DELFT MILL and HAZY DAZY, a gorgeous BUTTERFLY IN THE GARDEN (also from Maggie Malone), or BIRDS AND KITES.
Click here for a list of recommended books on the history and appreciation of geometric quilt designs.