Deer Deliberations

Remember this reindeer pillow? I finished it back in July and was pretty happy with it, so why oh why did I decide to try and make it differently a second time?!

Reindeer pillow / cushion in Scandinavian inspired fabrics. Patchwork and hand quilting. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com


I thought I could improve on the Scandinavian folk art feel of the reindeer in the centre and wanted to try it with some different borders (see them in progress here). It’s been a work in progress for quite a while now and it’s finally getting close to being finished. Here’s a peek of the new reindeer.

Reindeer applique, © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Another reindeer in progress

It’s needle-turned by hand again, but I’ve made this appliqué in four pieces rather than one, and spruced him up with a green collar and heart too.  It was definitely easier to get a good shape making the deer in separate pieces and surprisingly didn’t take much more time.

I think I’ve been tinkering with the design because I’d like to write up the pattern and put it in my Craftsy Pattern Store as my first pdf pattern for sale (there are already a number of free patterns there if you’d like to check them out). I’m really excited about that, but I wonder if it’s something you’d actually be interested in?! (I should probably have asked first!).  If I could do it though, which reindeer would you prefer?   In fact, I’d love to know what you like and dislike about pdf patterns in general and if you have any ideas of things I could do differently that would help you get the best out of them?  My Grandma’s Hot House pillow pattern (free) has been downloaded over 4,000 times, but I’m not sure exactly what it is quilters like about it, so your help would be truly welcome!


I’m still recovering from a weekend away trail running and mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales with my running club – I’ve got my foot up on the table trying to reduce the swelling of a twisted ankle! I’m so clumsy, I’m always falling over.  This time I just slipped on some damp grass on a very steep slope.  It’s a good excuse to sit still and do some hand quilting though, so I’m not complaining, ha!  I’ll try and pop back tomorrow with a few photographs of the area – the Dales are such a special place I’d love to go back for longer to sit and soak up the atmosphere some more. A perfect landscape for quilting inspiration – the colours are amazing.

I hope you had a great weekend too, although it seems ages ago now!

Until next time, happy stitching lovely friends 🙂

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts; don’t forget to follow the links to find lots more quilty goodness going on this week!

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10 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Yes! It was filmed in Askrigg,just a few miles away from where we were staying – it’s incredibly beautiful 🙂 Thanks for letting me know you like the red one too!

  1. Daphne Lewis
    Daphne Lewis says:

    So glad you reposted this gorgeous pillow, because I haven’t been on here and missed your previous post. I love the fabrics you used.


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