Modified ‘Doe a Deer’

Happy first Sunday of the 2016 NFL Season!  While many of us enjoy watching football with our friends, hubs, etc. sometimes it is nice to retreat to the studio on Sunday for some ‘me’ time.  Today I am working on finishing up my next blog post, but in the meantime here is one I’ve been meaning to share with y’all for some time.

A colleague’s wife commissioned a baby quilt for one of her best friends.  The timing wasn’t great as I was still in the middle of that nasty hail storm remodel and my studio was in complete shambles.  So, naturally I said “Yes of course I’ll make you a quilt.”  (It’s what we all do, right?)

The nursery colors are teal and coral which is a pretty tough combination I discovered, but luckily Woodland Springs by Designs by Dani for Riley Blake came through and worked perfectly.

Woodland Springs Quilting Fabric

My client wanted to know what the line would look like in a quilt so I showed her the free Riley Blake Pattern ‘Doe a Deer’. She said she liked it and wanted to use that one. That’s good enough for me so now I had the pattern and the fabric line.  I’ve modified the instructions (to my style) and the layout slightly.  I didn’t think a new mom would really want to worry about keeping 12″x 12″ squares of cream on cream clean so I eliminated them.

Here’s the free pattern for your enjoyment / review, etc. –

Doe a Deer - Free Pattern

Ready, Set,  ‘Let’s Roll’ (Extra points if you know what country song that’s from)

Here’s my first change in the instructions. I did not cut my squares in half to pre-make the half square triangles.  Instead I opted for my favorite method of piecing half square triangles which is to stitch 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal then cutting the two triangles in half.




Step 2: Now that you have a bunch of 1/2 square triangles let’s create a larger half square triangle to match up with the larger squares for this piece.


No, I did not precut those triangles either. Yes, my next step may be slightly wasteful, but it gave me the most accurate / sane cuts so it was definitely worth it to me.  Here’s what I did –

I opted to not “…Cut the squares once diagonally to make 40 small triangles.” Instead I just cut 3 7/8″ squares.  Keep in mind if you are making the quilt above then you will need less fabric since my quilt has 9 squares and the one created by Riley Blake has 10 finished squares. Bottom line for this step if you follow my way, cut 36 – 3 7/8″ squares…or 40 – 3 7/8″ squares if you are making the full 10. (Clear as mud?)

Sew one 3 7/8″ square to one of your 1/2 square pairs.  Press open. Repeat on the other side with another 3 7/8″ square.


Then, align your ruler along the diagonal of the printed 1/2 square triangle square (seriously so many uses of the word square…trust me I tried to figure out another way) and add 1/4″ seam allowance. This should be 5 1/4″ from the cream point on the 1/2 square triangle.  Cut along straight edge.


And, again, here’s the block you get.


Now all we have left to do is assemble per the layout below.

Easy peasy right? And you thought this one looked way harder than my others!? Honestly, the hardest part of this quilt is making sure your blocks are matching and facing the right direction and your points are matching.  I had to work with very specific piles; no multi-tasking on this one my friends.


You’ll probably notice some of my edges are a little off.  This is just fine, go ahead and square up your block. No harm, no foul.

Well there you have it, our modified ‘Doe a Deer’ is complete.



Thankfully my home is 99.9% back to normal after the hail storm so you should start to see more consistent posts and more thoughtful content in the coming months.  I thought y’all might like to see some of the  ‘out-takes’ as Baxter and I had to stay in a hotel for 4 days while the contractors replaced floors, windows, baseboards, etc. (Cooper got to hang out with his doggie friends at ‘camp’) As I mentioned this quilt had a deadline so I did what any normal quilter would do…I packed up my machine and essentials and pieced in the hotel.


If you are interested in any of the fabric I used today please see direct links below.

I hope y'all have a great day & I can't wait to see you back here soon.

Until then, Happy Quilting!


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