Log Cabin Deer Pillow

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Have you ever made an appliqued pillow? I like to add applique to a quilt block so the background isn’t boring. I think you will like the Log Cabin Deer Pillow.

Log cabin deer pillow and mug rug

When I heard about the blog hop being “For the Boys” I knew right away that I wanted to make a couple of pillows for……the brothers. I have several brothers who love hunting and anything with deer, ducks, geese, etc. is always a hit with them. We do a White Elephant exchange at Christmas and I think the deer pillows will be my gift.

Log Cabin Deer Pillow

Log Cabin Deer Pillow

I couldn’t make just one…….I made a bunch of log cabin blocks and appliqued the deer on them.

Log Cabin Deer Pillows in leaves

Here is a closeup of the applique, I like to do a free motion squiggle, wiggle, or just a straight stitch.

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Log Cabin Deer Pillow closeup of applique

This brown leaf fabric was perfect for the backs.

Back of Log Cabin Deer Pillow

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Deer on Log Cabin Pillow

Last month I finished a quilt for one of my brothers that definitely has a wildlife look, I even put camouflage fabric on the back. Read about my brother’s ramblin bear quilt.

Ramblin Bear quilt at Freemotion by the River

I also made a little mug rug, you know how I love making them.

mug rug of the deer applique
another photo of the deer mug rug

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  1. I am so intrigued by the Deer pillow. It looks so alive and readying to jump out of the pillow. I must make. Thanks, Connie, for sharing.

  2. Those are absolutely gorgeous!!! Great job!

  3. Bente-I like to QuiltBlog says:

    Wonderful idea, beautiful work as usual.
    thanks for beeing part of the hop.

  4. Love all of your projects. I try to visit everyday. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  5. I love the earthy colors and that deer is fabulous looking…beautiful pillows!

  6. Your deer cushion is amazing, I could see these done in other colours for Christmas. Thank you for sharing, also for the fun giveaway.

  7. Those are great cushions – the boys are gonna love them.

  8. Connie ~ that pillow is awesome. My FIL and the other men from one part of the family where we used to go for Thanksgiving all went out hunting deer after the meal. Unfortunately he's had to stop hunting just in the past two years because of a health problem, but he would love this pillow or anything made from that.

    I already put that one on my wish list for now over at your store. I am already following your store there too. 🙂

  9. juliehallfeldhaus says:

    I have some grandsons that would love that pillow!

  10. Hi Connie I like this one..I come every day to see what you are doing…I am just learning and have learned a lot from your blog…your things are so pretty…I love mug rugs too and make one every chance I get – to practice corners and quilting….have a good sunday and happy creating…Jolene /Texas

  11. Connie, those pillows are awesome! Someone's going to be happy this Christmas!

  12. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Log cabin deer is so perfect for my new son-in-law. I would also like to make a log cabin throw to match. What fabrics did you use? crystalbluern at online ok dot com. I follow you here and on craftsy.

  13. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Love the pillows!! Those are nice presents for the "boys". Thank you for sharing your projects with us.

  14. What a nice pillow pattern. I like the mug rug for guys! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Hi Connie! I lovve your deer pillows and mug rug! 'White elephant' is far from deers and hunting – I haven't heard that before – I guess it's tradition before Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing! x Teje

  16. Awesome pillow! Great quilt. Log cabins are forever favorites!

  17. Wow! Connie,you are so talented 🙂 Love your deer pillows!

  18. Love those pillows I made a large flannel quilt with dears and bears etc. for a friend in Colorado and those pillows would be excellent and I do follow you. Also love mug rugs.

  19. I follow you on Craftsy.

  20. Great pattern! Thank you for sharin!

  21. Oh wowsers! Those brothers of yours better like them…or you can send them to me in Texas!

  22. That should be a perfect choice for the White Elephant draw. Do you separate things out so the girls are in one group and the boys in another or everything is the luck of the draw? Well done, Connie!

  23. As usual you have created something wonderful! These are really nice and so fitting for this blog. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

  24. I love the deer on the log cabin background. Your brothers are going to love them too.

  25. your deer are very dear! If I won that amazing mug rug, I would have to give it to my Pastor, who called me in to his office to show me a Christmas tree ( I decorate a lot of trees) He said he's never been too excited about a tree but I had to see the one he made- out of antlers. It is very cool and that little rug would be great with it! : )Fantastic Job!

  26. Connie. Those are awesome Log Cabin Deer. Beautiful work. That is certainly very masculine for our hop today. And congrats for winning a place of honor at Madame Samm's page!

  27. I already follow you on Craftsy.

  28. I saw this pattern on Craftsy and thought it would be perfect for my MIL's sun room . A great place to sit and watch the deer and other critters wander through her garden.

  29. Love the deer. I love watching the deer in our yard as they eat from our apple tree. Love the deer pillow. Good job.
    Thanks for sharing.


  30. Oh, deer, Connie. Oh, deer. Perfect for my cabin, oh deer. Love your project and if I didn't love football so much, deer would have been my choice. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to purchase your pattern.

  31. I follow you on craftsy too.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  32. What a great pillow, thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  33. Perfect gift for the deer hunter or any woodsy guy.

  34. Createology says:

    Fabulous pillows "For the Boys". These are perfect for hunters and lovers of wildlife and outdoors. Thanks for hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss…

  35. Great pillows – very boyish/manish – so they are perfect. Of course, your brother's quilt is marvelous!

  36. Love the dear, deer pillows! Also love your FM squiggly technique…. I wouldn't have thought to do that with the appliques. Thanks for sharing!

  37. tink's mom says:

    What great pillows,so thoughtful, a much nicer sister than I am. They will be loved.

  38. Love all your deer ideas. Think I might want to try one . Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. Denise Russell says:

    Connie, they are so cool! What a great idea!

  40. Rose Best says:

    My grandson would love your deer projects, they are really nice. Thanks for sharing

  41. Cyndi @ The Nosy Pepper says:

    Lovely!! The quilting is amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  42. Love the deer projects. These are all wonderful.

  43. Sandy Rowe says:

    Beautiful, if that's the word for a manly quilt! That would fit right in a log cabin!

  44. Great pillows. I have not always been a fan of browns but then saw a flannel quilt in all brown batiks. Now I love them. SO your log cabin in wonderful and I love the deer on them.

  45. Joyce Carter says:

    Good morning, Connie. Your pillows are really awesome–just perfect for the hunter in my family. I love the design and the quilting. My grandson loves to hunt and fish. He goes every hunting season to kill a deer. Since we have them roaming around on our property and I love to watch them, I give a speech every year about not killing MY deer I even threaten him with making him watch "Bambi" before he goes. But he just laughs. Do you think this year he would settle for a pillow instead? LOL

  46. Connie, very nice projects for the men not just the boys in the crowd and you know I have a bunch. Thanks for the inspiration as always.

  47. madebymeinred says:

    Marvelous idea. The log cabin blocks gives the deer a neat background.

  48. The dear mug rug would be a hit with my son the deer hunter.

  49. Love the mug rug – what a cute idea! Thanks for the give away!

  50. SIMPLESEW says:

    I follow you on Craftsy

  51. Agnes B. Bullock says:

    I now follow you on Craftsy- will definitely be buying this pattern on payday!

  52. Agnes B. Bullock says:

    WOW- these are fabulous!

  53. Very outdoorsy! I know some boys who would just love this. Thanks for sharing.

  54. I follow you on Craftsy

  55. these pillow are so pretty. what a fantastic idea to put these up as white elephants for your brothers. I love your mug rug. Perfect for a nature lover.

  56. I'm following your Craftsy store!

  57. I love deer, and I don't know many hunters at all! 🙂 Those pillows are lovely.

  58. Rose Marie Andreozzi says:

    Well it was just lucky that you had all those log cabin blocks left over…the colors are perfect for this pillow! I think I might make one too! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Rose Marie Andreozzi says:

    I didn't even know that you could be a craftsy store follower! I do now and I am one of your brand new followers!

  60. patchouli moon studio says:

    The log cabin is perfect with the deer applique!

  61. Oh Connie, thanks for including a link to the deer pattern…I have a few men in my life that would deerly love to have that pillow or mug rug. I like that you used the dainty pink rose fabric in the pillow too….keeps those fellas softened up just a little bit ! lol

  62. Just Quilt It says:

    Great "man" pillow! This is a great pattern, and your quilting is perfect! Wonderful work! I follow.

  63. Joan Kawano says:

    Nothing speaks to me, more than the great outdoors. You deer pillows are fabulous!

  64. LittleHouseontheDairy says:

    My nephew would love the deer pattern

  65. Kristen King says:

    LOVE the deer idea Connie!!! 🙂

  66. I follow your craftsy pattern store babscorbitt at gmail dot com

  67. Elizabeth says:

    I follow your Craftsy pattern store.

  68. Im not a boy, but i really love wildlife, especially deer because they are such gentle creatures. You did a wonderful job babscorbitt ar gmail com

  69. Elizabeth says:

    You have such great ideas! Keep 'em coming!

  70. JanesQuilting says:

    They ate perfect. I love your idea of the applique deer. Just beautifut!

  71. Love your pillow. I have an uncle's 60th birthday party on Sunday. Think there is any possiblity of getting one done. For me probably not. But it would be a great gift.

  72. White elephants are never so handsome where I hang out. Lucky brothers! And I love your mug rug – the guys would like those, too, I'll bet.

  73. Lorna McMahon says:

    Your brothers are certainly lucky to have such a talented and generous sister. Those pillows are awesome!

  74. Elizabeth Coughlin says:

    Wow your deer pillows are gorgeous! The pair would look fantastic on a leather sofa in a cabin or lodge…or any sofa in a fancy house! Congrats on being tops today.

  75. Leanne Parsons says:

    The pillows are fantastic. The deer look great.

  76. Wow Connie….this is truly a MAN's everything….really great photos too…oh yes….perfection!

    1. pleased to read you are finally on CRAFTSY…so proud of you

  77. I'm a loyal Follower…. Even in Craftsy! Love it!

  78. These came out beautifully Connie – just perfect for those Men! Love the fabrics, the appliqué and your FMQ squiggle, wiggle. That leaf patten for the back is perfect too. Thanks for sharing.

  79. Jess @ Scrappy n Happy says:

    The cushions are fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win the equally gorgeous mug rug!

  80. I follow you on craftsy!

  81. Fabulous Connie!
    My husband would love one of these!

  82. Connie I always enjoy your work. It is not only creative but also useful.

  83. withajoyfulheart says:

    Connie I absolutely love your deer pillows! Your deer is very stately! And throw pillows always need more than one or they look very lonely. Besides, you cannot possibly hope to win a pillow fight with only one pillow. One is only good for a sneak attack. Love the quilt too. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring pillows…and the generosity of your giveaway as well!

  84. charlotte says:

    Wonderful pillows Connie. Very manly.

  85. Those look fabulous, Connie. Your buck is so realistic looking and the colors are perfect.

  86. Whew, stitching those antlers must have been tricky, I just love them.

  87. Sofia/MªRosalia/Raúl says:

    Good morning….
    I looked, looked …and I don't find the right place to say I would like to be the winner of the game to win the mug rug…it is so nice…so wonderful to Christmas….
    I hope I can be included in this giveaway
    Maria Rosalia

  88. The deer pillows look amazing!

  89. Those deer pillows are gorgeous! Love the quilting on them!

  90. Quilt n Queen says:

    Fabulous pillows for the guys who love the great outdoors. I have 2 outdoorsie brothers…they would love these. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us…you are always inspiring us . Happy stitching, Pauline

  91. Pam @Threading My Way says:

    A stunning cushion, Connie!!!

  92. Those are far from white elephant gifts. Any hunting fella would be happy to have one of those. They are beautifully done.

  93. Oh, Connie, they are wonderful! Your brothers will just love them! I remember oogling over that manly quilt! Thanks for another looksie. I already follow you on Craftsy. As a matter of fact, they showed me your deer pillow already!

  94. Wow! You're an awesome sister to these guys…they will love those pillows!

  95. You can't go wrong with a log cabin block setting and then set in color or added applique for a man theme – always a great gift. Just wonderful