New Pattern Designer: Antler Quilt Design - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

New Pattern Designer: Antler Quilt Design

At Fall International Quilt Market we found an absolute gem. We were extremely impressed with Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design and we asked him to join us today on the Jolly Jabber. 

Hello, my name is Doug Leko and I am the designer for Antler Quilt Design pattern company.

I have been quilting for 12 years and am only 18 years old! Quilting and sewing is one of my mom’s favorite hobbies so she showed me how to quilt when I was 6 and I never looked back. Now quilting happens to be my favorite hobby too! I love every part of the quilt process from picking the colors, to piecing the quilt, to binding them.

I started designing quilts four years ago because I was looking for traditional quilts with lots of pieces. Before publishing anything I make sure each of my patterns is made two or three times in order to confirm the accuracy of the pattern.

If I had to pick my favorite pattern so far, it would be this one:

I love that you can make multiples of one block and have SIX different ways to layout your quilt. No matter what fabrics or style of fabric you make your quilt out of, it turns out great.

You can now check out all 16 of my pattern plus my book at Fat Quarter Shop!

Thanks for stopping by!
Doug Leko


  1. What an impressive young man! I am so glad that his mother inspired him at such a young age. The quilting world will benefit from him for many years to come! 🙂

  2. The first time I ventured into the closest quilt shop to my house, this young man asked me if he could help me. I didn't really know what I was doing, and I was taken aback that a boy about 14 or 15 was trying to help me. Funny the preconceptions we have. Doug is an amazing designer, and I love that pattern Mysterious. I also love his Moda Bakeshop designs! Congratulations Doug. Your neighbor in Lino Lakes.

  3. I'd seen some of Doug's quilts a few months ago and was very impressed. He's doing a great job and shows a lot of promise. Great job Doug!

  4. Amazing! I can't imagine being 18 and having such a knowledge of quilting. I think that I need to place another order with Fat Quarter Shop!

  5. I have a copy of one of Doug's pattern books – very well written and gorgeous quilt design. Glad to see he has expanded his reach with this FQS offering.

  6. I met Doug at for the first time several weeks ago in Houston. I agree he is a gem! So talented and really nice too! We'll be seeing a lot of him in the future I'm sure. To think he's this good and only getting started! Way to go Doug!

  7. Way to go Doug…it was great meeting you and sharing the hotel shuttle with you in Houston! Love your new pattern..have made samples for our shop! Keep up the great work!! Debbie T.