Finally I found a tutorial on Fandom in Stitches with a free pattern to paper piece Rudolph! Oh, the happiness! After a bit of fabric shopping with my parents over Thanksgiving (I'll tell you about that later) I started creating my child hood friend in fabric.
The pattern is easy to follow - just sew on the line. However, it's the most involved, intricate pattern that I've ever tried. I will say it came together without a hitch, thank goodness. As the block finished at 10 inches, I added on two Kona white borders to lighten the cushion up a bit, followed by a red peppermint print to bring out his nose. It's quilted in concentric squares - nothing earth shattering, but I thought the focus should really be on Rudolph himself, not my quilting.
The back was made from a cute Riley Blake print of Rudolph and his lady friend. It was perfect.
I feel like I should explain the setting of my photoshoot - I carried this cushion around for 2 days hoping to get a bit of sun to snap a photo or two. It was dark before work, dark after work and rained during the day. I had to bring it to work and photograph it on office furniture in the building's atrium. You would not believe the weird looks passing in my direction.
And finally I used this tutorial to create my ornament. I really really really enjoyed the process of making this ornament and see myself making more in the future. They'd be a great project for when travelling.
To see what others in the group created, check out this post. Thank you, Fiona (my swap mama) for organizing - I enjoyed this swap so very much! Thank you, too, to Louise. I received the most beautiful scrappy wonky star cushion from her. We all know I love scrappy stars! It's a total hit, Louise.