I have to say that I am really delighted with the way this reindeer block turned out! It exceeded my hopes which is always a really nice surprise.
I used BasicGrey's Blitzen print for the background because it is woodlands-y and even has a deer in it! It's still available at the Fat Quarter Shop. The reindeer itself is supposed to be a silhouette. At first I was considering a grey textured solid but I am so happy that I changed my mind. I love the Onyx grunge from Marmalade Fabrics. I chose to place the lighter sections of the grunge at the tip of the nose and neck. It adds a nice dimension and softness.
My Reindeer paper pieced pattern now joins my Christmas Stocking pattern in both my Etsy Shop and Craftsy Shop. They both measure 8" x 12" so they make a nice set.
The reindeer is slightly harder to piece than the stocking but still appropriate for a beginner to intermediate paper piecer. There aren't any super tiny pieces or curved seams. There is a little fussy seam matching by the ear and the slightest of Y seams through the center of the block. Don't let that scare you though. It's such a breeze that it can be done before you remove the papers even. I will walk you right through it.
In other paper piecing news, Kerry and Penny debuted their set of Christmas patterns today. Have you seen them yet?