Hello Panda!

Panda paper pieced quilt blockI’m looking ahead to a special gift for a special baby-to-be, and thought, what could be cuter for such a project than my cheerful Panda block? (available in my Etsy shop)

Choosing a tone-on-tone white, a subtle swirly black print, and a jungle-y leaf print, I was able to paper piece the 12″ block together pretty quickly (a few hours), even though I’m not at all a fast sewer.

Still not sure what to do next.  Make it into a crib quilt?  Wall hanging?  A diaper bag / toy tote? There’s still a few months to go. In the meantime, the block is pinned to my design wall, waving at me every time I enter my sewing room… Hello Panda!

P.S. For the photo, I basted on black glass beads for the eyes, but will definitely replace them with applique ones before gifting to baby.

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