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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.

Busy, busy!

Whew – have added several new designs in my shop! I’m  really pleased with how they turned out and can’t pick a favorite – I love them all :-) Care to take a look?

Kiriki the Frog - paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By NumberKiriki the Frog is an updated version of a froggie that I designed long ago and had published in the now defunct Foundation Piecer magazine. He looks so sproingy and happy!

(“Kiriki” is a name I thought I made up, being an anagram of “rikiki”, French for tiny, and also evoking “kaeru” and “kikker”, which are Japanese and Dutch, respectively, for frog. But googling “kiriki” pulls up some interesting results, including a 1908 film of Japanese acrobats. Once again proving that there is nothing original under the sun.)

Bluebird of Happiness - paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By NumberNext up is the Bluebird of Happiness. Did you know that bluebirds have been symbols of happiness around the world for over 1000 years, according to Wikipedia? I first learned about the Bluebird of Happiness from Laugh-In, lol. Guess that dates me.

As you can see, the pattern is also adorable in other colorways, if one prefers redbirds, canaries or even little brown sparrows. I considered adding tiny embroidered feet, but couldn’t get that to look quite right, deciding after all that simpler is better.

Turtle - paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By Number

This cute turtle would be terrific for a baby quilt, don’t you think? Mmmm, these sherbet pastel brights are so cheerful.  I love how the shell can be made with many different fabrics for a very patchwork-y look. Trivia: May 23 is World Turtle Day.

Am on holiday at home for another 3 days, so maybe I’ll be able to get another new design started?  Alternatively, I should get going on cutting some fabric kits for bottle quilts in time for holiday sewing – but that means getting out the ironing board.