Friday, November 25, 2016


It's finished!  After making the penguin pillow for Munchkin's birthday, I decided to get rid of our horribly bulky couch cushions and make a menagerie of animal pillows.  Panda was first up.
The pattern is a free one from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Pattern PDF is here, and there is also a YouTube video tutorial.

I used Kona solids in black, white, plum, asparagus, and celery.  My background is darker than the sample from Fat Quarter Shop because I didn't feel like that one had enough contrast.  I really like the contrast with the plum.

This is a 20" pillow and I used a pillow insert from Ikea.  I use the envelope pillow method by Crazy Mom Quilts.  I am careful to always label my quilts, but I didn't think about labeling pillows until I had a comment from Paige of Quilted Blooms.  Since I use a back on the quilted part of my pillow, she mentioned marking directly on the back with micron pen.  And so I did!

Since I've had a few people ask what other animals will be apart of my menagerie, here is a sneak peak of the next one:

Panda was goal #5 on my list of 4th quarter goals for the globally hosted Finish Along.  This was also my November One Monthly Goal for the OMG goal-setting party currently hosted by Elm Street Quilts (goal setter #23).
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  1. So very cute! I need to make a panda pillow. Thanks for linking up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

  2. That is so cute. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the "family".

  3. They are stinkin' cute pillows!!!!!!!!!!! I think you need a giraffe too;-)

    1. Thanks! A giraffe is in the plans! My son is very recently into giraffes and there is a giraffe block in the same pattern bundle as the monkey, so it's definitely on the list!

  4. YAY congrats on the Panda cutie! I can't wait to see the 'raffe and monkey as well :) I like what Vicki said - stinkin' cute! LOL!

  5. The panda turned out great, and that monkey is too cute! These are going to look so great on your couch.

  6. This is beautiful and so well done I thought it was paper-pieced! I'm so excited to be in your hive this coming year Emily!