Sunday, September 29, 2019

Panda for a pal

My closest work friend, Tracy, loves pandas.  She asked me about a year ago if I would make her a small panda quilt to hang on the wall.  I had already made this panda pillow so I knew that the Fat Quarter Shop's Panda-monium was the perfect pattern.  I brought her some blues from my Kona color card so she could pick the background color.  I ordered the background fabric, knowing I had everything else I needed in my stash.  And then the fabric sat.

I hoped to get it done in time for her birthday in October but had to move up my timeline when I learned that she was moving.  I was determined she would take the panda with her.  I got it done with less than a week to spare!

She loved it and promised to hang it in her new office.  The fabrics are Kona solids in Cadet, Black, White, Asparagus, and Zucchini.  The pattern is a free one from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Pattern PDF is here, and there is also a YouTube video tutorial.

We're both librarians so I used some great book fabric on the back.  I did cross-hatch quilting at a 2" interval.

This was #6 on my list of Q3 goals for the Finish Along.  I'm also linking up with UFO challenges hosted by Julie of the Crafty Quilter and Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland.  I'll miss Tracy a ton but I'm glad she'll have this panda to remember her crazy coworker by!


  1. This is so cute. You chose some lovely colors. Thank you for the information on obtaining the free pattern.

  2. Wonderful finish and wonderful that she will have it for her new office. I love the fabric on the back - just perfect and the cross hatch quilting is just right.

  3. What a cute mini, and a nice gift! Fun to see the pic with her bright smile too!

  4. I know where the "Darling" in your Blog name comes from (Ron, wink) but I'm beginning to think that it's the quilts you make. The panda quilt is just darling and what a wonderful going away present this makes. How sweet of you to do this and I know it's going to make Tracy happy in her new office.