Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Panda Bear

"Panda" Testing Helper

About a month ago, I saw that one of my favorite designers, Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts, had asked if anyone was able to help her test out some of her newest designs. Aren't they cute!!    Luckily,  I was able to give a bit of help to Lorna , by testing out  her upcoming "Panda" Quilt pattern !

Sew Fresh Quilts newest patterns... HERE
Photo by Sew Fresh Quilts

Now ,  there is something really cool about this pattern.  It has so many size options!!
You can make a mini panda block , as well as  a full sized panda block. And, Lorna has measurements to  make up a mini quilt... all the way up to a regular sized quilt!!  I love having  all of the size options.
Panda Block     design by Sew Fresh Quilts   {click HERE}
Mini sized block   approx 7.5" across x 6.5" tall

I  found this bright, forest-like background fabric first.  Then I saw my black and white polka dot fabric, and couldn't resist using that for this little panda!   (Lorna's designs are perfect with solids, and have a modern look!)

Next, I made up another little panda to be the buddy for the first bear. And of course, they had to have some foliage to munch on!
The pattern includes how to make the leafy rows.  ( I left out the center stems... giving it a more abstract background... like the pandas are  in a forest among the leaves. ) 

This cute pattern makes me smile... and reminds of when I saw the real pandas at the San Diego Zoo.  

Pandas and leaves     
As I put these blocks together, I thought they would make a cute pillow!

I simply added a 2.5" sashing around the block....

A Mini Panda Pillow         made by Susie's Sunroom
Panda Pillow size:   approx  17 " across x 16" tall
Quilting:   straight line  1"  quilting, vertically ,  in lime !   (for a modern look)

Panda Pillow        by Susie's Sunroom

I love black and lime colors together... and made a covered zipper for the back of the pillow.  (I learned how to make this covered zipper from the tutorial by Amy Made That!  {here}  )

Back of pillow        love the covered zipper

Keep checking  Sew Fresh Quilts  for the release of this cute Panda Pattern!  (It should be soon. )   You'll want to check out all of her adorable patterns, in her Etsy store, too!
(Remember my Dog Gone Cute quilts?  {  here  }  and {  here } )
A Panda-icious Pillow !!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:                      Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts   and
                                         Building Blocks Tuesday @ Quilter In The Closet  and
                                          Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story  and
                                          Fabric Frenzy Friday @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio  and
                                       Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                                       Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts   and
                                          TGIFF @  Chezzecook modern quilts


  1. Such a cute panda pillow. The leaves are very cool. Thanks for sharing my zipper tutorial again, too!!!

  2. Your wee pandas turned out adorable! Your fabric choices were perfect for this! I love that you added some leaves. And the pillow looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks, Lorna! I don't have any small children at home, but enjoy looking at these little guys everyday! I just saw a baby panda youtube video, with a newborn panda trying to turn over... and I thought of your Panda pattern!

  3. Very Cute! Pandas are adorable. ;)

  4. So cute, you've done a great job with Lorna's fabulous pattern!

  5. Lorna makes lovely animals and I love what you've made with her panda pattern. Your pillow is gorgeous with the deep colors you chose as well as with the motifs on the fabric, particularly the green background.

  6. Fun pattern! You are a good pattern tester for sure!

  7. What a cutie! Thanks for linking up!


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