Greetings quilty friends! Today is my day to show what I have made for the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by sweet Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks! Thanks Carla for making helping us get a head start on our Christmas gift stitching! It was just the push I needed to get myself in gear!

I have been thinking about making my twin grandsons (7) and granddaughter (10) quilts as part of their gifts this year. The girl will be getting a unicorn quilt which will be done using a panel and a lot of extra fabric. She has a twin size bed and the boys have full size beds. Thing #1 (older by one minute – and he doesn’t let his brother forget it!! LOL) is my fighting tiger, so I designed a tiger pattern for his bed using inspiration from my friend Marian at Seams to be Sew. You can see his at a later date!

Thing #2 loves everything panda! The child has at least 100 stuffed pandas in his room and closet – or at least it seems that way! And his goal in life at all the career days in school has been to be a “panda doctor.” Maybe one day he will – of course I told him he could NOT move to China!! LOL In addition to pandas, he loves the color green!

I searched for pattern everywhere and couldn’t find one I liked so I decided to just make up my own. I love working with EQ8!! It is a fantastic way to get my thoughts to paper and into a quilt!

I purchased two of the adorable Art Gallery Pandalicious fabrics from Bernie at Needle and Foot, and the third from Bella fabrics. The green and black are Moda Grunge, and those, along with the teal and gray, are from my LQS.

Everything came together pretty quickly once I started cutting. I made HSTs using both the 4 at a time and 8 at a time methods. I think next time I’ll just use my AccuQuilt Go!Big to cut out all those triangles! But I learned new methods and it was fun.

I got it put together and on the quilting frame. I even found two cute panda fabrics at Joann’s for backing and made the back in three sections. I usually buy wide backing, but decided to give this a go and was pleased with how it turned out.

Unfortunately, when I got the first row quilted and was beginning the second row, my hopping foot got hung in the edge of the fabric! I finally got the machine paused, but only after the needle had broken and there was a tear in the edge of the quilt. I was SICK!! But I decided to fussy cut a little panda and was able to add it to the edge while it was still on the longarm. That’s a first … and I hope a LAST!! It scared the bijeebies out of me! The needle made a bur on my foot plate, so I had to order another. In the meantime, I was able to sand it down with 320 grit sand paper so I could use it to finish the quilt.

You’ve seen the pattern, the pull, and the back, so without further ado, I present to you, Dalton’s Panda!

Dalton’s Panda (blowing in the wind!!)

78 x 88 inches
Fabrics: As above
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Poly Deluxe Loft (I love the loft of this batt!)
Pieced with: Aurifil gray
Quilted with: Glide gray 40 wt on top and Superior Threads Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Quilt Motif: Dave’s Bamboo from Urban Elementz

On a side note, little D-man was playing Monday at a trampoline place and broke his right ankle – and he wasn’t even jumping on a trampoline when it happened! His sweet older sister (10) picked him up and carried him to my daughter and son-in-law. The two of them are on the swim team at the Y, so they are very strong. They put him in a boot Monday night and sent him for an MRI yesterday. Today the news was he has to see an orthopedic surgeon because now they aren’t sure it’s broken, but he did tear a ligament so they are waiting for an appointment at Children’s to let them review the MRI and see what the next step is. He is a trooper and says he’s not in a lot of pain, which is very good. Please remember him in your prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. He was so sad because they have a swim meet Saturday and he won’t get to swim.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please visit my blogging friends who are presenting today and leave a sweet comment. We love to hear from you!

Here’s today’s schedule:

Thursday, November 14th

Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Songbird Designs (YOU ARE HERE!)
Farm Quilter
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Bumbleberry Stitches
Quilt Schmilt

Have fun and get some great gift ideas on the hop. Until next time…

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