This year I was able to spend Christmas in Minnesota with our youngest son and his lovely family. Jordan, Lara, and our wonderful grandson Omar made it a joyful time for me. The memories of our visit will warm my days for a very long time.
Omar and his New Panda Quilt
I took a number of pictures of Omar, so of course we had to include at least one here in our Notebook.
As you can imagine, Omar has been the recipient of many a quilt and this year was no exception. One of the nice things about having a quilting-related store is the opportunity to design quilt kits, which creates samples to give as gifts. Our Panda quilt made a terrific gift for Omar and as you can see from the picture, he seems to like it. He set up this picture on his own, and then called me in from the other room to take it. He’s quite the ham, and he really likes his new quilt. He couldn’t wait for his Daddy to get home so they could use it together on the big chair.
I learned trapunto by machine using water-soluble thread from a dear friend (thanks Ginger) just in time to use it on the Panda’s face, the leafs he is eating, and the corner pandas. It is very easy to do and it gave this quilt a nice three-dimensional look and feel.
When I arrived in Minnesota the binding was still not finished so Omar and I worked together to finish the quilt before my return to Nevada. He was a very good helper and he informed me he would be interested in making his own quilt someday. He said it would be a picture quilt showing him and his Grandma and Grandpa riding horses together. Wouldn’t that be cool!
Our wish for you this year is to take time — the time to savor the sights, sounds, scents, and tastes of the seasons. Enjoy your family and friends as they are what make a wonderful life.
Cindy finished her design and sewing and the pattern for our exclusive Giant Pandas Quilt kit which uses Exclusively Quilters Giant Panda fabrics. Today I finally got it up on our website, and it is a really neat kit!
Giant Panda Quilt Kit
Cindy looked at a lot of design possibilities for the kit, designed and re-designed it a number of times, and in the end came out with a great quilt top that’s a nice size at 44 x 44 inches, is easy to sew but looks great!
In addition to five of the Giant Panda fabrics, she used a Fabric Freedom Reflections black, which is a mottled black fabric that looks great alongside the fur in the panda photos.
This is a neat kit, for a couple other reasons; First, the kit comes with two main panels, one a single panda, and the other a panda family. You can use either to complete the kit. Additionally, for the four corner block photos, there are about 6 or so photo blocks to choose from and we give enough so that you’ll get at least four of each, so you can do all the blocks with the same photo like Cindy did, or mix and match the photos.
For the optional backing choices, we’re offering several of the fabrics, and also a dark green/black mottled batik backer that comes in 108 wide. So you can either piece as usual, or we’ll cut you a single piece of the batik, and you’ll save a couple bucks at the same time.
You can see several other pictures, and all the details on this kit by clicking here.