Panda Love fabrics {a finished baby quilt – and a giveaway!}

In my house, we have a big love of pandas (my son could be called a fanatic!).  So, of course I adore this new fabric line called Panda Love by Kelly Panacci for Riley Blake Designs.  Kelly has put together a fun collection that includes several great low volume prints mixed with aqua, pink and black for a nice contrast.

Panda Love - Ripple Baby quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

Aren’t those little guys hanging out on the bamboo so cute?!

Panda Love - Ripple Baby quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

For this quilt, I used my Ripple pattern which comes in four sizes (baby, lap, large throw and queen).  As I was piecing it, I made sure to mix up the direction of any directional prints so that the quilt didn’t feel like it had a “top” or “bottom” and I think it also makes it feel a bit more scrappy.

Panda Love - Ripple Baby quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

The backing fabric I chose is a Riley Blake Designs basic called Hashtag Cottons – I used the large hashtag in aqua.  You can see all of the Hashtag Cottons color and size options by clicking here.  This color and print coordinates perfectly with the Panda Love collection.

Panda Love - Ripple Baby quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

For the quilting, I did some quick meandering loops using Aurifil 50 wt. thread in a matching aqua color.  I love how it pops on the black!

Panda Love - Ripple Baby quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

If you’d like to make a Ripple quilt for yourself – the pattern is on sale for $5 through April 4th.

GIVEAWAY:  If you want to make a Panda Love version like this one, I happen to have just enough scraps left over that I’ll be giving away with a copy of the pattern.  All you need to do for a chance to win this “quilt kit” is leave a comment letting me know what your favorite vacation spot is…I’m looking for new ideas 🙂  And planning a trip when winter won’t seem to ever end always lifts my spirits!

UPDATE!!  The winner of the giveaway is Suzy K!

Thanks for stopping by,

Amanda

 

 

77 thoughts on “Panda Love fabrics {a finished baby quilt – and a giveaway!}

  1. Such a cute quilt! Our favorite family vacation spot is the mountains of western NC. Love the horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking to see waterfalls and amazing views!

  2. Charleston, SC is my favorite place to visit. Charming historical city, lots to do for all ages, great places to enjoy local seafood or traditional “low-country” cooking. Love the quilt, fabrics are fun!

  3. I’d suggest Paris, France but that might be out of reach… so you must visit Quebec City, as it is a mini version of a city in France! Old world charm to capture your heart!

  4. My two favorite spots are NYC and DC. So much to see! And a great blend of historic, cultural,, naturally beautiful, just plain interesting, and fun. And if you go to DC, so many of the places you want to go offer free admission, which is nice.

  5. A cabin in the beautiful Georgia mountains is my idea of a sweet vacation. Books and hiking trails fill each day. Adorable quilt!

  6. I love Gulf Shores. It’s such a relaxing, peaceful place. There is just enough to do to entertain you, but not so crowded. If you want to relax, it’s a fantastic place to take in the beautiful Gulf view.

  7. Love the Panda quilt! I guess my favorite place right now is Europoe, especially Germany. We went last July for 3 weeks and it was more like spring time and I would love to go back soon. As far as the US, camprounds are so enjoyable almost anywhere.

  8. Our last two vacations were Gulf Shores, Alabama and Walt Disney World. One relaxing, the other, not so much! Our daughter is a panda fanatic, too.

  9. Love this quilt! I have been looking for ideas for a baby quilt for new parents! Our favorite vacation spot is Costa Rica or Charleston SC.

  10. When we were young we liked to take the kids camping, they loved it! Now I like to take a stay-cation and do things locally! Love your quilt, I know a little one that would love to snuggle it!

  11. Bonners Ferry, Idaho would be favorite vacation spot. Used to live there. Would love to make a quilt like thus.

  12. What a cute baby quilt. I love coming to Naples, Florida — Fort Meyers is close and they have a LOT of interesting things to do – the Edison/Ford musuem – as well as the beaches. We are snowbirds here.

  13. My favorite vacation spot is Ireland – the people are lovely and there are lots of castles to explore! Only a five hour flight from the east coast, so closer than California!

  14. Lovely quilt. My favourite spot to vacation is Toronto Canada. It is beautiful and has lots of things to do. Walking everywhere is an option, you see more that way.

  15. Beautiful quilt, we love Montana and also have had a chance to visit Moab, Utah on our last trip. The Arches and Canyonlands Parks are gorgeous. Want to go back and visit some of the other parks in Utah.

  16. I love the little pandas….my favorite spot for a vacation is right here in Kennebunk Maine.
    There are so many great places to eat and lots to do right in this area not to mention day trips close by.

  17. Your quilt is so adorable! One of my most favorite spots to visit is the Olympic Mountains in Washington. Of course right now a sunny, warm beach would be fantastic.

  18. I love this baby quilt. Really like the ripple pattern. Expecting our first grandchild. This would be a great pattern to use for the quilt. My favorite vacation spot is Nags Head , North Carolina. Love the beach!

  19. We love Tucson and Phoenix-botanical garden, walking or biking on the green belt off Hayden Rd. in the middle of Phoenix, driving the Apache Teail with lots of stops to check out the towns and sights, Okd Town Scottsdale, lots of fabulous museums, mountains and trails everywhere, then quitter in Tucson with the amazing AZ Sonora Desert Museum, and the gorgeous botanical garden there. Really a huge variety of things to do, plus food! Would love to make your adorable baby quilt!

  20. Love this sweet little baby quilt and love pandas! Favorite vacation place is Grand Cayman Island for island fun and scuba diving!

  21. Most enjoy leisure, slow-pace travel in rural Iowa (LOTS of quilt inspiration at Winterset and elsewhere) … but last summer spent 10 days in Norway & Iceland, and that was especially memorable!

  22. We enjoy doing any of the Civil War sites. Not only for the history aspect but there is always something else fun to do in the area.Shiloh TN may be the exception but Nashville and Memphis are within a couple of hours.

  23. Yellowstone, everyone should do it at least once in their lives. Another is Glacier National Park, also at least a once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure.
    If you are looking for warm then the National Parks in Arizona would also be great! There are more National Oarkd in AZ than any other state! So many fun options!
    My Hubs loves pandas too!

  24. My fascination with pandas started back in the 70’s!! Love this quilt!!! I do not think I’ve found my favorite vacation spot.. to many wonderful places yet to be seen.. ALTHOUGH i have ‘met’ over 25 pandas in my travels.. all in the US… and they do make a wonderful vacation… one trip i think we made it to 3 spots that had pandas (yes I do the trip planning!!!) Hope you find a great spot to see… We will be off to the 5 national parks of southern Utah in a few weeks!!

  25. My daughter loving panda would love this quilt! Best vacation destination that I enjoyed as a family was Napa Valley to enjoy the wine and good food.

  26. My favorite is cruising the back roads of Wisconsin in our 1960 MGA. There are so many beautiful areas in Wisconsin and so many fun things to see. (I am not, but maybe I should be in the Wisconsin tourism business)

  27. I’ve lived on the West coast most of my life and there are lots of beautiful places to visit here. Lake Tahoe is definitely one for your bucket list. Solvang, CA is charming. However, I highly recommended Boston, MA. Boston has wonderful walking tours, awesome lobster rolls and a really cool aquarium! Washington, DC is terrific for history and museums, too. You could easily spend a week visiting the different Smithsonian Institute museums! Don’t forget the Jefferson Memorial; the reflecting pool and the Holocaust Museum (which is NOT entertaining or enjoyable, but sooo important); Arlington National Cemetery and the Viet Nam Memorial Wall! Oh – the Riverwalk and the Alamo in Texas are great, too!

  28. Love the baby quilt pattern and fabric. Any of the state and national parks in Utah are favorites – they are best in the spring or fall unless you really like heat.

  29. Since I am close to it, the coast of Florida is always my choice. It’s beautiful this time of the year and still comfortable…..not too hot yet! Enjoy your vacay wherever you go! Love those pandas!

  30. Oh such cute fabrics! Love the pandas and Riley Blake! My favorite vacation place is Cherokee NC. I used to go camping there every fall, so beautiful!! Have a wonderful day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  31. Perdido Key, Fl – Orange Beach, AL – grew up going to these areas and it’s hard to find prettier beaches or better seafood!!

    ADORE the pandas!

  32. Silver Dollar City in Mo is a great theme park with lots of fun rides and fantastic food. It’s near Table Rock lake, one of the most beautiful regions in the country.

  33. This panda fabric is so cute! Perfect for my SIL! One of our favorite spots is Acadia National Park in Maine. Lobster and bike riding!

  34. MMy favorite vacation spot is the coast of Maine in the summer whether it be Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor or even Portland Me

  35. I don’t have a favorite vacation spot because I don’t go on many vacations! I could say the best “spot” for me is at a friend’s house in their sewing cave! 🙂

  36. Love your quilt . My favorite vacation location was St. Martin. Have never seen such beautiful water. Have not been there since the hurricane . Not sure what it is like now

  37. What a cute simple baby quilt pattern. I always appreciate ideas on easy baby quilts. My favorite vacation spots are the Caribbeans. I truly enjoyed Belize and Costa Rica and well as Cozumel. I definitely want to explore more tropical vacation spots along the way.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. We love Lake George NY in the Adirondack Mountains it’s our family’s favorite place to unwind. Great baby quilt, not the colors I would think of but I really like the combo.

  39. Love those pandas ! We love county Wicklow in Ireland, it’s our “go to” spot but of course we live in Ireland so it’s easy for us. Fabulous beaches, gorgeous hills and scenery. Food. Music. Heritage and all very relaxed. Love it nearly as much as those pandas😁

  40. My sister-in-law loves pandas. She would swoon over your little quilt. Our favorite vacation spot is Holden Beach, NC. It’s you and the beach, no fuss. And if you go at the end of the summer, you may get to lead sea turtle hatchlings to the sea.

  41. My favorite place is Scotland but a more doable vacation spot is Disneyworld. But, most anywhere can be a great vacation. Just depends on how you are feeling about it.

  42. What a Darling little quilt! Vacation-we love to vacation at Bonny Bay in Dryden Canada 🇨🇦. Awesome fishing or just plainly hanging out! Beautiful place and people!❤️

  43. The pandas are soooo adorable! We don’t vacation much but we just met up with my brother and his family yesterday while they’re visiting Victoria, BC, Canada, and I was reminded how much beautiful it is there, how many things there are to do and how exhausting a 7 and 9.5 year are!

  44. Awwww… that is one super adorable quilt and those fabrics are super sweet! You ought to travel to the East Coast of Canada… beautiful countryside and the friendliest people ever!

  45. We are very fond of pandas at our house, too! Favorite vacation spot would have to be Oregon coast with my mom and my kids!

  46. I love the quilt! The fabric and pattern are adorable! The best vacation I’ve ever been on was a cruise!! We went to the Bahamas, but I honestly just loved the cruise part!

  47. Such a cute quilt!! My favorite vacation spot is the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan. We’ve stayed in a number of different vacation cottages in that area and I love the shops, lakes, and restaurants we’ve visited. We live in Texas, but my husband is from Michigan. It’s a treat to trade the Texas heat for a breezy lake front cottage!

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