Did you know that April 16, 2022 is the 50th anniversary of giant pandas at the Washington Smithsonian Zoo? If you haven’t visited the zoo to see the pandas, it is a must see on your next trip to Washington, D.C. We are fortunate to live so close to the zoo. We can pop in for a day to see the pandas or any of the other amazing animals they have there. If you can’t get to Washington, D.C., you can still watch the pandas on the PandaCam!

It has been fun watching Xiao Qi Ji grow, learn and play over the past year. Then again, it is fun to watch any fuzzy friend as they grow. They really are quite precious and precocious.

I can remember the first time I saw the panda at the zoo. It was a few decades ago, before the internet made such a thing so simple to do. We stood in line for hours just to get a glimpse of these giants. They were probably as worn out from watching us gawk as we were from waiting. They just sat munching on bamboo, looking pretty bored with us. I was just as impressed with their cousins the red pandas, a smaller, nimbler version who were much more active.

Given the anniversary of the panda in our area, I was excited to work with Timeless Treasures and the Dear Stella “Pande-monium” collection to create Panda Paws. This small quilt (51″ x 51″) combines traditional bear paw blocks and foundation pieced panda faces with this adorable print. It is a fun quilt for a new addition to the family or for someone who just loves bears, especially pandas.

We hope you make tracks and give the Panda Paws pattern a try. It is available in our shop for retail and wholesale.

Happy Quilting!