What if I do a little research and then try drawing a Panda face?
I can use buttons, applique and stitching for the eyes, nose and mouth. There's no reason to make my life difficult by trying to piece those.
Sticking to the grid will make finding suitable seam lines easier.
When you sew you work from small to large. You join small pieces of fabric to make larger pieces. Then you join those pieces to make even larger pieces.
When you determine piecing you work from large to small. In effect you chop your image into pieces. Then you chop those pieces into ever smaller pieces.
I think working from the outside in proved to be a very effective way to divide up this block.
Maybe I should give him a bit more of a smile. What do you think?