"I'm picturing peek-a-boo flaps with elephants and monkeys hiding behind trees, etc. Just my guess."
What?! Is it that obvious an idea? Does everyone immediately think hidden animals? Are she and I just equally creative? Or is it just the most ridiculous thing she could think of? Either way, she was pretty much dead on. Take a look.
I used interfacing for his snout, another first. It's sturdy enough to hold up in the laundry (this thing's machine wash and dry-booyah!) but not so stiff that a kid could poke an eye out or anything weird like that.
I used embroidery floss to give him a few details and even gave him a little water line so he'd be in the water not on the water.
Next up, the tiger.
Now for more hidden animals.
He has lots of vines down there for swinging. Technically he can't leave his own vine, but his hand is a buttonhole, he can swing around on his. See? He's not sewn down really anywhere.
Now let's be clear, I don't embroider. If you do, feel free to call your husband into the room to laugh at my toucan, but know this, I tried. I even googled stitches. I used that stitch for making leaves to make his tail. It doesn't show up too well in the pic, but his tail is loose. It flaps around.
The canopy is leaves of a batik ferny print backed with a solidish green. I sewed them into leaf shapes, complete with veins, and then pinking sheared the edges. They are sewn in layers and each layer can be lifted and show it's opposite fabric.
I made the binding a few inches wide to be more like a frame than a clashing attention grabbing binding. I think it does a good job of framing rather than distracting.
Remember I was going for texture, here's the texture for a little one.
This quilt was extra fun in the making as I didn't measure anything! It was a total mathless quilt and it didn't turn out a disaster. The only bummer of the whole thing is my beautiful shoreline. There is gorgeous curved piecing where the river reaches the lake/swamp thing. Gorgeous! And no one will ever see it because of the grass. Seriously, you can't even peek between the grass layers for a glimpse. But now we all know it's there, and we can bask in the knowledge.
And here's why I call it impractical: you totally can't wrap a baby in it. Like at all. It will be great for tummy time, and my four year old loves it, but still, impractical for a newborn. Although can't you just see a teensy one gumming those elephant ears?
The baby shower is happening now, I hope they weren't expecting anything practical. My mother-in-law made them a baby blanket, I'm depending on her to give them something they can wrap a kid in!