I have an aversion to patterns or making things like someone else has made. Even at Church craft nights I tweak the project to be more me or whatever. I also like to try things. Calvin (and Hobbes) calls it "great ideas in action," I think of mine as "bad ideas in action." Sometimes the seam ripper gets involved but mostly I make it work and have fun experimenting and finding a way to accomplish what I set out to do.
When I found out my nephew's nursery was going to be jungle theme I ran with it. I had wanted to do something with texture and more interactive than just a baby quilt. I think I pretty much nailed that, but you can't wrap a kid in it so I call it impractical. Now, on to the pictures! (the initial post is here if you want more details and pictures)
I think there are eight animals hidden in here. Wait, no, it's nine. I forgot the plover that cleans the crocodile's teeth. (who knew it was a plover? I sure didn't until I googled it.)
Aside from the tiger, I also hid a leopard and the toucan. I think I learned at least two new embrodiery stitches for that toucan.
I especially enjoyed making this as I just kinda went at it. I didn't measure, I didn't use rulers, I just did it and had fun. It was way fun. And makes me want to do an ocean texture quilt sometime. Can't you just imagine the sea weed?