I started with a pattern from this book which was super cute, but I have to admit that it was a little too ambitious for a first quilt, so after some major scaling back it turned out pretty cute.
Each little monkey is an applique and their little ears stick out from the quilt making it a little more tactile.
(This is not my finished product! This one looks awesome... I found it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/patchworkpottery/with/3478350840/#photo_3478350840 )
I gave the quilt I made to my nephew and didn't take a picture of it...oops! Even though the pattern calls for nine monkeys after appliqueing just one...I was like...that's enough right...so the finished quilt only has one monkey on it. Again a little ambitious for a first quilt!
This is my second quilt...still an attempt at applique, but a lot less work since the background is totally one piece there was no patches or blocks to sew.
Here's an up close shot of the face.
And I added some lace trim for the "skirt".
Still very amateur, but I'm calling it whimsical!
Does anyone have any first time quilting flops or successes? You've got to start somewhere right?