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The Monkey Who Fell Off the Bed

 

When I saw this challenge I knew I had to create a project that

involved monkies. I am only about 5 weeks from delivering my first

son, and we've been creating a nursery with a monkey theme, and a

nursery rhyme challenge was just too perfect to not create something

to add to our nursery. A quick Google search and I had my rhyme, "Five

Little Monkies", which goes like so:

 

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

 

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell off and bumped her head.

Papa called the Doctor and the Doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

 

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

 

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell off and bumped her head.

Papa called the Doctor and the Doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

 

One little monkey jumping on the bed,

He fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,

"Put those monkeys straight to bed!"

 

I chewed the rhyme around for a while, not wanting to just paint a

scene from the rhyme and to be a little bit less expected, and also to

think about what would fit in our nursery. Eventually, an idea struck

- I'd make a rug in the shape of a flattened monkey to go right below

the crib (hence including the crib in the picture, an integral part of

the message ;) ), and this monkey would be "The Monkey Who Fell Off

the Bed", a not-so-subtle reminder for little Paul that

climbing/jumping/otherwise rocketing out of his crib will be a bad

idea once the idea strikes in a year or two.

 

I bought a nice fuzzy fabric for the top, with a similar feel to a

stuffed animal, and a brown corduroy for the backing because it added

a weight to it that I liked. Now, I've never actually finished a

quilting project before (I'm still working on my first quilt), and I

only have ever hand-quilted, so quilting this monkey up in one evening

was going to be a bit of a challenge. I ended up using my Kenmore with

a straight-stitch foot (I only have a straight-stitch and a zipper

foot...) and doing loose free-form quilting lines. The tail was

actually created a separate piece and then attached to the main body.

 

Now, to vacuum up all those teeny tiny brown fuzzies all over my apartment... :D

 

Created in: Mountain View, CA

 

Dimensions: About 50" head to toe (or 41" head to rump), and 38" at

its widest point, including the tail.

 

 

Kelsey Rose

 

P.S. This is my first entry to Project Quilting

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Taken on August 22, 2010