My quilt was not inspired by the Geico commercials, though I do enjoy them! My husband Bob and I often spy little green geckos on our window or door screens. Sometimes one of the lizards will get inside, and then I carefully scoop it up in my dustpan and let it loose outside. I’ve long toyed with making a lizard quilt and even thought of using the word “critter” when I chose the theme, but then I changed my mind. As soon as I heard what our theme word was this time, I thought about making a quilt featuring green geckos.
I found coloring book images of two geckos of different sizes, which I used for templates and cut them from two different green batiks. These I fused, using Wonder Under, to another batik that had blue and green jungle-like foliage on a black background.
I layered this to cotton batting and then began hand quilting with embroidery stitches, following the designs of the foliage, using either blue or green floss. I started out quilting just here and there, but somehow I just couldn’t make myself stop, so it ended up having a lot of hand stitching. Next I added tiny green beads to both lizards, and I used orange beads for their eyes.
To finish the edges, I stitched small, closely spaced, zigzag stitches around twice with black thread, and then once each with blue and finally green, using rayon thread for all. The backing is a fabric I absolutely adore—a lizard print that I’ve had for some time, which in addition to the little live geckos that often visit us, served as an inspiration for this quilt.