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Gecko Quilting

“Let the Lizard In”

Gecko quilting can be rather easy or frustrating.  It depends on how you do it.  There are two simple ways to bring the lizard to life. 

The first is to either find fabric with the image on it and do a landscape style quilt.

The other option is to use an applique technique and place the gecko anywhere you desire.

Either way you choose, it can be a wonderful way to make your own Kokopelli or Southwestern style quilt.

Here we will go over the second method and give you our pattern to use for your next quilting project.

Gecko Quilting Pattern

This is what our gecko quilting pattern looks like when finished.  Feel free to get the PDF version for free here:

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Adjust the size if you need to.

Before moving on to the basic steps to use this design, we thought it proper to explain an optional step.  Read it and see if this is something you want to try for your project.

Optional Step

There is an optional step to using this pattern that we will mention. 

Do you want this pattern to have a more three dimensional feel to it when you bring it to life?

Then this option is for you.

First of all you will need to make the design bigger than it is here.  You can do this by saving the image to your computer, then placing it in a word program, and dragging the corner of it to make it bigger.  

Using the design this way you can also make several lizards in different sizes on page to print out.

After you have made the image larger and your fabric applique is ready to be place onto the material, stuff it with batting or filler before you iron it into place.  It will make the lizard pop out on its final resting place (quilt).

If you are going to use this option, please be sure to use fusible that can be stitched down such as lite hold Heat n Bond.


After you have the pattern printed out, choose your fabrics.  Decide what will be the pattern and what will be the background fabric.

Then trace the design on to some fusible.  We prefer Heat n Bond because it’s high quality and extremely affordable.  

If this is the brand you choose, use ultra-hold for non-washable wall hangings and lite-hold for anything that will see the washer. 

The lite-hold is the only one that can be stitched down.  We don’t want to gum up your needles or cause a fun project to be the one to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Don’t want to scare the neighbors. ;) 

Next, cut out your design on the outer line.

Place the design on the back of the desired fabric.  Make sure the adhesive side is against the wrong side of the material.  It could get mess if the adhesive side touches the iron.   Ewe.

Then, with a medium hot iron, press the fusible and count to 3.  Sounds like 1 lizard, 2 lizard, 3 gecko.  

Does that sound like duck, duck, goose?

Now that the fusible is on the fabric, cut fabric along the inner lines.  This particular step is what helps the designs look so good and have less fraying or whiskers on the edges.

After that is accomplished, arrange the applique in the ideal position on the background fabric.  

This is where the optional method fits in.  Remember to only use it if the fusible is lite hold and can be stitched down.

Got the perfect fit?

Wonderful.  Iron press the piece into place to the count of 5.  Sounds like 1 lizard, 2… You get the idea.

Once that is finished it’s time to stitch it down with a satin stitch if you planned to do so.  This is done with a tight zigzag stitch.  

We recommend using silk blended thread for the excellent effect it will give this gecko quilting applique.

Isn’t that a lot easier than some other ways you’ve heard or tried?

Wrap Up

Gecko quilting can be fun and add a special flare of the North American cultures.  Try it and feel that sense of fine art.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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