Aurifil Color Builders Thread Club - The Pink Iguana

Aurifil Color Builders Thread Club - Pink Land Iguana

We're happy to welcome HollyAnne Knight back to share her mad quilting skills! Let's dive in to a bit of her pink land iguana inspiration!

aurifil-string-and-storyHappy May, Rockstars! I am so thankful for the opportunity to share quilting insights with you each month and suggest quilting plans for your Endangered Species Block of the Month! Today, let’s take a look at a handful of quilting motifs and discuss how we can create nature-like textures on our blocks and quilts. 

FMQ Motifs for Natural Textures

As you may remember from the Sea Turtle block in March, the Endangered Species Block of the Month is a fun opportunity to use the quilting in the background of our blocks to provide a little "context" for our critters. Just in case you want to get a little more creative on your own, I thought I'd share six motifs for creating natural textures with your FMQ.


Swirls are a classic background motif, and they are a perfect way to add a feeling of water or waves to the background of your quilt


Woodgrain is one of the most versatile motifs-- stitched at a medium size, it suggests its name-- the grain of cut wood. Stitched larger, however, it looks like fire, and stitched smaller it can look like the wrinkly texture of dry skin (like on the iguana quilting plans below).


Rocks, bubbles, stars,  fruit on a tree… Pebbles are another very versatile motif that can be used to customize the background of your Endangered Species.

Smoky Swirls

Smokey Swirls are, as the name suggests, very similar to swirls, but more elongated. They can be used to look like clouds, smoke, mist, waves, etc. 


Paisleys are arguably my favorite motif. I’ll conjure any excuse to use them, but for textures, I think they make excellent “foliage”-- leaves, flowers, and the general impression of shrubbery.


This motif is straight up addictive. It makes great wrinkly skin, vague desert-like dirt, rippling water, etc. 
(Psst: watch the video below for a brief discussion about how I think through quilting motifs for each animal as well as my quilting process for this month’s block)

This month, I spent some extra time scrolling pictures of the Pink Land Iguana on Google. Most of the animals so far I’ve been at least vaguely familiar with, but I needed a little contest for this critter. In the end, I decided to mix and match meander, switchbacks, pebbles, McTavishing, and woodgrain to provide a variety of challenges and effects while also creating a number of combinations that mimic the natural textures of the Iguana in its home environment. 

Introductory Level Quilting Plans

Introductory Level Quilting Plan, #1
Introductory Level Quilting Plan, #2

Introductory Level Quilting Plan, #3

This month's lovely Pink Land Iguana by Cassandra Beaver has small piecing around the face but larger pattern pieces toward the back of the body. Thus, I would recommend stitching in the ditch around the face, but allowing more creativity on the Iguana's body. My primary goal with all the quilting plans was to emphasize the textures of the sparse landscape and the bumpy, wrinkly skin of the Iguana. The results were pretty fascinating even at the most introductory level.

Beginner Level Quilting Plans 
Beginner Level Quilting Plan, #1

Beginner Level Quilting Plan, #2

Beginner Level Quilting Plan, #3

If you have a little more experience under your belt, check out the textures we can create with this Beginner level quilting plans. I added pebbles and woodgrain to the mix with these for more intricate textures.

Intermediate Level Quilting Plans

Intermediate Level Quilting Plan, #1

Intermediate Level Quilting Plan, #2

Intermediate Level Quilting Plan, #3

Intermediate Level Quilting Plan, #4

Since the pieces are bigger this month, my custom quilting loving heart is excited for the opportunity to pull in dense motifs like McTavishing and woodgrain. McTavishing creates a really fascinating option for a gravely background while woodgrain creates a unique option to imitate wrinkly Iguana skin.


Sewing clubs

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published