Welcome to Day 3 of the Get On Board with Sewing Blog Hop. Hello and if this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! I’m Yvonne and my blog and business name is Quilting Jetgirl which is a blend between my current profession (I am a quilt pattern designer and technical editor for the quilting industry) and my former professional career as an aerospace engineer. In addition, today happens to be my birthday. All in all, I’m quite excited that you are here today and I can’t wait to share my finished thread painting of a very special gold dust day gecko with you. At the end of this post you’ll find a Rafflecopter giveaway associated with the blog hop and a special birthday coupon code to my pattern shop.
But first, a bit more back story…
When Melva from Melva Loves Scraps reached out to me at the end of June to see if I might be interested in participating in a blog hop to celebrate that September is National Sewing Month AND when she mentioned that the theme would be tropical, well, I knew it would be perfect. At the end of June when Melva contacted me, I was in the final stages of planning to move back to California after having had the privilege and opportunity to live on the Big Island of Hawaii for a little over a year and a half. I knew that having this blog hop would be the extra incentive I would need to get my sewing studio set up (Studio Set Up Part 1, Studio Set Up Part 2) after our move.
Today, I’ll be sharing photos my finished project, but if you are interested in how I created this thread painting, be sure to read the progress posts I made last week:
As I mentioned last week, there are a few things about moving away from Hawaii that are a bit sad. One of the things we miss most is Iggy, the dominant male gold dust day gecko who lived on our front porch. We grew rather fond of Iggy. Don’t worry, the new owner has already texted us photos of Iggy; he’s still thriving and being a good guard gecko! Well, as of today, my thread painting of Iggy is complete and he now will get to “hang out” on my wall beside me as I work in my studio!
I used a total of 22 different 50wt Aurifil thread colors to create Iggy. From the lower left of the photo above, starting with black, and moving clockwise, I used:
- 2692 (Black)
- 2630 (Dark Pewter)
- 5004 (Grey Smoke)
- 2360 (Chocolate)
- 2350 (Copper)
- 2024 (White)
- 2277 (Light Red Orange)
- 2145 (Yellow Orange)
- 2115 (Lemon)
- 2870 (Green)
- 2865 (Emerald)
- 2860 (Light Emerald)
- 1114 (Grass Green)
- 1231 (Spring Green)
- 2908 (Spearmint)
- 2312 (Ermine)
- 2000 (Light Sand)
- 1320 (Bright Teal)
- 2725 (Light Wedgewood)
- 1128 (Light Blue Violet)
- 2740 (Dark Cobalt)
- 2810 (Turquoise)
Whew, that’s a lot of thread, but having the variety of colors and shades is ultimately what gives Iggy depth and helps make him seem as realistic as possible.
I was working from an inspiration photograph of Iggy that my husband took, and my husband used a very narrow depth of field when he took the photograph. That means that Iggy has a very narrow band of focus in the photograph. In order to do my best to mimic Iggy fading out of focus, I tapered off the micro pebbling and background detail and switched to using lighter colors and eventually went to more traditional thread painting and avoided trying to make each individual skin bump perfectly defined.
Iggy is ready for his close-up! As you can tell when comparing to my husband’s inspiration photograph, my thread painting version of Iggy is not perfectly color matched, but I am quite happy with how he came together.
My husband and I estimate that the thread painting I created of Iggy is about 3.8 to 4 times larger than Iggy is in real life. The hoop that Iggy is mounted is a 10.5″ diameter hoop, and the visible thread painted portion of Iggy is about 9 inches long. If I had quilted his full body at this scale, he would have been about 27″-30″ long. In real life, Iggy probably measure 7″ long from nose to tail tip if he was stretched out in a long, straight line.
Last but not least is a photograph of Iggy beside my thread rack / stash of 50wt Aurifil thread. I have 81 different colors of 50wt thread, and using 22 of those meant I used over 25% of the thread that is on the rack in order to make Iggy. That’s pretty mind boggling to me. Iggy was a labor of love, and I know I am going to enjoy having him to remind me of our time in Hawaii.
Speaking of mind boggling… I estimate that I have well over 40 hours of quilting put into creating Iggy. I didn’t keep track exactly, because I honestly didn’t really want to know, but over the last week and a half I have poured in the hours to make sure that I got Iggy complete in time for this blog hop. It was a labor of love, and I am so glad that I took the time to make something for myself as my first major project in my new studio.
Get On Board With Sewing Blog Hop
Now for all the fun stuff! Be sure to visit all the other wonderful projects that are being shared as part of the Get On Board With Sewing Blog Hop hosted by Melva from Melva Loves Scraps and Brenda from Songbird Designs.
Thursday, September 1
Friday, September 2
- Karen Karen’s Korner
- Nancy Grace and Peace Quilting
- Sharon & Susan Ms P Designs USA
- Nina-Marie Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever
Monday, September 5
- Karrin Karrin’s Crazy World
- Linda Texas Quilt Gal
- Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl (You are here!)
- Emily The Darling Dogwood
Tuesday, September 6
- Gail Quilting Gail
- Joy Days Filled with Joy
- Melisa Pinker ‘n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching
- Carol Quilt Schmilt
Wednesday, September 7
- Melva Melva Loves Scraps
- Tammy Tamarinis
- Leah Quilted Delights
- Patricia Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer
Birthday Flash Sale
Iggy is my birthday present to myself. My birthday gift to you is a one day only 35% off coupon code that you can use and apply toward any and all patterns in my pattern shop. Just use the coupon code: AwesomeIggy and remember, the coupon code will only be valid on September 5, 2022 (Pacific Standard Time).
Thank you so much for visiting today and helping me have a memorable and enjoyable birthday; I just love getting to connect with the quilting community. If you would like to continue to follow along with me on my quilting journey, you can email subscribe to follow my blog using the menu on the right hand side of this page or follow me using any of the options linked to below. Happy quilting!
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I hope you are having a great time visiting everyone on the Get On Board With Sewing Blog Hop. Be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win the grand prize quilt package: a $25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics, $25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page, Aurifil thread, a digital pattern from Melva – Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail, a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts donated by Patricia from the Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer Blog, three stash builder bundles generously donated by Island Batik, and a crib sized Quilter’s Dream Angel batting from Songbird Designs. Good luck!