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Thread: help! how do I work this fabric into a quilt design?

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    [IMG]http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...DSC05910-1.jpg[/IMG]

    So I got this fabric to incorporate into a Christmas gift quilt for DH, who loves pigs. I was going make this "Rectangles Behind Bars" quilt http://www.judysisneros.com/FloraFauna.htm with the pig fabric for the focus fabric, but after I bought all my fabric I realized that the focus fabric is supposed to be a large scale print. I really like this quilt design, and I've been trying to think of a way to incorporate the pig fabric into the design. I was thinking of making it into a square (or almost square) quilt with just one "focus fabric" strip. I could either just put a strip of the pig fabric instead of the "behind bars" area if that makes sense...but then it wouldn't look very quilt-y. Or I could make that section into a square and do a frame around 4 snowflake blocks with the pig fabric for the centers.

    Or I could scrap this design entirely and do something else, maybe with four patch blocks.... Please help me figure out how to make my pig-themed quilt!

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    What about a One Block Wonder??

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    I have no idea but I had to answer. The image developed slowly and I was not expecting pigs!!

    I am sure anything you come up with will be amazing!

    Good luck,

    Maria

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    Sure, nothing says Christmas like angelic piggies. Love those porkers.

    What about using a square of the pig fabric as a focus fabric and making a log cabin alternate block. You could call it "On the farm"

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    Or maybe I could do something like this http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltbl...07_lotto_4.htm ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Sure, nothing says Christmas like angelic piggies. Love those porkers.

    What about using a square of the pig fabric as a focus fabric and making a log cabin alternate block. You could call it "On the farm"
    Do you mean something like this Mock Log Cabin Block http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...k_logcabin.htm but with the pig fabric instead of a four patch in the center?

    It's for a Christmas present, not supposed to be particularly Christmas-y...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    Do you mean something like this Mock Log Cabin Block http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...k_logcabin.htm but with the pig fabric instead of a four patch in the center?

    It's for a Christmas present, not supposed to be particularly Christmas-y...
    I was kidding about the pigs being "christmasy." I think it's a really cute idea.

    The pattern you showed is an option and it would work if the 4-patch included some pigs. But that is not what I was thinking.

    I imagine a regular or a wonky log cabin block made in the rusty, red, brown tones that are in the pig fabric. THen, I would cut a square of pig fabric, the same size as the log cabin and alternate one pig- one log cabin. In those colors, the log cabin could be a log barn - hence my original title.

    Another idea: Have you seen some of the quilts done with Olivia (the pig) fabric? You may decide to use one of those patterns and feature your parade of pigs in place of Olivia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    What about a One Block Wonder??
    I second that. It's definitely what I would do.

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    I would probably do something simple like a hole in the barn door block with a piggy face as the center square. :0D

    I searched for pig quilts last night. I'm interested in piggy fabrics and designs for a someday pig theme. Hope to see project pix from you.

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    If you did a One Block Wonder, wouldn't you lose the pigs? The pigs are so cute, and especially since your husband likes pigs, why would you want them to lose their pigginess?

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    Ones I have done where I've fussy cut a particular pattern are :
    Churn Dash, Hole in the Barn Door, Warm Wishes, Sawtooth Star, and Courthouse Steps.
    :D

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    I love the fabric....made me think of my mom...she loved pigs also. We just lost her 2 years ago....and don't laugh.....but on her headstone.....we have a little pig....that has angel wings......its the cutiest thing.....this fabric made me think of her....thank you.

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    What about this pattern???
    Warm Wishes
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/content_do...DoubleSize.pdf

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    I was thinking warm wishes as well.

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    Hmmm...so which of the suggested blocks would be fairly easy? I've only done a couple of fairly simply quilts (nothing with triangles) and I don't have too much time between two small children (currently trying to out-scream each other!) and a dozen other (smaller) gifts to make for Christmas...

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    I like the log cabin idea. You could do the quilt in the log cabin design and use the pigs for the border.

    Judy

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    How about a snowball block or attic window with the piggy as the focus fabric? Would be great with other farm fabrics, if you know what I mean.

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    What about Stack-n-Whack.

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    Hmmm...I like the Attic Window and the Warm Wishes. Attic Window looks kind of complicated, and I don't know if the pig print would show up very well since it's kind of dark? But warm wishes says it needs a large scale print and the pig print isn't...the picture is of a 12" tall section so the pigs are only about 1.5" tall.

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    What about the star block the Eddie used for his table runner...
    Anyone know the name?
    I can't remember....
    Kirsten

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    ...Oh yea, Attic window, maybe big "window" panels so you really see the pigs... How cute!

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    Put it in the border. Then pick up colors from the fabric for whatever you choose to do for the middle of the quilt.

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    go with warm wishes you cand use some complimemtary colors!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    Hmmm...so which of the suggested blocks would be fairly easy? I've only done a couple of fairly simply quilts (nothing with triangles) and I don't have too much time between two small children (currently trying to out-scream each other!) and a dozen other (smaller) gifts to make for Christmas...
    Warm wishes is easy. When my friend wanted to make her first quilt we chose warm wishes. One hint: Cut the pig blocks after you have sewn together the strip sets. Measure and cut your pig blocks the size of your strip sets, not the size listed in the pattern. That way if your piecing is off a little the pig blocks can accommodate that.

    Have fun! I am working on quilt #2 for my husband this year. The first one was lightweight and he has requested a heavier one for the winter. Spoiled isn't he!?

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    I have not ideas for you on what kind of quilt to make, but that fabric sure made me smile!

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