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Thread: Kosher Pigs-My Take on String Stars

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    Red face Kosher Pigs-My Take on String Stars

    Hi Everyone! I'm a new-ish quilter who has finally found fabric and a pattern I adore and have started to make as my first full quilt. When I saw the scrappy star pattern with its wonderful six pointed stars, the first thing that came to mind was one of the things I hold dear, being Jewish. Of course the six points made me think of a Mogen Dovid or better known as a Star of David, a Jewish star (think Israeli flag.)

    I have lovingly named this quilt 'Kosher Pigs'. My idea is to make this quilt about the two things that I adore most. My father who passed in 2010 gave me my love for pigs (he was the reason we had a pet pig for a year when I was in third grade), so I knew I HAD to make a pig quilt. I collect anything piggy and was in love when I saw the following fabrics.

    I'm using the following fabrics as my focal Fabrics, using pinks, blues, and greens for strips.
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    I saw the pattern and the fabric and couldn't resist making it. The advice I read is that your first real quilt should be made FOR YOU so you can always look back upon it (and not worry that your novice skills will be noticed if you give it as a gift like we all want to as quilters.)

    I was thinking that the focal fabrics could be used for triangles every few star points (one of the six in the pattern) to bring them more into play. Since pigs aren't Kosher, I would hate to have them be butchered when I cut them into strips smaller than 2 1/4". and to let the bigger piggies on them completely show I'd have to cut them at least 4", and since the pattern calls for that are 5 3/4" it seems silly to have 4" strips of one fabric. It would be a random scrappy look to them. I also have the following fabric and can't decide if I should strip it since the pattern it tiny or make it a third focal...
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    Do you guys/gals think I should only have a single 60 triangle for the focal fabrics, or an entire diamond? Do you think I should use the two fabrics in the same star or only one of the points? IF I use the third fabric as another focal, should I do every other point of the star a focal (since obviously three is half of six)? The last question I have for now is if you guys think this needs foundation like original square string quilts? In the pattern and video they didn't use it, but I wasn't sure if it was something that SHOULD be done to support the strips that are from 1 1/4" to 2 1/4".

    Hope to hear from everyone soon with ideas and thoughts on this quilt of Kosher Pigs!

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    Love the pattern and love the fabrics since I'm also a fan of pigs. I haven't seen the directions, but what I would do is to cut the pigs fabrics into strips the width of the pigs. The strips on the third fabric will be narrower than the other two fabrics. Then I would definitely mount the strips onto a muslin strip that is as wide as the length of one of the diamonds and cut the diamonds out of that.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Your fabric is adorable! There are several methods to piece that pattern and Artsyone's suggestion to use foundation fabric is a good one. Starch your fabric well before cutting the diamond shapes because some of the pieces edge will be on the bias and bias edges tend to stretch.

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    I love, love, love the quilt. And the pigs just add to it! I find it interesting a little Jewish girl had a pig at one time. I'd love to hear that story, if you wouldn't mind sharing.

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    Welcome to the board! I myself am a porcine lover! I am really jealous of your fabrics! I have a few pig fabrics and am collecting more because I want to make myself a rag quilt out of them. I don't have any advice about the string quilt, sorry!
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    Love your fabric.
    The chazas(sp) would look really cute on a jewish star quilt.
    I have a nice little Jewish dog that walks around with an annoying squealing chaza in hs mouth. There is nothing like waking up in the middle of the night to the chaza squealing when the dog rolls over on her.
    Where did you find the fabric?

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    That would be chazer but in NYese chaza would be acceptable - lol!

    Another MOT....

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    I think two fabrics per star. it just adds to the look. this should be so very cute. lovely prints.
    I"m collecting sheep/lambs prints to make a quilt with some day.

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    Those are great fabrics, especially the pink pigs with flowers.

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    Love those pigs,too cute

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    Howdy and welcome, from Texas! The fabrics are adorable. Please post a picture, when you finish the quilt!
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    Warmest welcome from the wild of western WI! I think I might just use one fabric per. Try making a couple of sample blocks to see how you like it done. And PLEASE post when you get this all together!
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    Yep...make a sample or two before you begin (show us...because we loooove pics.). Love your fabric and the story behind it, oh, and before I forget....hello and welcome, from Perth, Western Australia.

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    Your fabrics are too cute! Love the quilt. Great background color, too.

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    Hi Alexis! Welcome fellow tribeswoman! I LOVE your pigs! How about using a spiral design? Renae Merrill did a book on it... It works great for prints like yours. You should be able to find directions online too...My opinion, use one fabric in a star. But I am a minimalist....I think it might be too busy with both in a single star and you would lose the design. But how about cutting out 6 points of each and audition them singly and mixed? Really the only way to find what you like. And we want pics!!!!!
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    I would alternate star blocks and pig fabric blocks. I'm afraid that when you cut up the pigs, you will loose the design and it will just be colors.

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    This quilt can be assembled in triangle units. It's much easier to put together that way.

    Here's a diagram of the two triangle units (each triangle unit has 9 triangle sub units)

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    Catmcclure-- are you then suggesting, the pigs be the light green or the dark green? Or trying it both ways to decide?
    i think the Kosher Pig quilt is a great idea! My son wanted to have a Kosher pig farm when he grew up. He charged 25cents to get into his room, for years. That was supposed to be seed money for the farm. Lol. But he always spent it on other things. Today he writes plays
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    I love your fabric! You must not be too new to quilting, as the pattern looks complex to me!! It will be great though. I hope you post lots of pictures....and welcome from Texas.

    Dina

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    i would do two focal prints a star. Have you thought about making the big joining diamonds out of one of the focal prints and use a plain color for any stripping?

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    Oh, what fun fabrics! I can see why you just can't cut them, they're too cute! Yes to the diamond shape instead of just the triangle, and I'd probably use one focus print per block, alternating the focus diamonds with string diamonds. Hope that make sense.

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    Oh, and welcome to the board!

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    No ideas on your quilt. Welcome from Missouri.
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    The pigs are adorable. Your picture of the quilt just gave me a new idea for my next scrap quilt--I love it and have been looking for something like this for a while now. THANK YOU!!
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