Lurking Pig–A Finished Quilt

When the Project QUILTING Triangulation challenge came out I couldn’t not get the idea of a “triangular pig” out of my head.  I also had a “Barns of America” challenge for the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show that I had to finish up and it’s usually around the second Project QUILTING Challenge that I try to double up the challenges.  It turns out the “triangular pig” fit right into the barn thing and I came up with an idea.

  Lurking Pig Preliminary SketchIt was either going to be arty like this sketch … or

Lurking Pig Preliminary Sketch
I was going to go a little more traditional and piece the classic “barn” quilt block with a pig
I decided to go the artier route. I pulled a bunch of fat quarters in blues, browns (mud) and green for making the background triangles.

  fabric pullYou’ll probably notice that I didn’t end up using them all … I found some scraps that worked really well too and threw those in.  But this was a great way to decide on my palette for the quilt.

all sorts of traingles
I decided that I was going to piece the background entirely of triangles – half square triangles, tri recs triangles and quarter square triangles – just to be a little different.  I had a cold which was perfect for mindless piecing.

  triangulation background
It wasn’t long before I had my 24” square background complete (the Sun Prairie Challenge required the quilt to be 24” square). 

pig sketchI sketched a pig for raw edge appliquebarn sketch and a barn.

I wanted the pig facing the other direction so I just traced him directly onto the heat’n’bond lite fusible as is. I had to trace the barn on the back side of the paper so it would be flipped when tracing it onto the heat’n’bond fusible

pig triangles

I decided that I would piece half square triangles together for the pig fabric.  I thought it would create a cool effect for the piece. 

As for the barn – well, I had challenge fabric that I was required to use for the Sun Prairie Challenge.  When they handed out the challenge packs you either got beige barn fabric or barn red barn fabric. 

barn fabric
Well – my challenge pack had the beige and I didn’t think that would contrast enough with the brown muds I had pieced. 

shiva paintstiks

The challenge did state we were allowed to alter the fabric so I pulled out my shiva paintstiks.

altered barn fabric
I added enough color to darken the fabric a bit and to create a more weathered old barn effect. This was much better.

preliminary Lurking Pig Quilt

I pinned up the pig and the barn to see how it looked.  I liked it but the big definitely needed more definition.  I was going to just quilt the pig outline with dark thread but Trish told me to try a coloring book black line. 

preliminary Lurking Pig Quilt

This was actually easy to achieve by tracing the pig onto heat’n’bond lite fusible slightly larger than the actual drawing.  I also created a few extra outlines for the ears, snout and other piggy details.  With the thicker lines on the pig I thought the barn would also need some thicker lines so I cut those out too.  The last thing to fuse was the fence.  I wanted the fence to help create the illusion of depth (since the big is way bigger than the barn, he needed to appear way out in front of it).  I’m pretty happy with how the lines from the fence helped achieve this.

aurifil thread

Once everything was fused in place it was time to quilt.  I proudly have a plethora of Aurifil thread in many colors and it wasn’t hard to pick out the ones I wanted to use for this quilt.  I used all 50 wt in 5007 (blue), 1231 (green), 2530 (pink), 4012 (brown), 2692 (black, not shown), and2460 (barn red, not shown).

  close up of lurking pig
There were A LOT of layers of fabric in this pig so I took my time and blanket stitched most of the pig down first.  Then I free motion quilted just a bit more to completely secure everything down.  Since I used heat’n’bond lite fusible I had to stitch everything that was fused down so it wouldn’t come off.

  Lurking Pig Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I spent a whole morning getting this piece quilted.  I was going to keep the quilting simple but it’s a little swirly/feathery … it’s hard for me to be calm sometimes.  I bound the quilt in a fun variegated striped fabric and put a hanging sleeve on it right away.  I named it “Lurking Pig” because in the Live facebook video for the first challenge my daughter, Pip, kept poking her head into the video and was “lurking” through most of the end of it.  As I re-watched I couldn’t stop laughing and thought “Lurking Pig” would be the perfect name for this piece.

Be sure to check out all the amazing quilts created for the “Triangulation” challenge and VOTE for your 10 favorites (I don’t qualify but if you like it feel free to comment here). 

Linking up to "Finish Up Friday" since I technically finished on a Friday ... just didn't have it blogged yet...


  1. That looks fabulous. The additional black, on the pig especially, makes a huge difference. Thanks for showing the process.

  2. You did an amazing job on this piece. Outstanding. Very creative making the pig out of HSTs.

  3. Fun quilt, the comic book outline idea was perfect!

  4. So cute! The black outlining really adds dimension.

  5. I'm not even fond of pigs, but I really like yours! Thanks for sharing your process.

  6. love that quilt and that cheeky lurking pig !!

  7. KInd of sad I can't vote for it because I love it so much. It's full of all kinds of goodness plus I am a big fan of Charlotte's Web so I can't help but think of Wilbur.

  8. Lurking pig turned out great. Love the process post! Congrats, Kim.

  9. I love your Lurking Pig!! The background is so exciting and adding the black outline helps everything to really pop!!

  10. Love this! Thanks so much for showing the process!

  11. I’m not even a quilter and I’m loving this pig quilt! Of course I also love the dedication to Pip and her “lurking” around her talented mama!

  12. Whoa! You did an awesome job. The black line really made it come to life.

  13. What fun! I had never seen your method before and am so intrigued. Also, thank you for the info on Project Quilting. Following them on FB now for future events.
    Now off to check out the other entries in the Challenge.

  14. Between the Shiva sticks used on the barn and the coloring book outline of the pig, I'm having trouble determining my favorite part of your scene. You did a great job on this little quilt!!


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