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White Leghorn Rooster Applique

I collect old LIFE Magazines. My paternal grandmother left behind quite a few when she died and I've bought a few since then. One of my favorites is the White Leghorn Rooster from April 26, 1937:

One of the interesting things about this issue is that "LIFE" on the cover is small in the lower left corner. I guess the editors thought that would have diminished the photo of the rooster and I agree.

I've wanted to quilt this guy for awhile, but couldn't quite figure out what to do. I thought maybe paper piecing, but that didn't work out so well. So, I tried applique. And, as it happens, Sweetwater Fabric issued a challenge on Instagram, so I decided to participate.

I started by tracing the LIFE image and then I made the lines straight:

The challenge is for a 6" x 6" block, so I had to cut it way down:

I ended up simplifying the image a bit further, but from there, I cut out each piece. The challenge also requires that I use Sweetwater fabric, so it was a good excuse to order one of their contest packs - I chose red fabric.

Here's what it looks like all stitched together:

Isn't he cute? I used one of the labels Sweetwater sent with the contest pack fabric. It seemed the most fitting, considering where this whole thing started.


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