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.