Armadillo by Karen Alexander of Austin, Texas
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Karen adapted the armadillo pattern from the first quilt book I ever wrote. Marie Shirer and I published Creature Comforts in 1986.
It's an alphabet book with pieced animals. We did this before anyone invented the piecing over paper foundation technique. You had to make templates and then trace them onto the fabric backs.
One of our main inspirations was this 1933 series from the Prudence Penny column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Here's a set of old blocks that are appliqued rather than pieced.
I recently figured out where Prudence got her idea.
G. Selma Sauer published a lovely little book in 1931
called the Patchy-Zoo.
She illustrated her animals as if they were patchwork---
but painting is easier than actually sewing them.
The Patchy Zoo is rather rare and expensive on the used book market.
But you could probably find every illustration floating around on the internet.
I can't find a thing about G. Selma Sauer. I hope she wasn't a one-book wonder as this is such a great book.
Our book on the other hand is way cheap.
And they have invented paper foundation piecing now.
If you have BlockBase you have many of the patterns for Prudence Penny's Patchwork Zoo. In the category Realistic-->Other Animals you will find the Reindeer.
The Penguins are under Birds
The Crocodile is Other Animals
You can print out the templates.
But you might prefer to just print out a block in the size you want and then figure out a way to piece it over a paper foundation.