When SAQA put out a call for entry called "Fur, Fangs, Feathers, and Fins" I knew I'd have to make an armadillo quilt. I love armadillos, but my family still tease me about them. We didn't have armadillos where I grew up, and the first one I saw in real life was driving back from my sister's college graduation. I lived in Arizona at the time where I was going to grad school, but my sister had been going to college in Texas where armadillos are native. We passed a dead one on the side of the road, and I made a comment about the poor dead baby armadillo. My sister told me it was a normal adult armadillo and I haughtily told her that no, armadillos were about the size of cows. I was very very sure and everyone was completely making fun of me. Of course now I live in Oklahoma where there are armadillos all over the place, but I've always thought they were cool (if smaller than I once envisioned).
The first armadillo and cow quilt was made for me by my mom. I had a fun cow t-shirt when I was a teenager, and when it got too worn to wear she made a super cute mini-quilt for me out of it, making sure to stitch on a few little armadillo buttons.
I decided my armadillo would be large and rainbow, and started brainstorming about how to make him. I decided to use plastic milk jugs and cherry tomato containers for the scales, so I started cutting things up and spray painting them. I wound up making two batches of each size- I feel like this sort of thing always takes more pieces than you think.