Friday, September 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday--Oops Friday Quilt Edition: Mini Geese

Happy September! One of my favorite months of the year. Why? Because fall is just around the corner--my favorite season. Rumor has it that our summer will be extended a bit in these parts, but I bet our evenings will still cool down, and that will be good enough for me. 

Thinking of fall makes me think of geese. Our Canada geese do hang around some areas here pretty much all year now (thanks, Canada), but as soon as there's a hint of fall, we start seeing V's and hearing the honks as more geese move in.

Anyway, I've looked through my old quilt pictures to see what I have in the way of geese, and you know what? Not much. Hmmm. Because I really like the look of the flying geese block. I do have a strippie quilt with geese hanging in my family room (I wrote about it here) and I remember that I later made a similar strippie pattern as a wedding present for a niece, but the only other picture I can put my hands on at the moment is a tiny quilt I made in June 1989.

This quilt was a wedding present for my husband's uncle. I did not know his wife-to-be, but I had heard that she liked antiques, so I made a sort of vintage-y looking mini quilt. I do not remember if I was paper piecing at that time--perhaps not, although if I were to make it today, I would paper piece the geese in a long strip. I can't find any sketches to show how I planned it. 

The quilt measures 9 3/4 by 13 1/8 inches. (Yes, I was that picky in recording my measurements.) Judging from the dimensions in the photo, the flying geese are probably 1 by 2 inches. The batting is probably Quilt Light polyester by Mountain Mist because that's what I typically used in miniature quilts. I hand quilted it with cotton thread. (My notes with the photo say 10 yards.)

Here's the back:
It looks like I quilted 1/4 inch away from the background triangles and then did a double row of wavy quilting in the border. 

My later attempts at flying geese in those other two quilts were not terribly successful and yielded kind of wonky quilts. But I do wonder if it's time to maybe give them another try. 

I meant to post this yesterday, but I had a little mishap--more on that later. So I guess this is a Flashback Friday instead of a Throwback Thursday. I will link up with Jenn at A Quarter Inch from the Edge for Throwback Thursday next time she has a linky party. 


Gina said...

Like you I love autumn for the sight of all those skeins of geese in the sky. We have flocks of Canadian Geese over with us. They come in to over winter along with swans on the moat at the castle. A wonderful sight

Lin said...

A very nice mini and I love the way you record the details. xx

Kaja said...

You kept such thorough records; imagine knowing how much thread you'd used! I really like your wavy quilting in the border - might give that a try some time.

Valerie Reynolds said...

A great little quilt to welcome Fall.