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Wild Goose Chase
Wild Goose Chase

The Ladies Art Company catalog of 1897 included this block as its #94. It shows flying geese as they're usually used: in long lines and (often) as borders. The triangle proportions are unusual, though. In traditional blocks, each "goose" is usually 2 times as wide as it is tall.

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Wild Goose Chase
Wild Goose Chase

Jonathan Holstein's The Pieced Quilt (1973) is the source for this block. Our own sources were Beyer's Quilter's Album and Brackman's Encyclopedia.

Wild Goose Chase
Wild Goose Chase

Wild Goose Chase—the Aunt Martha version—is from the booklet Easy Quilts (No. 3500). Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album tells us it was published around 1958.

At first glance, the block looks unnecessarily large. It has four different intersections of lines of flying geese! Why not make the block a single X?

The reason: The block is asymmetric. There's one unbroken line of 18 wild geese flying from upper left to lower right.

On the other hand, "Aunt Martha" pointed out that the block was 24 inches wide and that "only" 12 would make a quilt. She sounds just like our Mom.