Friday, May 15, 2015

Wild Goose Chase


 I recently realised that one of my favourite quilts, Wild Goose Chase only ever got a brief mention on my blog as part of another post so I decided to give it its own moment in the spotlight. 
 


I made Wild Goose Chase 5 years ago. It was soon after the first issue of Fat Quarterly ezine came out. In one of the articles the six contributers each made their own versions of a Flying Geese block. I was inspired to see what I could come up with. I decided to get wonky so pulled out some stripey scraps and started to sew. This quilt just grew from there. 

So why is Wild Goose Chase a favourite quilt of mine? Well there's so much to see in this quilt! I find I get caught looking at the different shapes, and then I enjoy the way the stripes lead off into all  directions and then back again, there's just so much movement. The few dots here and there add a hint of dotty goodness. I know it's quite a busy quilt but I find the nautical colours help calm it down a little. 

Although the improv style looks really random, I did take care with the design of certain parts of the quilt, for example I purposely tried to get these red and navy stripes lined up. There are other parts where I've grouped similar fabrics together.



If I need a break from all those stripes. I can flip it over and reveal another quilt of big simple flying geese. The middle triangle disappearing point leads to the reverse side.


 I really like the way the quilting echoes the geese pattern on this side.

I like both sides equally so I think of it as a two sided quilt rather than a front and back. Add that to the list of reasons why it's a favourite.  

It's only a small quilt, perfect for a wall hanging at 24 inches square,

but it's not the size that counts, it's how it looks on the day :) . 

I'm linking up to Bloggers Quilt Festival. Thanks to Amy for hosting a great event that allows bloggers to share their quilts, see other quilter's wonderous work of all styles and enjoy visiting new exciting blogs.

34 comments:

Janice said...

What a fun quilt. It must have been great fun playing with the various stripes.

shez said...

Hi Rachael this mini quilt is gorgeous,well done xx

Patchwork and Play said...

Wild indeed!!! I can tell you had great fun making this Rachael! And who doesn't love a two sided quilt- two for the price of one!!!

Marg said...

Love both sides too. It's a fun quilt and I love the way you have made the flying geese. Another gorgeous quilt.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This little cutey has so much movement and really keeps your eye searching for the pattern. I love how you did the back too, great idea!

Barb said...

I don't which side I like the best! The back is so fantastic and the front is so fun to look at. I love the nautical theme of the fabrics and the yipes stripes - they are great especially on the binding ;)
love it!

rebecca said...

Oh yes, you have been remiss. This is a very exciting quilt...sort of Brian Wildsmith meets Op Art. I particularly like how it contrives to be so flowing and organic when made up of precise stripes. The quilting gives a squishy pillow curve to each triangle in a way I don't think I have ever attended to before. I like this one a lot!

smazoochie said...

A charmer! I love flying geese, too, but I now need to try them wonkily.

tracie @ beets+birch said...

i love how you put your own modern spin on a classic! you're pretty bad ass in my book!
the mixer beaters on the back side!!! big smiles! oh how i love your randomness!

Lynne Shandley said...

You did have fun with this one! I love the way you have that perfect square and the careful matching of the binding, and then pretty much everything else is wonked.

Melissa P said...

Those geese are full of energy! I love to see quilts that come from challenging one's self. It's always a benefit to step outside that box, even if we do play in a rather large box already. :)

audrey said...

Really great quilt. This one definitely has some zing and zang going on! LOVE all the stripes.:)

Kyle said...

There's nothing tame about these geese. They are a free spirited flock. I admire your improv ability. It's truly refreshing.

Pip said...

I love all the striped geese, the whole quilt reminds me of looking down from a height and seeing a whole lot of house roofs in a street below.

O'Quilts said...

Every quilt loves a show of its own.

Nifty Quilts said...

Ooh, I just LOVE this quilt! All those stripes going every which way, but with just enough organization to keep it from being too unruly. I'm so glad you showed it again. I don't recall seeing it before. Bravo!!

Linda said...

Definitely a two sided quilt! Love both sides, each one so different. You did well to match the stripes. I like the busyness of all the stripes, it works well.

Sharyn Baldwin said...

What a beautiful Flying Geese quilt you have made there!

Fisty Muff said...

I really like this one. The stripes and colours remind me of my granddads pyjamas. It feels safe and warm.

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

So unique and fun! Love the wonkyness of the geese. Kinda feel like this is the rebel flock flying to thier own beat! Makes me smile!

Allie said...

Ooh Rachel I love this one - both sides!!! You're so right about the nautical colors - it's exciting and calming at the same time. LOVE IT!

Colette said...

This is such a charming quilt, I love the movement that the stripes create, it has a very vintage and loved feel to it too, no wonder it's one of your favourites.

purduepam said...

Love the stripes.

the girlfriend gap said...

If a quilt doesn't make you smile it has lost it's purpose. I love that you just make things work for you mostly I think without a pattern. I should sit down to the sewing machine some day and just sew with scraps and see what happens. Probably wouldn't be as beautiful as your crafting but just maybe I might be surprised with the outcome. Happy day to you and your little gem. Thanks for the inspiration. Janita

Sandi said...

LOVE IT!

Especial the turquoise punches..the dots that pop in for a bit of surprise.

The flip side is great, nicely done! It would be a favourite if I owned it also.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

WOW, all that in only 24"! I was quite surprised and impressed with all the action you got going on in there :) I do like the matching stripes and how the quilting pattern shows up on the back.

Terry said...

I remember some of the components and it is lovely to see the quilt all together in the Spot Light. Hills Hoists are perfect for outdoor photo shoots.

DeborahGun said...

this is such a fun quilt - you are right, it just draws you in and I was looking at it for ages - so much detail despite appearing deceptively simple :-)

Shay said...

WOW...Just WOW! All those geese, and such a fabulous name. Im having so much fun looking at each lovely element to this mini. So many fabrics . Love the stripes too.

Another wonderfully quirky creation with your own style stamped in every stitch !

Helen L said...

I love all the stripes and the wonkyness of the free form geese. And I really love the one goose on top that is escaping!! :-) Hugs, H

Vickie said...

You have a wonky, wonderful, wild style all your own Rachael ! Very cool !!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And doesn't it look fabulous RAchael....both sides! Your quilts are just' so you'!

Gazynia said...

This is stunning!!! Amazing quilt!!! Great idea!!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It's those clever touches that make it so you! Love the stripes and the sneaky dots! you get my vote :)

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