A CLOUD OF QUILT PATTERNS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PATTERN IN BLOG FORM UPDATES & ADDITIONS BY BARBARA BRACKMAN

Monday, January 11, 2021

Brown Goose/Gray Goose

 

Looks like a Pennsylvania quilt---
color on color with no neutral,
pink, green and blue.

The pattern is a three-patch
one of the smaller categories in my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

This may be the same quilt---different exposure
or after washing and fading.

The block could be constructed as a Nine Patch
but no, there was a fashion for this three-patch.
Fewer seams, but Y seams.
Y?

#3220 in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Which tells us the oldest published version is about 1900
in the Clara Stone booklet called Old Maid's Puzzle #2.

Ruth Finley in her 1929 gave it several names, Gray Goose, Brown Goose (depending on the color)
Devil's Claws and Double Z.

A few years later the Nancy Cabot column in
the Chicago Tribune called it Old Gray Goose

This example---a Brown Goose, I assume---
is from Julie Silber's inventory. 
Date: Perhaps 1880-1900


The Quilt Index shows a few that seem to pre-date the Clara Stone pattern.

Some of the fabrics in the blocks look pre Civil-War
in this one the New Jersey project recorded as
originating in a boarding house in Atlantic Highlands
run by Mary Crane Noble.

Unknown origins from the Massachusetts project
and the Quilt Index.

UPDATE:




Laura Lane sent this one from the collection of the New England Quilt Museum.
The center features a U.S. Grant Presidential campaign bandana (ca. 1868.)

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