Purple Geese

29 07 2016

I just finished five quilts in time to get them photographed, quite a flurry of activity.

It was fun finally to finish this Flying Geese quilt, and I say “finally” even though I have no idea when I even started it.

When a class project more than 15 years ago did not turn out as I would have liked, I used all the fabrics I had gathered for the class and all the left over cut pieces and started sewing these geese on freezer paper, three geese to a block.  I worked on these randomly, and then there was a huge pile of them, which became this quilt top.

After that,  the top sat unquilted for the longest time.  The 2016 New Year’s resolutions to finish my projects really worked in this case, and here is the quilt that grew from that abandoned project.

artwork by Susan Dague

Purple Geese, 2016

59″ x 63″   

The quilting is very simple.  I wanted the plaids to do all the heavy lifting.  I think they do a great job.



Purple Geese Detail

And I gratefully acknowledge Gerry Roy and Roberta Horton for helping to nurture a love of plaids early on in my quilting life.  These fun fabrics are a a joy to work with, and I try to include them in everything I do.

If I had known I would love this one as much as I do, I’d like to think I might have finished it sooner.  Oh, well . . .


there’s one more, finished in 2009.  It’s probably the remains of the class project that did not please me and did not warrant finishing as a full-sized quilt.  Done. (Must have had strong New Year’s resolutions in 2009, too).

111_AllPlaids_medAll Plaids, 2009

42″ x 44″




All plaids

4 10 2013

Let’s start a waaaay long time ago, back to the days when I was just beginning to understand how to work with patterns and prints, using Roberta Horton’s book Calico and Beyond: The Use of Patterned Fabric in Quilts as a guide.  One of my first projects was the challenge of using only plaids.  I have found that setting limitations sometimes stimulates my creativity;  I want to solve the puzzle.  Here is an example of this quest.

Now, when I see this older piece, recently beautifully photographed, I see all the fabrics from which I made shirts for my husband and for myself—some are lovely pima cottons from Britex.   Some of you may remember when gingham was 100% cotton—the good old days.

And here are these fabrics, all fitting together in a quilt for a Raggedy Andy.

Raggedy Andy, 1989 29.5" x 29.5" Photography by Sibila Savage

Raggedy Andy, 1989
29.5″ x 29.5″
Photography by Sibila Savage

The details shows that this was made during the time when I was still hand quilting my pieces.


Now let’s jump forward 20 years to see how these plaids are still a fun part of what I do.

These two quilts, one finished and one still in progress, are made from the leftovers from an unfinished project I started in a Rebecca Rohrkaste workshop.  The original project just did not want to get finished, so I re-purposed the fabrics into two smaller works.  I still love the colors, and all the activity in the plaids.

All Plaids, 2009 42" x 44" Photography by Sibila Savage

All Plaids, 2009
42″ x 44″
Photography by Sibila Savage

A Flying Geese work-in-progress.  I love this one much more than the first, and I think it will be a wonderful quilt when finished.


Click here for Super Triangles with more plaids.