A flock or a flight of geese?

When you see a field of geese is it a flock? What about when they are in the air flying in a group are they a flight? The things I ponder before my 2nd cup of coffee……

And so, I learned before my second cup, that on the ground they are a GAGGLE, not a flock! Again, thanks to wikipedia “The collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump.[2]

This isn’t a blog about wildlife, it’s a quilting blog, so of course my geese have no feathers and are made of fabric! 😉

I am working on Step 2 of the Pachanga Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt and making quite the gaggle of geese. These are nice large flying geese units, made using the no waste method that Carole refers to on her blog post linked above.

No waste flying geese

My goal was to go quite scrappy with the geese, and I worked on them in small batches, trying to mix things up a bit.

Geese needing trimming
Ready to trim this gaggle of geese

Trimming them up, I used the Studio 180 – Wing Clipper ruler. It seems that I have two of those on my peg board, both the same size. The ruler is quite nice for these larger units. Any local friends need one of these for this project?

Trimming tool

Given all those proper terms, I present to you my plump of flying geese!

PLUMP of geese
A plump not a flock of Flying Geese

If you haven’t started the mystery quilt, it is NOT too late. Step one was just cutting instructions so it is easy to get started if you just cut for step 2 to catch up. This year I am doing the throw sized project. It is a very scrap friendly project, and the only yardage I cut was for the background (white) fabric. I did cut one fat quarter to get a little extra variety in my bright fabrics. The fat quarter I cut was that geometric orange & pink on cream you see in some of the wings.

Here is a peek at some of the other fabric I am planning to use in future steps –

Fabric pull for Scrap Dance Pachanga

I think it will make a nice cheery throw.

It is fun to share on the Friends of From My Carolina Home group on Facebook. I enjoy seeing the color choices others have made for this project. Several are using dark backgrounds. If you are a reader of Carole’s blog, do ask to join the Facebook group and share your progress on this project.

Happy stitching.

Linking up today to OH SCRAP – Quilting is more fun than housework!


19 thoughts on “A flock or a flight of geese?

  1. Your geese look so bright and cheery. I knew a “flock” of geese was a gaggle, but didn’t know it was different when they are in flight! Now I’ve seen pretty geese blocks and learned something new! Thanks, Mary!

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    • Thanks Brenda! I couldn’t begin to have guessed about them being a skein or a team! 🙂 It’s fun seeing all the fabric choices on the Facebook group. These brights were in a scrap bag someone handed me not to long ago and were perfect.

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  2. Nice to meet you, Mary. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog post today. I’m a big fan of Deb Tucker’s rulers. I’ve used Wing Clipper many, many times. You’ve discovered some great synonyms for groups of geese! Glad to know you’re an audiobook listener. I’ve been listening (or re-listening) through the entire Cork Corcoran series by William Kent Krueger — I’m nearly finished with the next-to-last installment.

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    • Thanks Melisa from dropping by and reading about my geese! I think the terminology will go right along with WIP, PIG,UFO…..which always make people say “HUH” if they are not in the quilting world! Happy Stitching!


    • Hi Kathy – I bet you see you share of birds on snowy fields! I used to see the Canada geese while driving to work every day, as we lived in a preferred winter haven with lots of wetlands and farms. I never knew there were so many terms. Glad to know my lesson was a hit! 🙂

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  3. Hi Mary, this is going to be a beautiful, colourful scrappy throw (my favourite kind). I’m looking forward to seeing it done! Thanks for the terminology – the names of groups of birds can be so complicated! It’s interesting but I tend to forget them. Good luck and take care.

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