Quilt Notes: WILD GOOSE CHASE was illustrated in the late 19th century Ladies Art Company Catalogue (#94). Nancy Cabot is always economical in her comments in the Chicago Tribune, here posted on June 13, 1934. Likewise you could not design a more simple way of expressing a bird in flight than a triangle, so it all works together quite magically, Cabot says:
"Triangles are used to represent birds in many types of needlework, and are recognized as a symbol of all birds in the quilt realm. The original 'Wild Goose Chase' was pieced in many different colored prints and set together with brown material. For a more modern quilt two colors and white may be used, with a diagonal quilting design to finish the coverlet."
Compare at this site especially with BIRDS IN THE AIR and MIGRATION SOUTH, also RETURNING BIRDS and TAKING WING. The design can be used with or without the sash. Landscapes or garden fabric prints give the impression of a bird's eye view from above (see the tiling below).
More quilt designs focusing on bird themes include:
BIRD OF PARADISE
BIRDS AND KITES
DOVES IN THE WINDOW
SWALLOWS ON A STAR