GOOSE CREEK — a marvelous name for a gorgeous block — debuted in print in Florence La Ganke's syndicated quilt column in the Birmingham News on November 2, 1937 (the illustration left was clipped from the Hartford Courant). The pattern was contributed apparently by one of La Ganke's readers, as she notes in her comments:
"From Mrs. C. M. Peoples of Goose Greek, Texas, comes the interesting quilt pattern I have for you today. She had worked out the pattern slightly differently than the one I made. In her pattern she made the small dark triangles smaller so they did not meet at the centers of the four sides of the square: the square, that is, which is put on the diagonal. But I found that pattern worked out a little more easily with my adaptation."
Also called AUNT PATSY'S PET by Nancy Cabot, the design the reader most likely provided, and which produced a hexagon instead of a squared diamond, was first published by the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #514, and titled, FLAGSTONES. Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS illustrates the two designs together (#s 1001 and 1002) in her section called: "One Block is a Checkerboard Grid" (likewise, see the smaller background tile required for the repeat below).
Two related waterbird titles at this site, DUCK CREEK PUZZLE and GOOSE TRACKS, resonate nicely with this block. In addition, other patterns with water-related themes would include, for instance:
VARIATION OF SAIL BOATS
STORM AT SEA
BEACH AND BOATS
TOAD IN A PUDDLE