Friday, December 7, 2012

Stuffed Goose

Back in the 1980's when I first started quilting the LCS had an all day Saturday workshop. I don't remember what all the choices were but I chose to make a small crocheted rug with a size N or 15 crochet hood and torn strips of ugly fabric for the afternoon session. I have no idea what ever happened to that; I know I never finished it. For the morning session I chose to make, or rather start, a stuffed goose. I think all I got down was to hand applique the white patches on his throat and attach his eyes. This must have been before I made my first quilt but after I had taken an intermediate class where I made a wall hanging. I remember showing my wall hanging after lunch for  "show and tell". I think at the time my only sewing machine was in a cabinet and not easily removed to take it anywhere so I couldn't take some of the other things offered. At the time country was "in" and he fit right in with my earth tone color scheme.
I have used him (I  am sure it is a gander) all these years as a door stop. He is around 17 inches tall and all the grand kids, when they were starting to walk, would get on his back for a ride. He is very firmly stuffed and has a sawed off broom stick or maybe a large dowel rod in his neck.  He is a very study fellow. Today I remembered to tie a red ribbon around his neck for Christmas.

When he was new, I took him to work one day to show him off and after work I was walking across the parking lot with him tucked under my arm and perched on my hip. A car full of laughing ladies pulled up and rolled down their window and told me they thought I had a real goose under my arm because as I was walking it looked like he was bobbing his head.

1 comment:

straythreads said...

great story and I love the goose, would love to have him sitting by my fireplace Do you still have the pattern