This quilt was inspired by a quilt I saw in a library book. The original quilt was made by Sarah K. Headley in 1838. I really liked the colors and the large flying geese blocks. I kept coming back to this quilt in the book and finally read the details of Ms. Headley's story. She is from the same area in Pennsylvania that my family is from and, she married Jesse K. Harper on March 5, 1840, just two years after she finished her quilt. My grandmother's family name was Harper, and I hope to be able to determine if there is any connection there. The original quilt is 98"by 96" and has no borders on it and my version is 80" by 88" with borders. Now that I have it on my bed I wish I had made it bigger. I had difficulty squaring up the center after the flying geese were put at an angle. Frankly, that was beyond my capability at the time and I ended up putting the project down for about a year. The long arm quilter did a wonderful job of quilting it too. I hope to make something similar again though.