This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm sewing a patchwork block for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will share that block and a little about the block and direct you to where you can find a tutorial for that block on the Web.
Flight of Swallows
Birds seem to feature a good deal in quilt blocks, especially traditional ones. Perhaps because they were a common feature of life, and a woman who sat and sewed a quilt, usually by hand, had time to look up and out her window to see them flying in her garden, sitting on trees, across the sky. This block is made up of 4 smaller units, which on their own are known as the Birds in the Air block. Birds in the Air is another traditional block which has a number of variations.
On Generations Quilt Patterns site they show a number of these variations of the Birds in the Air quilt block and give a few more names for the same block. They are all bird related.
Same name, different block...
Blocks designed in different places may use the same geometric shapes and have different names. Or different shapes but the same name. These are all known as a Birds in the Air quilt block.
Flying Birds and Flock of Geese are two of the names that they give as well as Birds in the Air and Flight of Swallows
This was my block
I used up some American flag fabric a friend in the USA had sent to me and it has worked quite well. I was glad to have a use for the fabric. I don't really have much cause to use US patriotic fabrics. I know many quilters in the US who make quilts for the troops known as "Quilts of Valor" and use a lot of patriotic fabric in them. There is an Australian group, Quilts of Valour (note different spelling) who do similar work for Australian troops which I have not become involved with but obviously if I did then I wouldn't be using American fabric. Oh dear a bit of digression there. (someone said A to Z blog posts should be short... but mine aren't)
The pattern I used for my block was once again taken from Quilter's Cache here