A CLOUD OF QUILT PATTERNS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PATTERN IN BLOG FORM UPDATES & ADDITIONS BY BARBARA BRACKMAN

Monday, July 17, 2017

Flying Swallows

BlockBase #3758
All the quilt photos are from online auctions.


Ruth Finley called this variation on a star block
Circling Swallows, Flying Swallows and Falling Star.

The pattern is hard to see. Here's a BlockBase/EQ7 drawing.




In her 1929 index to patterns, Finley wrote that the pattern dates from about 1800, a very dubious date. I don't have any pictures of the design earlier than the 1930s or '40s. Finley was probably responsible for popularizing it in the 1930s.


The Quilt Index has 8 examples that I could find, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s.


So it's not a really old pattern, but one with a lot of potential.



Laura Wheeler pattern for "Wreath"




3 comments:

  1. Cool block - quite dynamic..Looks like a good candidate for hand piecing. Not that I'm gonna do THAT anytime soon. :-)

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  2. I just purchased a beautiful example of Flying Swallows. 1930's fabrics on white background. Heavily hand quilted. Thank you for adding more information to my knowledge base!!!

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  3. Lucky you Lois. I'd rather buy one than piece one.

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