This quilt was made from a pattern in Jen Kingwell's book, "Quilt Lovely" which uses the Flutterby Quilt Block. A link to the book on Amazon is shown below.
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This block was named the Swallow Quilt Block for its resemblance to a swallow, a graceful bird often seen swooping in the sky feasting on mosquitos and other flying insects. It's easy to see the "wings" of the swallow in the design, even if they are more triangular rather than the smooth curves seen in the silhouette of a flying swallow.
This block is classified as a 4 patch. Below are a few layouts to show you how the block might be used in a small quilt design.
The Hovering Hawks Quilt Block pays homage to a bird of prey that was so often a part of rural life. Hawks can be found in just about every habitat in North American - from deserts to wetlands to prairies - so it's not surprising that a quilt block was named in their honor.
This block is a simple four-patch comprised of squares and triangles. You may have noticed that it is quite similar in construction to the Anvil Quilt Block, except the central square in the Anvil is replaced with two smaller squares and two half square triangles.
Traditionally it is made in either two or three colors. A star is formed when four blocks are arranged as shown below, and using a third color for the middle triangles highlights the star effect.
Grouping 4 of these blocks in alternating fashion creates a star.