The Swallows are Flying!
I have always drawn the most inspiration from vintage and traditional quilt patterns. Flying Swallows is one of those. There are several variations of both pieced and appliqué blocks, but I'm talking about the one based on an 8 Pointed Star, as seen here by one I created in 2002 for Quilt Magazine.
|Flying Swallows, 2002|
I have designed a few digital quilts since then for a few fabric companies. Here's one I used for Blank Quilting in 2008:
|Flying Swallows using the Fun Dip Collection|
|Flying Swallows. 24" center. 38" x 38" quilt|
|45 degree diamonds in bright colors|
|24" Flying Swallows block|
|Flying Swallows for Windham Fabrics|
In the three (minus the red one), I changed out the colors of the background for those diamonds, and now you see a pinwheel (without those crab claws!)
Here's a page of the way it's put together. Does it look too hard? Remember: no templates; all rotary cut AND no set-in seams.