Quilt Notes: SWALLOWS ON A STAR is also called FLYING SWALLOWS, along with several other names. It is listed in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue as #503. It is illustrated on a full graph in Rhoda Ochser Goldberg's QUILTING AND PATCHWORK DICTIONARY, 1988. It was included in Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune, in 1935, as FLYING BARN SWALLOWS.
As a name, "SWALLOWS ON A STAR" seems incredibly dreamlike and poetic. The bird designs (composed not of the usual triangles, but of parallelograms) follow each other round a circle like a flock so beautifully.
Online see free pdf template and assembly instructions for FLYING SWALLOWS at McCall's and other sites. Read about the bird called Barn Swallow at Wikipedia.
Compare with BIRDS IN THE AIR and TAKING WING, for other quilt designs at this site celebrating flocks or birds on high.
For more geometric quilt designs depicting birds see:
BIRD OF PARADISE
and RETURNING BIRDS