Quilt Notes: |
The four rotating rectangles with their center diamonds (see animation) rounding the corners of the square are usually all that is emphasized in this FLYING FISH design, with the center left plain. Placing geometric fabrics into the squares of that same double-L space presents a whole new dimension, without altering the basic design itself. In nature, FLYING FISH can appear unexpectedly as they rise, with wing like fins, truly breathtaking as they soar and hover a moment above the water. And so the block itself seems to beg a few of its own startling choices.
The traditional layout, illustrated left, first appeared in print in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the early spring of 1937 (though obviously with a different and more complex piecing arrangement). In her notes, Cabot says "It is the type of pattern which lends itself to a combination of materials, both printed and plain."
For more animated quilt designs of things that move see ~
BIRDS IN THE AIR
BUTTERFLY IN THE GARDEN
LIGHTNING IN THE HILLS
SYMMETRY IN MOTION
TOAD IN A PUDDLE