Quilt Notes: TAKING WING is illustrated in Judy Rehmel's
THE QUILT I.D. BOOK: 4,000 ILLUSTRATED AND INDEXED PATTERNS, published by Prentice Hall, 1986. It does not seem to be illustrated in Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, or Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM, at least under this name. Maggie Malone includes it in her 5,500 Quilt Block Designs (#2294), and attributes it to Quilter's Newsletter, published since 1969.
The design produces an exquisite two-color tiling pattern (small triangles arranged on a slant often symbolize birds, bright blue indicates "sky"). In this illustration the white embossed background (as if seen from above) utilizes an abstract pattern imitating a topographical map. For a similar effect, see BIRDS IN THE AIR.
For more geometric quilt designs depicting birds see:
BIRD OF PARADISE
SWALLOWS ON A STAR