Quilt Notes: Triangles of this type are consistently used as abstractions for birds in quilt designs (compare with BIRDS IN THE AIR or MIGRATION SOUTH, for instance). They are often connected tip to base as here, either filling a square, or in long cascades. This version of RETURNING BIRDS with alternating dark and light triangles, also called RETURN OF THE SWALLOWS, is illustrated in Rhoda Ochser Goldberg's QUILTING AND PATCHWORK DICTIONARY, 1988.
« Compare with Cabot's MOSAIC #9 (published in the Chicago Tribune and which she had also titled as #5).
The effectiveness of the RETURNING BIRDS, as uniquely a "return," is accomplished by not circling the triangles, but rather the motion is stopped and reversed.
With just a few, simple triangles, what a beautifully meaningful abstraction!!
For more geometric quilt designs at this site with bird-related titles, see for example:
BIRD OF PARADISE
BIRD AND KITES
DUCK CREEK PUZZLE
SWALLOWS ON A STAR