On the Sea of Grebes
a boat is making its way
beyond the haze —
with its sail billowing forth
to make a vista for spring
(12th c., Japan)
Quilt Notes: Like BEACH AND BOATS, an abstraction for sail boats riding at anchor. Elegantly titled VARIATION OF SAIL BOATS in Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#2388), listed in her section, "Blocks with Unpieced Corners," including 24 examples of similar construction. This one as a tiling pattern — with its absolute simplicity — one of the most interesting. Brackman dates it to Jeanne Fadely's, (self-published) "FRAMELESS QUILTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS" 1971. The same pattern is titled V-BLOCK in Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS (#874), and attributed to "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine," published since 1969.
For the V-Shapes, compare with LEFT AND RIGHT and SHIFTING CUBES, also SYMMETRY IN MOTION and another variation of V-BLOCK. On the diagonal a similar arrangement of triangles, as birds instead of sails, is called BIRDS IN THE AIR.
See ENTERTAINING MOTIONS for more quilt designs with great poetry!!