At the top of the photo above we have Dutchman's Puzzle blocks. Below them, on the left, is a block my reference book calls Mosaic. Next to that are four Return of the Swallows blocks set slap up against each other.I also tried some overall layouts like the pattern for Remixed Geese.
Didn't like it. Too busy. I returned to the two options I liked best...
The Dutchman's Puzzle blocks would require sashing. I think a black-on-white print might serve the purpose but, being the lazy quilter I am, I prefer not to mess with sashing if I can get away without it.
Which leaves the Return of the Swallows layout. I think the consistency of the unit placements helps to make it seem less busy. I believe I still have enough geese for a decent size flimsy. I would be hard pressed to make more as I used up those black prints and those batiks out of my stash. If the eventual quilt top needs to be larger I'll have to resort to borders or something. 😉Since we live in an area where we are visited by migrating swans I may end up calling this quilt The Return of the Swans!