The Oregonian Modernistic Quilt #3 – Narcissus

August 13, 1933

Block #3 – The Narcissus


The narcissus, No.3, of the modernistic flower quilt, reputedly is named after the legendary Narcissus, who fell in love with his reflection in a pol – and if he was as handsome as the flower it was no great wonder.

The two flowers are yellow and the irregularly outlined pieces at the centers a deeper yellow. The stitching on the flowers, indicated by broken line, is done with thread matching the deeper yellow. Dotted lines on the flower merely indicate overlap of the green leaf-blades by the flower.

The big semi-circle at the bottom of the block is green. So is the piece below the horizontal leaf and the stem between the flowers, of course.

the inset at upper left, green, as always, has color bands of the deeper yellow, the background color (black or buff), green and the lighter yellow.

The large circle at the lower end of the leaf-stalk is a color spot of the deep yellow, and is attached by green stitching.

The remaining spots, in order downward in size, are green, half-circle light yellow, deep yellow and green.

Satin, sateen, percale, gingham or felt.

Colors: Solid, decided colors, even in lighter shades. The green may be uniform throughout. Colors repeated from the flower proper in design insets should be identical with the colors in the flower. The spots are part of the design and for balance the color suggestions for each should be closely followed. Your own taste may lead you to color combinations different but equally good. Avoid, however, the possibility of getting too much of any one color into the quilt. Black flower blocks and buff quilting blocks are recommended. Alternatives are buff for both or black for both.

Method: Preferably applique: allow one-half inch for turning on the blocks, one-quarter inch elsewhere. You can use wax or paint, but only with a light background. In appliqueing use an invisible hemstitch, except for buttonholing on parts too small to handle otherwise.

Further detail appeared with the all-over patter.

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