The Oregonian Modernistic Quilt #6 – Easter Lily

September 3, 1933

Block No. 6 – The Easter Lily


The Easter lily, which constitutes block No. 6 of the Modernistic Flower Quilt, should perhaps be its traditional white, but a very light cream will give that effect and make for better contrast.

The filaments of the stamens are stitched in yellow, and the dots at the end, technically the anthers, are orange. The leaf stitch is yellow.

In green are the two devices curving beside the stalk, the stalk itself, the large semi-circle above the blossom, the insert at lower left and the insert at lower right.

Color bands in the latter are orange, the background color (black or buff) and yellow, beginning at the corner.

The circles, from largest downward, are orange, half-dot (overlapped) yellow, green (at bottom), yellow (above stem), green (upper right corner), yellow and orange.

These rounds of color and the wide hands of the inset introduce animation the block would otherwise lack.

If you are using a light flower block, it may be necessary to outline the flower is separate it from the background. Use light brown.

Material: 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. You 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 details appear with the all-over pattern

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