Quilt Notes: Maggie Malone's full color, 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS has this block titled IN NARCISSUS MOTIF (#1128), meaning a motif in the color of Narcissus, usually bright yellow or white. The daffodil is also classified in the same genus as the traditional "Narcissus." Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (#413-4) names it simply NARCISSUS MOTIF, that is the flower itself. Both credit the design to the Kansas City Star (its first time in print, early spring, 1960).
Note: this block is a continuous design, that is, it MUST BE tiled (see below) as a tessellation in order to complete the full geometric motif (compare with DIAMOND NET at this site). The quilt design compendiums show more or less of the repeated pattern, but this illustration begins with the minimum needed to tile properly. Although it looks incomplete, what is so marvelous about the design is the combination of two blocks in one, a four point star and an eight point star, which could be set as two different blocks side by side, but they are collaborating here and merging their resources. Just a magnificent two-block variation.
For more ideas on two blocks that work well together (this one not illustrated), see BETTER TOGETHER: TWO BLOCK DESIGNS FOR DYNAMIC QUILTS, by Karen Sievert. A short bibliography of recommended quilt design books is also available here. For more flower blocks at this site, see:
BIRD OF PARADISE
LOVE IN A MIST