Quilt from 1860,Kentucky


Made in 1870 in Virginia, this may pre-date the pattern name “New York Beauty” and in this quilt, you can see the triangles clearly arranged around the circles

Yes,  I dragged my long-suffering husband to yet another fiber-related show, this time at the Quilt Museum in Golden, CO. There was a beautiful show of historical quilts all celebrating the quilt pattern called “New York Beauty.” The ladies organizing the show very kindly explained that the reason the quilt pattern is called “New York Beauty” is because of the ring of pointed triangle shapes around the circles which represents the head of the statue of liberty.


Created in 1870, in Alabama. talk about a striking pattern!


Created in 1870 and made by Florence Caledonia Corley Shealy from South Carolina. This is no demure and retiring Southern Belle, that’s for sure!


From 1895,the Whiteaker family quilt, found in Colorado but believed to be from Tennessee. It’s so bright…I  almost had to put on my sun glasses for this one…


From 1925, North Carolina. It is described as the “Clara Stones broken circle” or “suspension bridge” but looks suspiciously like “New York Beauty” to me-with a twist. I love this one as the colors don’t repeat exactly.. quirky, like my quilting friends in North Carolina (yes, Michelle, I do mean you!)


Last but not least, made in 1935, by Elsa Snuggs of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her name goes perfectly with the design, don’t you think?

I love the bold shapes and strong colors which remind me of some dyed fabrics from Anatolia, that I saw years ago at the textile Museum in Washington D.C.