|I like to call this quilt the "Box of Crayons" Quilt|
|1930s Mountain Mist New York Beauty|
The quilt that seems most closely related visually, is a quilt that appeared on the cover of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in April, 1998. There's not much information about the quilt and its maker, but there is a short blurb below the Editor's Letter.
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Laurie Evans probably hadn't seen the "Box of Crayons" quilt when she made her Austin Beauty, but the the two are visually connected. The double rows of points in her quilt, the sunburst cornerstones, and scalloped edge finish add to the level of difficulty in this already-challenging design. And just like some of the other widely exhibited and published quilts from the 1930s forward, Evans' quilt reinforced the name recognition of New York Beauty. By the mid-to-late 1990s, the name was so deeply ingrained in quilting circles there was an abbreviation, "NYB", and many spin-offs that used part of the name, such as Austin Beauty.
|An early, scrappy rendition of a variation on the pattern|
The thing that puts this quilt in the New York Beauty family is the basic block design: four quarter-circles with radiating points on the outer curves, each wedged into an inside corner of a parallelogram. Throughout the history of the pattern, there had been a movement toward simplification and streamlining. The "Suspension Bridge" quilt, for example, included no piecework in the sashing or cornerstones. Of course, everything would change in the 1990s.
|"Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii" a Karen Stone Pattern,|
made by Marita Wallace of San Diego, California, 2011