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New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1880: Maryland

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For reasons unknown, this quilt pattern is named New York Beauty, regardless of where it was made. More than most patterns, New York Beauty has been made in the extremes from the finest quilting and piecing to the most crude. It is a difficult pattern to execute. This example falls between the extremes. It is unusual in construction in that the red segments are appliqued rather than the much more usual pieced technique. This changes the overall appearance of the pattern. The white blocks are well quilted with wreath patterns. It is well balanced with half block used throughout to create an additional symmetrical frame. The maker was irregular, though, in her placement of the red and tan stars at the intersections adding to the slightly funky quality of the quilt. It is in excellent condition. Measurements are 67" x 88". Maryland origin; circa 1880's.