New York Beauty quilts are a style of quilt with broken circles and rays. They resemble the motif of the Statue of Liberty and Chrysler Building, hence the name. Â Not only are they gorgeous, they are technically difficult to sew. Most of the quilts shown here were done by unknown persons from 1870-1940.
We are pleased to announce a new exhibition for Summer 2013. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion focuses on the evolution of a unique quilt pattern—New York Beauty—and shows its many variations and modifications throughout the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts traces the life story of an extraordinary American quilt pattern and a collector’s singular pursuit and fascinating research surrounding quilts made with this complex and graphic design.