Monday, May 3, 2010

Rocky Mountain or New York Beauty?

One treat at the Quilt Show was this intricate quilt pieced in 1883. Priscilla Chambers Nance made it in southern Missouri and decades later quilted it in Oklahoma.

She passed it on in her family with the name Rocky Mountain.

Many might call it New York Beauty but this would probably not sit well with a Southerner like Priscilla.
 It's a common Southern pattern often called Crown of Thorns or Rocky Mountain
 in Tennessee, Georgia and Texas where it was particularly popular at the end of the 19th century.

Here's a variation probably made from the Mountain Mist pattern in the 1930-1960 era.

In the 1930s Mountain Mist batting company printed a pattern and called it New York Beauty.

No one in NY ever made one until the pattern appeared.

Two vintage versions with blocks on the square rather than on point.

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