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The New York Beauty Block: 3 Stunning Patterns and a Bit of History

There are countless quilt blocks out there, just waiting to be sewn. New versions and entirely unique blocks are being made all of the time! Out of all of the different varieties, certain blocks really stand out in quilting. These blocks are unforgettable, and I think that we’d all agree that the New York Beauty is one of them.

Bright and Bold New York City Beauty Block

Photo via Craftsy member Banner Creek Designs

The New York Beauty block is a very old quilt design that has many variations.

Earlier versions of this block had different names, including Crown of Thorns and Rocky Mountain. The name New York Beauty came about in the early 1900s. Many like to think that the triangles display the “beauty” of the Statue of Liberty. Much debate and curiosity surrounds the name of this beloved block, since it appears to have originated in the Southern states and not in New York at all. Despite the arguments, it remains a breathtaking and popular block. If you’d like to read more about the history of this block, check out this informative post on Wonkyworld.

What does this beauty look like?

In general, it is a series of triangles sewn in a curve along a quarter circle. The finished quarter blocks can be sewn together in a variety of ways. Four together make a finished circle or a variety of different placements can be used. These blocks can be sewn by hand or machine, pieced traditionally or via foundations fabric/paper.

Are you interested in sewing a New York Beauty quilt of your own? Here are some beautiful New York Beauty patterns to try:

Multi-Colored New York City Beauty Block, Pattern on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member Sherri Noel

There is a Scrappy Block of the Month in Sherri Noel’s pattern store, and the lovely New York Beauty block seen above is included in the mix. Learn how to make the basic block using paper piecing. This single block can be used so many ways! Turn one into a mini quilt or make a bunch and turn it into a large quilt. If you’re interested in a sampler quilt, check out Sherri’s Craftsy shop for all of the other blocks.

Colorful Quilt Featuring NY Beauty and Flying Geese Design

Photo via Craftsy member Janice Ryan

The NY Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern by Janice Ryan is a real stunner. This is another pattern that uses paper piecing. If you need a bit of help, the designer shares links to her tutorials for both paper piecing curved Flying Geese and how to sew tight curves.

What do you think about the New York Beauty? Have you ever made one?



The New York Beauty is at the top of my favorite blocks. I’ve made a quilt using red, white and blue fabrics that I’ve named, Lady Liberty Dressed in Her Finest Red, White and Blue. Another one I’ve made is based on Karen Stone’s Mississippi Wheel of Fortune. Fabulous!

Katie Wells

I love these quilts wish I could do one not sure if I could but willing to try


love this block – I’m making a few small blocks for a pillow for christmas and I love it so much I’m thinking of making one for my mum too !


I like the last block but would match the points. My favorite quilt to make is Cathedral Windows. I can work on blocks when I have some time – no sewing machine required.


I love the New York block I am not good with circles.

Billie Hilliard

All I can say is WOW. I would love to see if I can do this.


I love the New York Beauty block and have made lots of them. Karen Stone provided me with a pattern for a large wall hanging – 30 blocks, each block 1/4 of a circle. Each block had many sections of pieced arcs. This took a lot of time to piece together, but oh so worth it. Paper piecing is the only way to deal with those long skinny star points. Everyone can sew a straight line, so paper piecing shouldn’t be scary. Once you’ve made a block, the rest is easy.

bunny kingston

what is the difference betwixt a n.y. beauty and a Mariner’s compass star?


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