The pattern now referred to as the New York Beauty started life with multiple names—Rocky Mountain Road and Crown of Thorns. This pattern was first documented in 1850, but it was the Mountain Mist company in the 1930s who revamped this classic pattern and adopted the New York Beauty title.
The traditional design includes four quarter circles, or arcs, with points radiating outward. It is considered to be one of the most advanced pieced quilt patterns. The quilt was often quilted utilizing overlapping circles.
Quilt historians trace the pattern from New England in the early to mid-19th century down the Eastern Seaboard to the South and farther west to Texas.