"NEW YORK WITH MOON"
by Georgia O'Keeffe (1925)
Quilt Notes: Nancy Cabot illustrated this design on December 21, 1937, and in her comments she directs the reader to its gorgeous combination of variation and classic structure:
"CITY STREETS is a pattern which originated in Georgia about 1853. It is an interesting elaboration of the fundamental nine patch." Cabot had also included the same basic block to her Chicago Tribune column in 1934, but with light and dark reversed, and which she titled HANDCRAFT. According to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#1745 and #1746), the design dates back to the Ladies Art Company catalogue (#526), published in 1928, where it was first titled HANDWEAVE.
The colors for this rendering of CITY STREETS were borrowed from Georgia O'Keeffe's (1887-1986) cityscape, NEW YORK WITH MOON. O'Keeffe was a member of the early 20th century modernist movement, with which Cabot seems to identify strongly, and where artists, as fine art, utilized "fundamental" geometric forms and abstractions. For more quilt design color combinations at this site inspired by modernist women artists, see:
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)
GREEN RIVER (O'Keeffe)
FLOWERING NINE PATCH (O'Keeffe)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)
ANTIQUE TILE BLOCK (O'Keeffe)
STAR LANE (Delaunay)
TOWERS OF CAMELOT (Popova)
ALBUM QUILT (Stölzl)
More women artists at GIRL'S JOY
Compare with the somewhat humorous, also fascinating, rather wild and wandering BOSTON STREETS.