Quilt of the Month

August 2005

August 2005

Manhattan Heat Wave
Made by Elizabeth (Betsy) Cave
Made in Mansfield, Ohio
Dated 1987
66.5" x 81.5"
IQSC 1997.007.1094

Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Wild by Design: Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts

Betsy Cave's quilt was inspired by the hot sun shining on Manhattan sidewalks during a trip to New York City. The grid of the city blocks inspired the overlaid striped sashing. Beneath it, the circular quilting patterns evoke heat radiating off of sidewalks and buildings.

Cave uses complementary color combinations in each block, however the colors are off shades, reminiscent of Amish quilts in their rich hues. The borders of narrow black and white triangles play off the idea of the narrow sashing of the New York Beauty pattern.