A Garden of Friends Gallery

Supply list:
 3 3/4 yds.(343cm) dark print for border and binding
1 yd.(91cm) light print for background patches
5 3/4 yds.(526cm) for backing and hanging sleeve
batting
quilting thread

Yardage for signature blocks:
1 yd.(91cm) muslin for signature strips
65 - 6"(16cm) squares of various prints

Yardage for Grandmother's flower garden blocks:
Use scraps sorted by color so that each flower is made up of three fabrics of one color.
There are 18 full blocks and 4 half blocks in this quilt.

Here are some of the blocks in the sample quilt from A Garden of Friends:

Cheryl Grieder Bradkin's signature block

Cheryl Grieder Bradkin of Carmichael, CA

Donna Goodland's signature block

Donna Goodland of Yreka, CA

Jean Maskell's signature block

Jean Maskell of Oxford, England

Helen Storbeck's signature block

Helen Storbeck of Winfield, KS

Norma Overbay's signature block

Norma Overbay of Hugoton, KS

Dorothy Walls' signature block

Dorothy Walls of Etna, CA

Janet Taylor's signature block

Janet Taylor of Weaverville, CA

Kay Jones' signature block

Kay Jones of Dorchester, England

Sadie Starr's signature block

Sadie Starr of Etna, CA

Trudy Flowers' signature block

Trudy Flowers of Modesto, CA

Bea Stone's signature block

Bea Stone of Mt. Gate, CA

Lee Apperson's signature block

Lee Apperson of Mount Shasta, CA

Martha Hilbert's signature block

Martha Hilbert of Redding, CA

Mary Allen's signature block

Mary Allen of Weaverville, CA

Rose Marie Straw's signature block

Rose Marie Straw of Redding, CA

Grandmother's Flower Garden in blues

Grandmother's Flower Garden in blue scraps

The signature blocks were exchanged at an event held in Yreka, CA in October of 1990. A tour group of English quilters were making their way across the USA, picking up American quilters as they travelled. Scarlett drove up to Yreka with members of her local guild, the Quilter's Sew-Ciety of Redding, CA and enjoyed an evening with all the visiting quilters. Each quilter had brought a stack of friendship blocks to trade!

After she collected enough signature blocks, Scarlett used them in the Jack's Chain quilt layout along with some Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks she had pieced many years before. The fabrics in those flower garden blocks are from Scarlett's mother's scrap bag, so many of the fabrics are leftovers from clothing that Scarlett wore as a young girl. The yellow print in the background triangles was from yardage that Scarlett's mother hadn't used at all.

Since "A Garden of Friends" has such fond memories associated with it, this quilt is a cherished part of Scarlett's quilt collection. This quilt is one of the many friendship quilts that Scarlett has made over the years. Because of its age, several of the signatures on this quilt are from quilters who are now deceased.

Here's a complete list of signatures, including the ones pictured above:

Master list of signatures on “A Garden of Friends” made by Scarlett Rose in 1991
Dorothy Allan of Redding, CA
Mary Allen of Weaverville, CA
Lee Apperson of Mount Shasta, CA
Kitty Bachand of Project City, CA
Linda Ballard of Palo Cedro, CA
Cheryl Grieder Bradkin of Carmichael, CA
Katy Bryan of Redding, CA
Marian Collins of Cantebury, England
Julia DeLorge of Redding, CA
Jeanne Dillman of Etna, CA
Trudy Flowers of Modesto, CA
Linda Gibbs of Redding, CA
Edythe B. Goldsworthy of Redding, CA
Donna Goodland of Yreka, CA
Connie Halter of Redding, CA
Martha A. Hansen of Arkansas City, KS
Martha Hilbert of Redding, CA
Mary Israel of Etna, CA
Lola Johnson of Yreka, CA
Kay Jones of Dorchester, England
Patsy Paul Jones of Redding, CA
Mildred Journey of Etna, CA
Halli Keller of Redding, CA
La Verne King of Etna, CA
Vada Lady of Winfield, KS
Betty Lyon of Redding, CA
Jean Maskell of Oxford, England
Kathy Mattox of Redding, CA
Betty McFadyen of Cottonwood, CA
Roberta McLaughlin of Redding, CA
Mary Anne Melmoth of Redding, CA
Helen Melo of Mount Shasta, CA
Carol Millard of Redding, CA
Carrie Minor of Redding, CA
Pauline Murphy of Redding, CA
Norma Overbay of Hugoton, KS
Loyce Pace of Cottonwood, CA
Mary Ross Peard of Redding, CA
Carolyn Pimentel of Etna, CA
Scarlett Rose of Anderson, CA
Pauline Rumbold of Northampton, England
Bea Salmonson of Moline, IL
Laurie Short of Redding, CA
Pat Simmerley of Central Valley, CA
Irene M Smith of Etna, CA
Trudy Eddington Smith of Redding, CA
Sadie Starr of Etna, CA
Judy Ann Stewart of Palo Cedro, CA
Bea Stone of Mt. Gate, CA
Helen Storbeck of Winfield, KS
Nancy Stracner of Redding, CA
Rose Marie Straw of Redding, CA
Karen Swigart of Redding, CA
Barbara Tavolazzi of Anderson, CA
Janet Taylor of Weaverville, CA
Betty Thompson of Winfield, KS
Dorothy Walls of Etna, CA
Mildred Weaver of KS
Harrie Whipple of Etna, CA
Marjorie Williams of Arkansas City, KS
Diane Wiman of Etna, CA

There were two duplicates, to bring the total to the needed 65 signature blocks for the quilt.

Go to the Index or Return to A Garden of Friends