Cuesta Benberry's Friendship Quilt

Cuesta Benberry

1923 - 2007

     The late Betty Hagerman, Baldwin City, KS and Helen Ericson, Emporia, KS gathered the blocks from 40 friends across the USA and Canada and put the quilt together. They also quilted the quilt with some help from Chris Wolf Edmonds, Lawrence, KS. It was first on display at the Maple Leaf Festival, Baldwin City, KS in the fall of 1979, then was presented to Cuesta as a surprise.

     All blocks quilted in the ditch. Border features 120 hearts and 116 shadow hearts behind them. Landscape is quilted behind "people" blocks, 45-45-90 triangles at 2" intervals behind the flower blocks.

Cassie Cavanaugh, St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Star
Mary Conroy, Sudbury, Ontario - Canada Quilts Logo
Annette Amann, St. Louis, MO - Indiana Rose
Letha Rice, Leavenworth, KS - Kansas Troubles
Mary Schafer, Flushing, MI - Love Apple
Lois Mueller, St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Star in the Arch

Marie Shirer, Lawrence, KS - Vine of Friendship
Doris Miller, Baldwin City, KS - Publisher's Sunflower
Evelyn Brown, Gainesville, FL - Bouquet for Cuesta, adapted from an original design in her Old Fashioned Flowers booklet
Shirley Hedman, Schenectady, NY - Pennsylvania Dutch peace and love symbols
Mary Ghormley, Lincoln, NE - Nebraska Windmill
Callie Olson, Osage City, KS - Kansas Dugout; hearts in corners signify love of home and family, love of  friends, love of quilting, love of life

Joyce Gross, Mill Valley, CA - Hawaiian pattern (no name given)
Ruth Snyder, Independence, KS - no name given (rosebud wreath)
Helen M. Ericson, Emporia, KS - Sweetheart Rose
Dolores Hinson, Austin, TX - modern Broderie Perse
Nancy Bradford Garver, Schenectady, NY - Springtime
Suellen Meyer, Creve Couer, MO - Little Red Schoolhouse (Wilkinson where Cuesta teaches)

Bonnie Leman, Wheatridge, CO - Pineapple
Ione McIntyre, Bemidji, MN (recently of Ketchikan, Alaska) - open book for history and reading, St. Louis Star, and hands of friendship
Chris Wolf Edmonds, Lawrence, KS - original design: sun peeking out from under clouds with a silver lining over a patchwork quilt.
Carol Crabb, Columbia, MO - replica of Bertha Stenge's Noah's Ark
Barbara Brackman, Lawrence, KS - St. Louis Star
Louise Townsend, Denver, CO - Cluster of lilies, K.C. Star pattern

Barbara Bannister, Alanson, MI - Star Dust (one of several names)
Marge Ragle, Lawrence, KS - original design Sunbonnet Sue featuring stuffed arm
Liz Rushing, Picayune, MS - "The Siblings" from Workbasket
Joyce Aufderheide, New Ulm, MN - her logo featuring Hands All Around Quilt
Elaine Sparlin, Lenexa, KS - original design (has thread through needle's eye)
Mary Borkowski, Dayton, OH - abstract flower

Frances Noak, St. Louis, MO - Iris
Shirley Conlon, San Diego, CA - Star featuring stripes mitered in center
Presentation Block - To Cuesta: teacher, quilt historian, friend, 1979
Betty Hagerman, Baldwin City, KS - Sunbonnet Sue
Bettina Havig, Columbia, MO - Quilt Cottage logo
Edna Ford, Louisville, KY - Souvenir of Friendship from Hearth and Home

Jean Ameduri, St. Louis, MO - color spectrum with sunset
Ruby Hinson Duncan, Imboden, AR - butterfly
Denise Poepsel, St. Louis, MO - Monkey Wrench
Enola M. Gish, Baldwin City, KS - Conventional Lily
Loretta Hartrup, Kirkwood, MO - Dutch Doll
Sally Garoutte, Mill Valley, CA - Star on a String