Bozena Vilhemina Clarke
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Appliquéd 1933, quilted 1934
68 1/4" x 93 1/2"
MSU Museum Accession 6119.27
Photos by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by
the MSU Museum
Eveline Foland, who was a designer for the Kansas City Star newspaper,
created the pattern used for this quilt. When the patterns appeared one
at a time in the Star, they were part of a twenty part series known as
“Memory Bouquet.” The pattern was sold to the Detroit News,
where, renamed “Flower Garden Quilt,” it appeared during 1931-1932.
Foland’s work apparently appeared only in these two newspapers.
Bozena Clarke appliquéd the quilt in 1933 and then quilted it
the following year as a gift for her daughter, Laura May Clarke. Clarke’s
“Flower Garden” was entered in the 1937 Detroit News Quilt
The Clarke Family Quilt Collection, given to Michigan State University
Museum in 1986 by Dr. Harriet A. Clarke and her brother, George M. Clarke,
includes forty-five quilts and quilt tops completed between 1926 and 1946
by Bozena Vilhemina Clarke, her daughter Laura May Clarke, and daughter-in-law
Emilie Ann Clarke. The collection also includes numerous handmade templates
and patterns, unique hand-colored graphs of planned quilts, newspaper
and magazine clippings, and personal inventory notes written by the quilters.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.