FRIENDSHIP QUILT debuted in the Kansas City Star newspaper, January 30, 1935. It is illustrated in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, P.151-7 and also Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, #428, in her Nine Patch Patterns section.
There are many different, historical quilt designs with this title, at least 12 and probably more. The diagonal crossbar in the center (see piecing diagram left) would traditionally be used to stitch in a name of a beloved friend, or else the recipient of the quilt as a gift. However that wide open empty space in the center is exquisite as part of the design, and as regards geometric patterns somewhat unusual. Jinny Beyer's illustration is striking, where she uses the same solid fabric for the whole of the interior (see illustration upper left).
For more friendship-related design themes at this site, see:
CASTOR AND POLLUX
BOSTON STREETS (read Cabot)
AUNT PATSY'S PET
DOVES IN THE WINDOW