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New at the MSU Museum Store: "F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet," by Helen L. Wilbur, from Michigan's Sleeping Bear Press. The book examines the subject of quilting, as an art form as well as an item of utility, tracing its early history from a cave in Mongolia to patchwork bed coverings transported in overland wagon trains to present-day exhibits at renowned museums. Topics in this alphabet book also include patterns, inventions, and fabric choices, as well as quilts as vehicles of American history. Youth and adults can appreciate the rhyming prose, striking visuals and sprinkling of history throughout.

The MSU Museum, and its Great Lakes Quilt Center, were tapped to help produce this book. "M is for Morning Star" is based on textile in the Native American quilt collections, Beth Donaldson, collections assistant, also helped authenticate colors, patterns and other historical details in the quilt illustrations for artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. In addition, Donaldson herself made a number of the quilts that were illustrated and she even served as a model for "S is for Sewing" using her grandmother's vintage treadle.

The MSU Museum's Great Lakes Quilt Center has evolved from the sustained and significant quilt-related activities and resources at the Michigan State University Museum and the museum's long-standing interest in and commitment to preserving and presenting traditional arts history. See this quilt and learn more at:

Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the best-selling The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. He also painted murals for MSU Museum natural science exhibits in the Hall of Animal Diversity and Habitat Hall.

"F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet" is the latest in Sleeping Bear Press' award-winning series of "alphabet" books. [32 pages; Price: $16.95]

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