On this day in 1861, American librarian and missionary Mary Elizabeth Wood was born in Elba, New York. Wood was best known for founding the first library school in China where she taught Western librarianship practices and programs.

This hand pieced, appliqued and quilted Tea Leaves Quilt was made between 1976-1999 in Guizhou, China. Marsha MacDowell, Curator of Folk Arts at Michigan State University Museum, purchased the quilt for the MSUM collection on a research trip to China in November 2012.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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