ALTONA, Manitoba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Friesens Corporation presented handmade quilts to Rick Steves and Avalon Press Publisher, Bill Newlin, expressing the book manufacturer’s gratitude to the world famous traveler and publisher that have printed over 3 million travel books with Friesens.
"It is a real pleasure for Friesens to be able to present a work of quilted art handcrafted by Mennonites in our community when we reach important milestones. Our relationship with Rick Steves and the Avalon Group has been wonderful over the years and we look forward to many more travel books in the future," said Curwin Friesen, Friesens CEO.
“As our (Friesens) guests explained how thankful and proud they are to print our books, and how their little town of 3,500 includes 500 people who work in their plant, I enjoyed the beautiful thought that it takes a village to bring a guidebook to our travelers, too,” said Rick Steves, Guidebook Author and Travel TV Host.
Made by artists Sharon Schmidt and Gail Sawatzky, these unique quilts are hand appliquéd and machine quilted, utilizing many different surface design techniques. The Best of Europe 2014 bridges are hand painted with acrylics.
A long standing tradition, Friesens recognizes book authors and publishers by commissioning local quilters and artists to quilt best selling book covers, recently adding Steve’s Best of Europe 2014 and Moon Travel Series Guatemala to Friesens Million- Print Quilt Club. Previous inductees include Harry Potter, Love You Forever, and Company’s Coming Cookbooks.
Friesens is one of North America’s premier book manufacturers, providing quality books to major trade and independent book publishers, art galleries, museums, institutions, corporations, universities, professional speakers, and more.
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