Quilt City USA® Murals is a privately funded floodwall mural series featuring paintings of actual quilts. They are painted on the floodwall adjacent to the Schroeder Expo Center at the Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, KY. The mission of Quilt City USA® Murals is to educate both locals and visitors on the relevance and rich history of QUILTMAKING! From the early settlers, to the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and the Bicentennial Celebration of 1976, the history of America can be seen in the history of quilts.
It was recenlty announced that the next quilt to be painted is...
“…and Our Flag was Still There!” by Melinda Bula from El Dorado Hills, California. The relevance of this quilt complies with the criteria outlined by a Quilt Selection Committee headed by Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director, of having historical provenance.
“From the early days, quiltmakers have included the American flag in their needlework,” said Browning. “Melinda Bula made this quilt when her only son became a United States Marine. She dedicated it to all military families who have raised sons and daughters who sacrifice to keep us free.”
Note: The following was originally published in 2013.
Watch Melinda Bula as she takes us behind the scenes to create an amazing flag quilt for her son who joined the Marines after college. This quilt was recently added to the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Melinda says, “It’s a painting without any paint, where every color change is another piece of fabric. After the raw-edge fusible appliqué was completed, I used thread painting to blend the colors.”
To learn more about the quilt at the National Quilt Museum, click here.
To see more of Melinda and her techniques, watch Show 501: Fabulous Fusible Flowers.