Patriotic quilt mural to be unveiled on Veterans Day

Patriotic quilt mural to be unveiled on Veterans Day
Paducah Quilt Murals Inc (PQMI) announced the unveiling of the second panel of the Quilt City USA® mural series. (Source: Paducah Quilt Murals Inc)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Paducah Quilt Murals Inc (PQMI) announced the unveiling of the second panel of the Quilt City USA® mural series.

The quilt “…and Our Flag was Still There!” created by Melinda Bula from El Dorado Hills, California, and painted by Stefanie Graves, Cowango Studios in Paducah, will be unveiled on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the floodwall adjacent to the Schroeder Expo Center and Carroll Convention Center at 415 Park Street.

A Quilt Selection Committee headed by Bonnie Browning, American Quilters Society (AQS) Executive Show Director, chose this iconic quilt as the second mural in the series for its 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.”

A world-renowned quilt artist and instructor, Bula designed her quilt to look like a painting.

Graves' task was to paint the mural to look like a quilt.

As is the case with most quilts, every color change is another piece of fabric.

However, Bula used a sophisticated process known as thread painting to blend the colors.

Graves invested more than 720 hours recreating this intricate quilting style—using paint to replicate the fabric, stitches and thread.

Patriotism is the common thread that defines the impact of this stunning quilt.

“Ten years ago, I was desperate to make a quilt that would help me through the fear of my son becoming a United States Marine in a time of war. I prayed over every piece of fabric I cut and every thread I stitched that my son would be safe,” said Bula. “Dealing with that fear and learning to let them go…that is how you learn to be a patriot.”

“…and Our Flag Was Still There” continues to touch viewers on individual personal levels.

M&M Decorating will install and weather seal the mural prior to the Veterans Day premier.

The mural is painted on panels of Pellon, a lightweight interfacing used for stabilization of quilting projects provided by Hancock’s of Paducah.

Though the unveiling will be a public gathering, in compliance with City of Paducah guidelines for social distancing, attendance is limited to 25 people.

Additional interested onlookers may view the unveiling from their vehicles in the parking lot facing the murals.

The mural will be available for public viewing at any time after the official unveiling.

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