Happy Fourth of July from Bunk Bates. I don’t know who Bunk is, or even if he is a he or a she. But this photo has been a part of my life for as long as I can recall. It was in my Great Aunt Nellie’s photo album. The name “Bunk Bates” was scrawled across the bottom.
I’m sure I asked and was told who that was, but I don’t recall the reply. But in scrolling through some old photos I had scanned into my computer, I saw it and decided it should become a part of my quilting story, too.
I printed the image on a vintage linen tablecloth and added color to the flag using watercolors. I embroidered 48 French knots to represent stars, added some free motion quilting, and layered it atop a piece of an old quilt. I guess it represents my freedom from all the rules of quilting, because I followed few of them.