In honor of the upcoming State of Missouri’s Bicentennial, the Missouri State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, of Hamilton, Mo., in partnership with the Missouri State Quilter’s Guild, are teaming up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt.
Using one quilt block from each Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the challenge went out to quilters across the state to create original quilt blocks featuring the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.
Local quilter Susan Masulit, of Vandalia, entered a 6 1/2” block that she designed and fashioned herself and has won the honor of having her block included in the Bicentennial Quilt representing Audrain County. Her block shows the county outline formed by the redefining of the counties surrounding it, the “A” represents Col. James H. Audrain, for whom the county was named, the gold color of the “A” represents the yellow fire bricks manufactured in the county, the bee represents the honey harvested by early settlers, and those pioneers turned the “Prairie into a Rose” (Vandalia, Missouri Queen of the Prairie, Vol. 1, by the Vandalia Area Historical Society).
Quilt block submissions were accepted from October 8, 2018 through September 2, 2019. Multiple submissions for the same county were judged according to whether they met the criteria, level of creativity and craft, and description of significance. The judging committee included representatives from Missouri Star Quilt Company, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Missouri State Quilters Guild.
Missouri Star Quilt Company will assemble the blocks into a quilt, which will then be shown at events statewide during the Missouri Bicentennial of 2021. Afterward, the quilt will be on permanent display at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.