Sunday, April 1, 2012

International Quilter: Melinda Bula

Quilting in the Highlands Patchwork Retreat is taking place Saturday 28th till Tuesday 31st July presented by Berrima Patchwork, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, just 1 1/2 hours south of Sydney. We have 5 award winning teachers joining us for this quilting retreat including from the USA Carol Doak and Melinda Bula and from Australia Michele Hill, Sue Dennis and Leesa Chandler. For further information about Quilting in the Highlands go to
Quilting in the Highlands Teacher Profile: Melinda Bula

Melinda Bula lives in El Dorado Hills, California and has been sewing since she was a young girl.   Melinda has been in love with fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was going to be an artist, which became her major in college. Soon she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant, a real job that lasted 8 years, and met her husband during this time in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer.  She and her husband, Joe, started their own wallpaper and fabric design business soon after the birth of their son, Matthew, in 1988.
 The company, Melinda Bula Designs, sold their hand silk screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide. Melinda’s wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Garden magazine as well as Sunset design books in addition to other noted publications.
Since moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in quilting and wearable arts, which has always been her first love.  Her sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts and wearable arts. Her wearable arts are dynamic and modern and she loves to experiment with new techniques.
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Her Fabulous Fusible Flowers quilts are unique. With the wonderful look of a painting, she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts.  She has been lecturing and teaching, which she really loves. Creating and designing is an obsession with Melinda and whether it is fabric, wallpaper or quilts, it is her passion.
She has recently developed Yellow House Designs, a line of patterns she has designed which include the new Fabulous Fusible Flowers patterns along with other quilting patterns including red work, appliqué and wearable. She chose the name for there pattern after a nationally publicized event surrounding her Yellow House.
Melinda is the author of two books Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane. Cutting Garden Quilts features her Fabulous Fusible Flower Technique. She is a regular teacher at the International Quilt Show in Houston  where her classes fill up  quickly.
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Melinda will be teaching 2 workshops: The Hibiscus and The Waratah. For further information about these workshops go to

WORKSHOP: Hibiscus with Melinda Bula Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2012

WORKSHOP: Waratah with Melinda Bula Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July 2012

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