Melinda Bula


Melinda will be teaching two one-day classes featuring her large florals.  One of the classes she will be teaching  is her new Roses.  Melinda was also “Best of Show” winner at Road to California in 2008 and at Chicago this spring.


Carolyn:  How many years have you been quilting?

Melinda:  I started sewing when I was 9 and made my first quilt at 19.

Carolyn:  What motivated you to start quilting?

Melinda:  I have always loved to sew and create things. While studying art in college I worked in a fabric store.

Carolyn:  Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?

Melinda:  From Ashland, Oregon to San Diego and all over California. I thought I knew all the towns in California but I guess I really don’t. There is so much to this beautiful state and a lots of it is in these small towns. I love it. Last year was my first time teaching in Houston and this year I will be teaching and speaking from Sacramento to New York. What a life! Thank God I was a flight attendant in my younger years!

Carolyn:  What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career?

Melinda:  The most frustrating right now is proving to the IRS that I have a business (and not a hobby).  Dealing with my suitcase being overweight is a constant challenge, too.

Carolyn:  Who is your favorite author?

Melinda:  Jennifer Weiner

Carolyn:  What is the last book you read or are reading?

Melinda:  Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Carolyn:  What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or ??

Melinda:  I am the oldest of 3 girls.

Carolyn:  Where did you grow up?

Melinda:  I grew up in Orange County, CA

Carolyn:  Where did you go to college?

Melinda:  I went to Orange Coast College in Southern California.  

Carolyn:  Do you have children – grandchildren?

Melinda:  One son, 22.  He graduates from college with a degree in Mathematics in May, 2009 and goes to Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California 4 days later.  He will be a linguist with his training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.

 Carolyn:  Do you have any pets?   

Melinda:  Cosmo, the golden retriever. We call him our Russian circus dog.

 Carolyn:  What is your favorite food?

Melinda:  Anything Mexican!

 Carolyn:  Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?

Melinda:  Gardening. knitting. cooking, blogging and I collect vintage Barbies.

Carolyn:  What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object?

Melinda:  Live on a Greek island for a month.

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