Artist Spotlight and Giveaway: Melinda Bula

December 9, 2013

Copy of Best head shotPart of the fun of teaching is meeting your colleagues, which then become your friends. I met Melinda Bula while teaching at the American Quilt Society show in Paducha during what is now affectionately known as the tornado year. We had quite a lovely adventure together, spending an extra day in town after volunteering to get bumped from our flight. You can read about it here.

We have seen each other since but mostly as we rushed past each other on our way to classes. We did sit next to each other for a delightful hour at a reception in Houston and oh my, had she had another adventure! Her class supplies just happened to be on a train that DERAILED!!!  So there she is on the first day of the International Quilt Festival with a room full of students and no kits, no supplies, nothing. I think she might have had her quilts that she flew with.

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And here is how I know she is a great teacher even though I’ve only poked my head into her room once or twice to check out what her students were doing. My roomie (also a teacher) said she that Melinda’s students were laughing so loud most of the day that she had to shut her door so that her students in the room next door could hear her teach.

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As teachers do, we looked over each other’s products and I came home with one of her patterns. I didn’t intend to make it but wanted to see how she self-publishes them. Who knows, one of these days I might make a few patterns.


I opened her pattern and oh my! You are in for a treat! This pattern is pages and pages of paint/cut-by-number pieces complete with a color chart that makes it super easy to recreate one of her gorgeous floral wall quilts. Her work is simply delicious and the instructions were clear and easy to understand.

Want it?

Leave a comment here telling me what you think makes a good teacher. 

I’ll pick a winner next Monday.

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    Lyric Art — Work in Progress & giveaway winner
    December 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    […] to Barbara Triscari who is the winner of Melinda Bula’s lovely Summer Rose pattern. There are still more giveaways to come and several before this left […]

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    December 15, 2013 at 3:41 am

    A effective teacher: is prepared and organized * has strong knowledge of the subject * clearly explains the subject * enjoys teaching * is enthusiastic * motivates * has a positive attitude * has patience * engages with all students, not just a select few * encourages creativity.

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    Patricia Wester
    December 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    A sense of humor, a sincere desire to share her knowledge, an ability to encourage her students to reach their potential and an involvement with everyone in the class, i.e., don’t play favorites.

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    December 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    A good teacher shows you the process and then encourages you to create in your own style.

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    Barbara Triscari
    December 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Being a good teacher is no small feat! So many things from communication, to engaging students, to sharing knowledge and everything in between! Another wonderful giveaway and review! Thanks

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    Sharon Matthiesen
    December 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    The best teachers have the ability to connect with the students and connect the students to each other. The result is a lack of self conscienceness and an abundence of humor.

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    December 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

    A good teacher plants a seed to let you expand and grow on your own!

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    Ruth Camack
    December 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

    A good teacher for me is one who speaks slowly giving you time to absorb the info and shows clear examples of the info she is speaking about. For example: I watched your segment on Rickys show demoing the 5 things to know about color texture etc. For me this made the most sense I have seen – or read – about a complicated subject. Made me want to take a class with you and believe I too could make an art piece.


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    December 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

    The ability to communicate and to make me laugh!!

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    December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    A good teacher makes you feel like he or she is sharing all of their knowledge with you…they are not keeping secrets. They want you to know as much as they do.

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    December 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think what makes a good teacher is one who doesn’t assume that everyone knows the basics or acronyms. One who realizes that there are people who learn differently – visual, aural, hands on, etc.

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