Using color and fabric to create inspirational designs.
Originally from South Carolina, Rod earned a BA in Music from the University of Florida before embarking on a career as a professional musician and educator. He continued his education earning his MA and PhD from the American University. At the same time, he spent 20 years performing with The United States Army Band. He also taught at the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After retiring from the Army, he continued to teach until 2003 when he relocated to New Mexico.
While in New Mexico, he accepted a position as a band director with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Throughout the years, he maintained an interest in the visual arts. He experimented with a variety of media but never found his passion until discovering fiber arts. In 2011, on a visit to the Open House held at Empty Spools Quilt Seminars here in Pacific Grove, he stumbled into a class led by Susan Carlson and fell in love with the process of creating realistic and/or abstract images using tiny pieces of fabric. He was instantly hooked. Since that visit, he has studied under several artists and continues to develop his quilting techniques.
Rod's work has been displayed in the New Mexico capitol building, the Harwood Museum of the American West, the Texas Quilt Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum as well as numerous local venues in New Mexico. His work has been featured in Quilt Artist Magazine, The Quilter, Quilter's Home, as well as local publications in New Mexico. In 2015, he was the Artist in Residence at Empty Spools Seminars. He is currently teaching his technique to quilt guilds and other workshops.
Rod is a member of SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates, and MQG - Modern Quilt Guild.
I use colors and textures of fiber to create images that inspire me and hopefully inspire others. Being a resident of New Mexico, many of my pieces reflect the culture of the Southwest. Frequently, I find my inspiration in the photography of my spouse, Jim Carnevale. My goal is to create images that tell a story and lift our spirits.
Jeanne Mills, Program
Melinda Bula lives in El Dorado Hills, California and has been sewing since she was a young girl. She 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. After college, she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant. After marrying, she worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer. She and her husband, Joe, started Melinda Bula Designs, a wallpaper and fabric design business soon after the birth of their son in 1988.
Since moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in quilting and wearable arts. Melinda must be a whirling dervish of activity with her finger in many pies: quilts, wearable art, writing books, and most recently teaching online classes (iquilt.com).
She and her quilts travel nationally and internationally to teach and exhibit at quilt shows where she wins many awards. In 2013, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky bought Melinda's quilt And Our Flag was still There!
Jeanne Mills, Program
Due to Labor Day,
the September meeting
will be held on the second Monday.
This guild meeting will be your chance to help tie quilts for the Monterey Peninsula Dialysis Center. Just think how these quilts, with bright splashes of color, will encourage those who have so many challenges ahead -- you can help make someone smile. Join us on September 12th to meet our newest members, and reconnect with old friends.
What should I bring? A thimble, scissors, darning needle, and blue painter's tape if you have it. Remember to bring your checkbook or cash to pay your annual MPQG dues.
Terann Carr, Community Outreach
Whatever you call it ... join the "quilt pickers" adventure. This month only, you have the chance to bring fabric and all quilt-related donation items to the Freecycle Tables on the patio. Open Hours: 6:15 to 6:55 p.m. and 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. Closed during the Tie-in from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts)! Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level. I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips n' tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!
Jeanne Mills, Program
Meetings are generally held on the first
Monday of every month at:
Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meet-
ing starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.