When I was in Houston last November for the International Quilt Festival, I took lots of classes, mostly related to art quilts. One was a full-day class with Melinda Bula, whose work I’ve admired for a long time, especially after I saw it up close and personal when she taught at Empty Spools Asilomar in February 2014. At Asilomar I took Pam Holland’s 5-day class (no regrets about doing that!), but it was a toss-up between Pam’s class, Melinda’s class, and Susan Carlson’s class — all great teachers, all techniques I wanted to learn, but all on the same week!
So when I saw that Melinda was teaching a one-day class at Houston, I jumped at the chance and was lucky enough to get a spot in her ‘Fabulous Fusible Flowers: Hibiscus’ class. I made good progress on my piece, and finished it off at home by the end of November, except for the binding, hanging sleeve, and label. Well, now it’s all done!
I did some fairly heavy ‘thread painting’ on it, but left some of the yellow areas to ‘pop’ — just like the ridges on a real hibiscus flower. For the pollen heads, I couched some fuzzy yellow yarn, then lightly touched the tops of them with a red Copic marker. The patterns and all fabrics for the flower and the stem were from the kit Melinda supplied for the class (each person chose a different coloured kit for their hibiscus — I chose the yellow, though I could have chosen pink or purple). I supplied the background fabric and the green fabrics for the leaves. And yes, there are HUNDREDS of pieces of fabric fused in the petals…
I’ll put this piece into a couple of competitions/exhibitions, then I’ll make it available for sale. The size is 80 cm wide (31.5 inches) by 65 cm high (25.5 inches).
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