In the last installment of this newsletter I left you on pins and needles wondering if I would throw up on the set of The Quilt Show in front of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson or not. Spoiler alert: it was a ton of fun, Alex and Ricky are total pros, and I was not even very nervous.
The Quilt Show (TQS) is an online, subscription-based show that features all different types of quilters and techniques. Last August I was asked by the producers if I would fly to Denver to tape a 45 minute episode. Of course I said yes - Alex and Ricky are quilting legends! I arrived Thursday to drop off my quilts and to see the set. On Friday morning I got to the set at 8am, filming started around 10am and we were finished with my portion by 12:30 in time for a lunch break. There was an afternoon taping which I stayed to watch for a different perspective. My segments included a chat-on-the-couch segment and two technique based portions. For the technique segments I made a simple map quilt of Massachusetts, of course, and then demonstrated how I make my stitched mosaic animal quilts.
My episode will also feature Mary Fons who is the Editor in Chief of Quilt Folk. If you haven't checked out Quilt Folk, you are missing out. It's a gorgeous and well-written publication that is unique to the quilt magazine world. I have a subscription and anxiously wait for new issues to be released.
TQS has a studio audience, which is fun because it gives the room a lot of energy. The audience is made up of TQS newsletter subscribers who sign up for tickets as filming days are announced in the newsletter. (And here's a little secret: the audience changes their clothes and seats for the afternoon show so it looks like a whole new group of people.) Throughout the taping there is a fair amount of downtime for the audience. Ricky and Alex's significant others keep the audience entertained with funny stories and jokes. They took out my quilts that weren't hanging on the walls and gave the audience a mini quilt show. Raffle prizes and giveaways were distributed during downtimes throughout the day.
Sarah Ann Smith filmed on Saturday, but since she and her quilts were there on my Friday, the audience got a little preview of Sarah's work as well. Thanks to Sarah and to TQS staffer Wendy for taking the photos you see here.
A few of my presidential statues made cameos in the show. You'll have to wait to see how they tie in with quilting!
The Quilt Show team - from producers to crew - made the whole experience super easy and comfortable. They were amazing. My episode will drop in a couple of months and I will publicize it as soon as I know the date.
Now I am back to regular life - teaching classes, driving my daughter to various activities, preparing for a whole slew of classes coming up, and even doing a little bit of quilting.