Well, I’m about midway through my first Quilting Arts TV
taping experience, and it’s just as fun as it is busy. Let’s just say that many
amazing artists are putting in a lot of hard work to make all those beautifully
crafted episodes. The green room is nonstop commotion as materials and projects
are prepared, but there’s also plenty of chatter and laughter—and it’s a blast
to finally meet all of the wonderful artists that I’ve spent many months
communicating with at a distance.
Since you’ll get to see the great projects in QA TV series
700 for yourself in just a few short months, I thought I’d share some
behind-the-scenes shots. But first, a caveat: thanks to poor planning and a
dead camera battery on the first day, I’m missing quite a few photos of some of
the artists we’ve been privileged to have on set. I’ll just say that Susan
Brubaker Knapp is as lovely in person as she is talented as a machine stitcher,
and Victoria Gertenbach is as warm and thoughtful as her beautiful work
quilts. Leslie Jenison is every bit as cool as I had imagined, but I can't share my pictures of her for fear of ruining the awesome surprise that you'll see on TV. And there are many more! But for now...
The QA TV set:
And the control room, where I spend most of time watching the segments as they're being filmed. That's our producer Kathie Stull and Mike, who does an amazing job of directing the cameras where to go while filming is in progress--honestly, I don't know how he does it!
Jeannie Palmer Moore with her early morning cup of coffee and Jamie Fingal, decked out in pink:
Jeannie Cook-Delpit, the Director of National Events for Bernina, who is one of the most cheerful ladies I've ever met--and who is wearing my giant cashmere scarf (it can get cold in there).
Judy Coates Perez showing us her stunning painted and machine stitched quilt (check out this year's issue of Quilting Arts Gifts for a tree skirt in a similar style):
Managing editor Helen Gregory playing with Painstiks:
And finally, Pokey having fun in the green room with guess who? That's right--it's Pokey's mom, Kathy! It's been such a pleasure having her here this week--and she's just as warm-hearted and spunky as her daughter:
Stay tuned for more fun photos from QA TV, and thank you to all of the wonderful artists who have taped thus far!