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QA TV Series 200 Taping Complete

5 Feb 2008

The winner of the award of Guests Traveling the Farthest for the Series 200 QA TV Taping goes to... The Kemshalls!  For those unfamiliar with this dynamic mother-daughter team, Linda (beautiful mother) and Laura (adorable daughter who's only 29!) hail from Design Matters in the U.K., their distance-learning program of City & Guilds, and are two of the most talented and gifted quilt artists around (in my very humble opinion). If the idea of flying over an ocean isn't daunting enough, the thought of braving the Newark Airport (and U.S. Customs with paints and brayers in your bags) for a connection sure is.  Once they arrived in Cleveland, they said they were pretty tired (they'd been up for nearly 24 hours) but you would never have known it by looking at this picture taken in the green room. They masked their exhaustion with humor and smiles, and were even gracious enough to accept a dinner invitation with our crew that night.


Here they are (below) after a good night's sleep and seconds before the camera lights went on. Just wait until you see the quilts they brought for the show--truly amazing works of art.We kick off this season with one of their five segments as well as a feature with Katie Pasquini-Masopust. A pretty darn good start if I do say so myself.


All done taping... They say they were nervous, but I don't buy it. They were utterly relaxed, natural, and articulate on set.


Jamie Fingal was another wonderful guest. She taped a colorful and fun segment showcasing her fabric collaged zipper quilts. (Trust me, if you haven't seen Jamie's quilts yet, you are in for quite a treat!)


Susan (Lucky) Shie was back to tape a ten-minute segment on air brushing. I was a little worried how her mike would work while wearing a respirator as she air brushed, but the control room said they could hear her just fine!


Below, assistant editor, Barbara Delaney, proves she's not only a talented editor, but a true team player. How many editors do you know are willing to help you pack your bags?  Barbara's one of those rare souls who has the gift for organization and creative use of space--especially in a suitcase. I'm afraid organization does not come naturally to me :::cough::: and you have no idea how wonderful it was to come home and open such a well-organized suitcase where I could find everything. Thank you, Barb! (Be sure to see Barb's article on organization in our Studios issue, coming out in April.)


A special thanks to Kathie Stull (owner/producer) for making the taping go so smoothly and a joyful experience for all involved.  A thanks also to Katherine Lamancusa, all of the talented guests who came to tape, Patty Jo, Sue Hausman, and the rest of the Husqvarna-Viking crew for their support and time.

Other people who are blogging about Series 200 (that I know of):

Jane Davila

Jamie Fingal

Rayna Gillman

Judy Coates Perez

The Kemshalls


We are gearing up for Make It University in Chicago, and we have a special surprise on the Saturday of the show. If you are a mixed-media or fiber artist that has been published in Quilting Arts or Cloth Paper Scissors and are to coming to Chicago, we'd like to know ASAP. If you are interested in being a part of Open Studios please email us and let us know what you are interested in doing and your availability. If you are a vendor that sells mixed-media supplies and would like to vend in Chicago at the Quilt Festival, please email Quilts. Inc. and let them know! Space is filling up!

Next blog entry I'll share a couple of tips and techniques I've found helpful in preparing to making a large, collage-style quilt.

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Cheryl wrote
on 6 Feb 2008 2:52 PM
Wow! I am so excited to see this. Too bad the show is not on here int he Chicago area... And looking forward to seeing the Make It University stuff at the Chicago IQA. Keep up the great work!
Liz Plummer wrote
on 9 Feb 2008 3:11 PM
This sounds so exciting! Wish we could get it here in the UK ... still, at least we've got the Kemshalls in person:)
BJ Reed wrote
on 10 Feb 2008 8:57 AM
It was lovely to see the Kemshall's as they were my teachers for the three+ years it took to complete my C&G Diploma! Darn we don't get the show here either, I've written to our local station.
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 16 Feb 2008 1:33 PM
oh, the kemshalls are so talented! I can't wait to see them on the show. Sounds like a great lineup! I just got the first season DVD and I'm dolling out the episodes like a box of super special chocolates! Great show Pokey!!
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 16 Feb 2008 1:33 PM
oh, the kemshalls are so talented! I can't wait to see them on the show. Sounds like a great lineup! I just got the first season DVD and I'm dolling out the episodes like a box of super special chocolates! Great show Pokey!!
Shoshana wrote
on 26 Feb 2008 12:29 PM
Hello Pokey! I am bummed. There's no showing in our local channel. I am trying to see if there's a youtube version of the show. This is so exciting. I brag to my mother-in-law that I have met you. :)
Robbi wrote
on 26 Feb 2008 5:20 PM
Hey Pokey. It looks like you are wearing really tall spiky boots on the cover of the Studios issue. Or is that a shadow? If those are really "five minute shoes" and you can walk in them, I'm totally impressed. See you in Chicago! Robbi
Robbi wrote
on 26 Feb 2008 5:23 PM
Cheryl from Chicago: The show in on the MIlwaukee PBS channel. Tuesdays at something like 10:30am. I'm on Comcast up in the northern suburbs and we get both Channel 11 and whatever channel that is that Milwaukee gets. I hope this helps! I'm too lazy to google the exact info. Robbi
Pokey wrote
on 1 Mar 2008 12:11 PM
Robbi, I should know you of all people would notice those shoes! Yes, they have quite the heel on them. They are my guilty pleasure, but I did ask our designer if we could photoshop them in the shot because it was the first thing I noticed. Believe it or not, she did shave them down a bit. So we're going to have to do something for your big 5-0 in Chicago.
Robbi wrote
on 1 Mar 2008 9:44 PM
<So we're going to have to do something for your big 5-0 in Chicago.> Goodie! I hope it isn't as painful as the "surprise" planned by my kids. They are treating me to the tattoo of my choice. I assume they think the pain element will limit how big my choice is. Robbi