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2 Sep 2008

As they say in TV speak, it’s a wrap!  All 13 episodes of our third season of QA TV have taped. Now the editing and captioning fairies will work their magic so that Series 300 will be ready to air nationwide starting December 26.  I had wanted to give a daily report of the taping while I was away, but the Internet connection at my hotel conked after my first night’s stay. (I felt a little gagged that I had no email for five straight nights.)

Below are just a handful of pictures at the latest taping.  I feel so honored and fortunate that they as well as all of the artists made the trek to Cleveland, and want to thank all of our guests and designers, Kathie Stull, and all of the sponsors for making this show possible!


Above Hollis Chatelain poses with me just before we taped her "Imagine Hope" segment. For the past few years, Hollis has been tirelessly planning a massive traveling exhibit that promises to be eye opening. Hollis relayed to me that in order to make progress for one of her pieces that aired, she got up at 2:00 AM every day to free-motion quilt. That's dedication!


Above I'm mugging with the talented Lyric Kinard who we've all seen grace the pages of Quilting Arts.  (And I promise you'll be seeing a lot more of her.)

A peek at one of her... shall we say...scrumptious projects is below.



The bubbly and humor-loving Laura Wasilowski taped two segments, one if which she pinch hit for Frieda Anderson who unfortunately was totally out with the flu the day she was supposed to hop on a plane. We sure missed Frieda but Laura did a fabulous job covering!


Lyric, Laura, and I in the green room.


The very talented Melanie Testa taped a couple of segments. I am a huge fan of Melanie's work and we have some big plans for her, too!


Artist Jane LaFazio who you may remember from my Long Beach post, also taped two segments. While waiting in the green room, Jane spent much of her time painting with watercolors in her sketchbook (checkout her blog link above). We were all mesmerized!


Above I'm with Melissa Averinos, a new Westminster Fibers designer who just came out with her first line of fabrics. She's a fellow Massachusetts gal, and as we speak she is busy getting her new boutique on Cape Cod called Yummy Goods ready to open to the public. I'm told it will feature fun stuff like this:


Below I'm with Anna Maria Horner who you might remember was a profiled artist in Issue #13 of Cloth Paper Scissors



The Springsteen/Quilting Arts Connection (albeit tenuous)

Director Mike Murphy (a terrific director and the nicest guy) told me he caught my blog entry about going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and thought I’d be interested in the following tidbit:  When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band temporarily reunited in 1995 and attended the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they recorded at the very same studio set as QA TV. I had to take a few deep breaths after he told me that...I couldn't believe we were taping in the same studio that the Boss had been in.

Speaking of music, stay tuned as I’ll be posting the particulars to our next Quilting Arts reader challenge by the end of this week!

It's good to be home...


Update: Artists and Designers who have given me a heads up and are blogging about the taping:

Andrea Bishop from Electric Quilt Company
Lyric Kinard
Jane LaFazio
Melanie Testa
Melissa Averinos of Westminster Fibers
Anna Maria Horner of Westminster Fibers

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Patty wrote
on 3 Sep 2008 8:54 AM
I have a Springsteen connection. My brother toured with him twice -the last time being two years ago. They needed a lighting mask/curtian for a lighting truss so I made that and I made Mr. S a quilt. I got to go to the concert (the Pete Seeger session band tour)and see my lighting mask. Very cool!
Pokey wrote
on 3 Sep 2008 9:05 AM
Patty, that's incredible! Did you actually hand over your quilt to Mr. S? I would have died... I love that there is a true Springsteen/quilt world connection!
Lyric Kinard wrote
on 3 Sep 2008 10:43 AM
What a blast! It was an honor to be included and a riot to spend time with so many talented people. Thanks to a well run show, talented and organized staff, and many people who really know what they are doing it was a painless experience. I can't wait to see the final product.
Patty wrote
on 4 Sep 2008 8:05 AM
I did not get to hand the quilt to Mr. S - and wasn't expecting to. Even my brother who was flying on the same plane with him was aware he had to keep his distance - Mr. S has people. In order to get the quilt to Mr. S it was presented to him by one of the band menbers as a thank you gift from the band and crew for a great tour. That was fine with me as long I knew it was given to him. The label on the back did have MADE BY Patty ... By the way I used musical fabric for the whole quilt. I have made many more quilts for rockers and have had an opportunity to meet some of them which has been very cool.
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 5 Sep 2008 10:01 AM
Thank You Pokey for the honor of appearing on QA TV. I ditto Lyric's comments--great crew, GREAT host--can't wait to see Season 3! xoxo
Meg Rogers wrote
on 9 Sep 2008 3:50 PM
Remember the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" and the line "I want my MTV" (no Pokey, you're probably too young)....well, I'm singing "I want my QATV". I am soooooo ready for series 300!! When will the new DVDs be out? and what a sweet little face to welcome you home!
Pokey wrote
on 9 Sep 2008 4:35 PM
Meg! Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler are TOPS on my list. (Saw Mark Knopfler in concert this summer.) "Telegraph Road" is one of my favorite songs ever. But I digress. You asked about QA TV. I think the DVDs will be available end of December. I will report when I have more information. Thanks so much for asking!