Above: Diane Nunez's dimensional fabric flowers
Five days, 39 segments, and 13 episodes later, Season Six of Quilting Arts TV is born. A number of very talented guests joined me this season:
Jane Dunnewold was back to dazzle us with two surface design/ resist techniques and to tape her hour-long QA Workshop DVD.
Even goddesses like Jane need a little touch up now and then.
In the green room from left to right: Julie Fei Fan Balzer, Jane Dunnewold, Jane's friend Mary, and Karen Fricke.
Karen Fricke who has written a number of articles for Quilting Arts and Quilting Arts GIFTS, taped an in-depth and tip-filled segment on machine thread sketching.
The ever-smiling and bubbly Jeanne Delpit of Bernina gives me a pep talk before I begin taping all of my opens (which I usually tape one after the other, making for a lot of wardrobe changes in just a couple of hours).
Here are some of the behind-the-scenes folks we have to thank for making QA TV happen. The folks in the control room from left to right: Alan Perry (sound), producer Kathie Stull, and Mike Murphy (director).
I love how the tables are turned. Here sits managing editor Helen Gregory getting all dolled up in the make-up room. Helen made her QA TV debut this season, taping three segments with me. We have a good friendship and I think our camaraderie came off well on camera.
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer taped a couple of very colorful, mixed-media segments.
Art quilter Liz Berg joined me to show how to create abstract quilts from photographs, and to also act as a design expert for one of our "Save My UFO!" segments.
I'm gloved, smocked, and ready to tape my deconstructed screen printing technique. I adore this process (thank you Kerr Grabowski!) and was excited to share this with the PBS audience.
Above Liz Kettle and I get ready to tape her technique on free-form machine and hand embroidery using water-soluble stabilizers.
And here's Terry Grant, maker of those fabulous fabric birds that don the cover of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene. Terry did a terrific job, even taping three separate segments with us.
Lindsey Mason showed us how to make stitched and embellished slippers. They are so adorable (and easy). Now I know what to make my mom for Mother's Day!
The shots below require some explaining. Kathy
Mack (who has been our Quilting Arts GIFTS cover girl twice and is the designer of
the Winslow Market Tote on the cover of International Quilt Festival:
Quilt Scene) kicks off this season with the very first segment of the
first episode. Understandably, I wanted to make sure we felt relaxed
and exuded a lot of positive energy. How did we achieve this? By doing
the "Elaine" dance from "Sienfeld," of course.
Don't we look happy now?
Save My UFO!
In this new segment to QA TV, we share unfinished artworks from viewers/readers that need a little design help to complete. Thanks to Sherry Soreo and Larissa Davis for putting together this moving graphic:
We only taped three "Save My UFO" segments this time, but we're thinking of having it be a part of every episode, so keep those UFOs coming!
Above: Luana and her daughter Sophie Ruben of eQuilter.com with Helen. Seven-year-old Sophie set a record for QA TV by being our youngest QA TV guest ever!
Sophie's suitcase did double -duty as a booster seat for her foot pedal so she could sew on set.
Her segment was so hilarious, I promise you will enjoy it. (Everyone in the green room laughed so hard, their chuckles could be heard on set through the sound-proof walls.)
And Luana of course also taped a segment, this time on helpful tips on how to incorporate large-scale prints in quilts.
And you'd think there's just two of us on set in this picture, but no. Andrea Bishop of Electric Quilt is expecting!
I have a number of other pictures that wouldn't fit on this blog so I've posted them in this photo gallery so be sure to take a peek.
I'd like to thank all of our sponsors for Season 6, including Bernina, Havel's Sewing, Electric Quilt, Kaliedoscope, eQuilter, Coates & Clark, Sulky, The Warm Company, J.T. Trading, Prim Dritz, Rowenta, Cedar Canyon Textiles, Windham Fabrics, Alexander Henry, and Simplicity Creative Group.
Heartfelt thanks to all our guests and the TV crew including a special thanks to Kathie Stull for making this season's taping run so smoothly. Season 6 of QA TV will be available on PBS in late June.