Quilt Artists Talk - What It's Really Like on 'QATV'

10 Mar 2011

pokey bolton quilt artistI gave you a behind-the-scenes look at taping 'QATV' Season 8 on my Editor's blog last week. But it's only fair that I give the guest quilt artists a chance to tell you what it's really like.

So I asked three, two newbies and a veteran, to give you their own take on what it's like to be on "Quilting Arts TV."

Faith Cleary, quilt artist who specialized in pet portraits

quilt artist faith clearyHave you been on TV before? Was it what you expected? How was it the same or different?

I have never been on television before. It wasn't what I expected at all.  I expected a whirlwind of activity, with people rushing around, loud conversations with a frantic producer yelling at the camera crew and staff. It was the exact opposite. The atmosphere on set is very calm and the camera crew and producer are very encouraging.

The "Green Room" was also a surprise. I expected big cushy chairs, wine and cheese plates, and people whispering to one another about their latest project, etc. It is actually a large room with tables and chairs where people are working on computers, testing sewing machines, and preparing their artwork for the television audience. It is a very fun, creative place.

What would you say to anyone who is going to be on "QATV"?

Over prepare!  I made multiple sets of "step-outs" and wrote a script that I practiced every day for a week before the taping. I even practiced on the airplane--a great way to get the person sitting next to you to give you "extra room." By the time I walked onto the set, I was very confident about my presentation and didn't let my nerves get the best of me.   

quilt artist pokey bolton lynn krawczykLynn Krawczyk, mixed-media and fiber artist

Have you been on TV before? 

Nope, never. In fact, I've been pretty phobic my whole life about even having my photo taken. Most of my friends looked at me like I was nuts when I told them I was going to do it, but I was so excited that I couldn't pass it up!

Was it what you expected? 

I don't know that I really had any expectations. I knew that the ladies at
Quilting Arts are incredibly friendly and fun, so I figured that would be present, and it certainly was! I had a really good time with all of them.

What would you do differently next time?

I won't be as nervous.

What would you say to anyone who is going to be on "QATV"?

Tell your nerves to cool it and enjoy the ride!

Jane LaFazio, mixed-media and quilt artist

quilt artist jane lafazioHave you ever been on TV before?

This is the second time I've filmed for 'QATV', so the TV filming was relatively easy. (I had two segments in Series 300.) Pokey is a great host and asks the perfect questions, and it's always wonderful to be around her warmth and energy. It was really nice to see the same producers, assistants, and camera people as last time there, so it felt very comfortable.

What was the best part?

The martini at the end of the day tasted great. The bar was having $4 martini night, so I could afford two! Seriously, though, Jeanne Cook-Delpit (of Bernina) is great to work with. Fun and unflappable! Which is a much-needed quality as she was teaching me to use the wondrous and fancy Bernina machine that I'd use on the set.

What would you do differently next time?

I know I made some mistakes on camera, that I wish I hadn't...I sniffed, I hit my mic, I talked too fast and made the segments shorter than they should have been. But I'll take away the kind comments of the director, when he said I was a natural on camera, and came across very well, and when one of the producer's assistants told me I was 'inspirational.' I told her thank you, and that that is what I want to be: inspirational. And rich!

Well, let me just add that I always have a blast with the guest artists, and I thank them for being so brave and generous with their time and talents on and off the set. The mixed-media and quilt artists who appear with me have made "Quilting Arts TV" Series' 100 - 700 so entertaining and informative, and I know that when Series 800 debuts, you'll feel the same way about those 13 episodes, too!

P.S. Would you like to be on "Quilting Arts TV"? Send a proposal for a segment to submissions@quiltingarts.com. And if you haven't seen the earlier episodes, get them now, during our 3 for $99 sale.


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