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Friday, March 27, 2015

Behind the Scenes at QATV

Here's a picture of the set from another angle - lots of big camera and lights. Can you see that big mechanism hanging form the ceiling over the sewing table? That's another camera that shoots closeups of hand work.

And these are the guys behind the scene. They run the cameras, sound, and lighting. One of them put the microphone on me before the shoot. Another gave me instructions - don't look at the camera, just talk and look at Susan, don't worry about showing work to the camera - just do my thing and they'll make sure they get it on camera.

They film each segment in only one take if at all possible. NO do overs! That's why they encourage us to practice before we come so we'll have in our mind what we'll say. I stumbled over a word near the beginning of my segment, but kept going and the rest was great. I was told afterward that my hand work showed up beautifully on camera. They also said my voice came across soothing and mellow and made them think what I was working on was doable by anyone. Haha! It is doable by anyone!!!

So what's on tap today now that I'm home? Grocery shopping! And I'm working on a Hexie Love project that you'll LOVE! I made the hexies while in Cleveland.

I still want to do another post on QATV - I want to introduce you to some of the wonderful quilt artists I met on set. I love getting to know these women (and one man) and sharing our work, ideas, etc.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fun Day at QATV

Finally! Pictures! Here's a picture of my little 'home away from home' at QATV. Each guest has a table and trays (like BIG cookie sheets) to set up their goodies. I had my step outs, threads, etc. My pile of quilts is at the left end.

By the way, this is the "green room." The TV monitor on the wall allows us all to see and hear the segment that is currently being filmed. We all relax and get to know one another during this time. Breakfast and lunch are brought in and we all eat here, too. (But not too close to the quilts!)

And here I am on the set with Susan Brubaker Knapp just before we taped my segment. Let me say that Susan is the nicest, most gracious person! I had met her once before briefly, and she is absolutely a lovely woman. She is so welcoming and makes sure we all feel included.

My session went very well, though we'd planned for me to do a bit of hexie appliqué on the Bernina and we simply ran out of time. I only fumbled over my words once and just kept on going. I think it went well though overall.

I am the only one on set with a Southern accent. Sometimes they all just grin when I talk and I think I've missed a joke. Then I realize, it's the accent. Haha! I don't think of myself as having an accent because I talk like everyone else around me in Alabama. But it really stands out when I travel! Yes, I'm VERY Southern! And proud of it! And I'm glad everyone here in Cleveland enjoys hearing a bit of the South coming from my mouth!

It's supposed to snow here tomorrow, but I think I'll be at the airport by the time it arrives. (I hope so, because I'm not used to driving in snow.) I'll be back home late tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

I've had a fabulous time! It always nice to be around like minded folks, and we all do love the art of quilting. I have more 'behind the scenes' photos to share, but that will probably wait until another day or two. Until then....Hexie Love, Y'ALL!

It's Cold in Cleveland!

At least it's cold to a Southern girl, namely me! Yes, Mom, I brought a coat. The high yesterday was 38, brrrrrr......

I had a great time yesterday on the set of QATV. I met new friends and reconnected with others.The staff at KS Studio is phenomenal! Yesterday I laid out all my supplies for the shoot on big trays. I went though the segment briefly with a producer.

This moring I'm due in hair and makeup at 8 am. And then I'm up first in front of the cameras! Then I'll have the rest of the day to watch others being filmed. It's like seeing bunches of episodes of the show piecemeal.

Lots of photos to come soon!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gone to the Dogs...

Today's post has gone to the dogs, specifically Prince and Mickey (top photo) and of course, Cooper, below.

Actually, the post has nothing to do with the dogs, but I wanted to include a couple of pictures and they won out!

So what's up today around here? LOTS! I'll be headed out to run some errands in a little bit. I need to get a manicure before my Quilting Arts TV segment is filmed Wednesday. The QATV people are very specific with this - skin colored or clear polish, not too glossy, NO frosted colors! Will do!

I need to pack my bag, including my quilts and step outs. Don't forget the clothes!

I need to take an afternoon nap - I'm catching a shuttle to the Atlanta airport around 4 am in the morning!

I need to practice, practice, practice my segment!

Uh oh - that's more than 3 things! That means it will be a super busy day!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hexie Fabric!

Last night I went to our local guild meeting - always fun to connect with these fabulous friends! And look what one of them brought me! ADORABLE hexie fabric! Click on the picture to make it bigger and read the selvage.

And here's a close up - I love these sweet little bees! Do you see she is collecting pollen in her apron?  The epitome of CUTENESS! It puts a smile on my face! I'm going to plan a very special project for this - but for now I'll just pet it.

Another tulip shot. Spring really seems to have arrived down here in Alabama.

Yesterday was another productive day. I did so much! And today, I woke up very tired...  my busy week is catching up with me. I think I'll linger over my coffee a bit longer and ease into the day.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Polka Dot Crazy!

Did I go a bit overboard with the polka dots? Nah, you can't have too many dots! I got so much done yesterday - love a productive day! Today I'm getting my hair trimmed so it will be nice and neat for filming QATV next week. And we have a quilt guild meeting this evening - fun, fun!

I went out in my nightie to take this picture this morning - just outside our front door. In a couple of days the tulips will be gorgeous!

So what else in on the agenda today? I have some important emails to write and send, some doctor appointments to reschedule, BOM appliqué, Hexie Love photo session, etc. I need to narrow it down to three things, don't I?

Meals have been easy this week. Now that the weather is hot again, hubby and I both enjoy a salad in the evenings. So last weekend I cooked up a bunch of chicken breasts in the crock pot and chopped it all. I have an assortment of lettuce and spinach, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, slivered almonds, red onion, cucumbers, and light salad dressing. Each night we just put together our own masterpiece salad. It's delicious and I don't have to cook. I think this may very well become our new way of life.

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fruit Salad

I took time out yesterday to make this yummy fruit salad. Aren't the colors delicious? The salad is, also. I'd made a fruit salad last week for my quilt luncheon and decided to make another for us to enjoy. Yum!

Here is the beginning of the project I worked on yesterday. It has grown by leaps and bounds now.

As usual, I have lots to accomplish today, which makes me happy. It's so nice to wake up with purpose and direction! I have a bit of paperwork, a bit of sewing, and a bit of fun creating for a future Hexie Love project.

It was about one year ago that I came up with the crazy idea to start a digital magazine. I decided then and there, without doing any research, to go for it. I remember telling my husband, "I'm going to start a magazine!" It was really out of the blue! He paused, then said, "Great!" I went on to tell him how approximately how much money I thought it might take to get it going. He said, "No problem!"

Without his support in the background, I would not have done it. But I did. And I'm so proud of myself for making this leap of faith. I've learned so much in the last year. How to get incorporated. How to use Electric Quilt. How to obtain lots of business licenses. How to use Quick Books (okay, I'm still working on this one...). How to layout magazine pages. How to use magazine software. And I'm loving every minute of this journey!

I have some big plans ahead for the magazine - some new options which I hope to share soon. Until then...have a happy hexie day!