Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quilting Art TV!!!

What an adventure I had in Cleveland! I was beyond THRILLED to be invited to film a segment for Quilting Arts TV! My taping was scheduled for Thursday and I had to arrive in Cleveland and go to the studio that afternoon to set up. Boy was I nervous!

The producer assigned me a table in the Green Room (no, it wasn't green!) and I was given a big tray to lay out my step outs. Once I was set up, the producers briefly let me show them what I brought to talk about on TV.

Thursday I was back at the studio and the talented makeup artist did her thing with me. I'd never felt more glam!

Then it was my time to tape. We organized my stuff on the table surrounding us. Then we walked through what Pokey Bolton and I would talk about with the producers and cameramen. They gave me last minute instructions like don't look at the cameras, if you mess up - keep going, only touch the things near you, etc., etc. So much to remember and think about!

And then we were ON! Pokey made it easy for me, walking me through each step, asking me questions, leading me through the segment.

I survived! And though I know I wasn't perfect, I did as well as I could have. I think I probably should have smiled more, but I was concentrating on so many things at once that I forgot!

Here's a pic one of my new friends took of us on the TV in the Green Room.

And now I'm smiling and relieved I didn't totally screw up! Here I am admiring (and drooling over!) this fabulous Bernina. Yes, I got a complete demo while there. Hmmm....maybe on my Christmas list?

All in all, it was a FABULOUS experience. But the best part was the wonderful new friends I made - more about them in the next post!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ready for Cleveland!

I think I'm almost ready for my trip to film a segment for Quilting Arts TV. I made two display boards to show some samples. They are covered with a nice acrylic felt. How do you carry something like this on a plane? I made them so they will collapse and fold in half. Yes, sometimes my Engineering degree does come in handy. I'll have to show you the back sometime - I'm so glad my plan worked. It involves velcro, jumbo popsicle sticks, and brads. These will come in handy when I teach classes, too.

Got my nails done today - neat cuticles and clear polish as instructed by the show's producer.

Tomorrow I'll be buy practicing and timing my self and....PACKING! Say a prayer for me please!

Friday, September 6, 2013

LOTS going on around here in Hexie Land! I've been making hexie quilts from my new designs (still secret!) like crazy! I'm loving these quilts and can't wait to share them with you!

And I have two BIG announcements:

1. I'm under contract for the NEXT hexie book!!! Yay! My book deadline is November 15 and I'm so excited about this book! Dear friend Peggy (co-author on Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts) is supporting me behind the scenes, but she's decided that one book was enough for her). Peggy is still recuperating from knee replacement surgery and she's really had a painful time with this one. But she seems to have turned the corner and is doing much better. She and I are speaking together to the Birmingham Quilters Guild on Monday.

2. I'll be filming a segment for Quilting Arts TV in a couple of weeks! Can you believe it? I can't! So much planning to do before then. What to wear? Need a manicure! EEEK!