On Sunday, I flew to Cleveland to film three segments for the 700 series of Quilting Arts TV. Here I am with host Pokey Bolton on the set. These are the very girly-girl quilted dog beds I made with a new line of fabrics by Bari J. Ackerman called Country Lane (for Windham Fabrics). I used lots of the lighter fabrics for the strips and side/back panels, and cut out the big roses on another fabric from the line and raw-edge appliqued them down.
This segment will air in program #712. (All the shows I shot – #703, #707 and #712 – will air this fall/winter on many public TV stations across the country, and will be available on DVD at the end of the season.)
Here’s all my stuff for the segments arranged on the bed at my hotel the night before.
I’d met Jamie Fingal, well-known for using zippers in her work, at Quilt Festival last fall. She was talking about how she created some of the pieces in a series featuring her feet in Doc Marten boots. Jamie’s blog is called Twisted Sister.
Here is a close up shot of some of Jamie’s Doc Marten series.
While each artist is taping, the rest of us get to watch on the big TV in the green room (that’s the name of the room where you wait before you go on set). Here are (from left) Jeannie Palmer Moore, Jeanne Cook Delpit (Bernina USA), Leslie Jennison and Katherine Lamancusa (from Beachwood Studios) watching and photographing Jamie’s segment.
Jeannie Palmer Moore (right) and Jamie watch another segment from the green room as it is shot. Jeannie, a mixed media artist, does a lot of painting and stitching in her work, but somehow, I managed to miss getting a photograph of her with it. Shoot!
Time for makeup!
Since the segments are shot out of sequence, Pokey has this helpful photo guide to what she needs to be wearing for each show:
This is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (lef) with her mom, who spent a good hour untangling a necklace Julie made that she needed for her segment. What a nice mom! Julie also taught at the CREATE retreat.
Julie used computer kaleidoscope software to create these really cool designs that she then made into little fabric beady things and put on a necklace.
And she had the funkiest hand-painted shoes!
I got my first look at the spread for my project, Magical Mistletoe, in the 2010 Quilting Arts Gifts magazine. They had a copy in the green room.
The fabulous Jeanne Cook Delpit of Bernina USA (left) helps Jamie learn the features of the machine she’ll be using on set.
Here is Leslie Tucker Jenison on set with Pokey. Leslie is a textile and mixed-media artist who makes spectacular art cloth. She mixed up the dyes for this segment in her hotel room bathroom the night before! You can read more about Leslie and see silly behind-the-scenes photos from the CREATE event – including dinosaurs and fake eyeballs – on her blog.
Pippa Eccles, assistant editor at Quilting Arts, was often hard at work on her laptop in the green room. Pippa has helped edit my series of articles for Quilting Arts magazine this year.
This is the sweet, sweet Helen Gregory, managing editor for Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors. She was such a huge help to me!
On Tuesday, I popped back into the studio to meet some more guests, because my plane wasn’t leaving until the afternoon. I met Victoria Gertenbach with one of her lovely “work quilts” made of shot cotton fabric, with the most beautiful hand stitching:
Candy and Victoria check out an issue of Studios magazine in the green room.
Leslie Tucker Jenison and Pokey prepare to cut up one of Pokey’s quilts in a “Save My UFO!” segment. In these segments, people send in quilts that they don’t know how to finish or fix, and a guest talks about what she’d do to improve the piece.
Jamie tests out a new technique using Shiva PaintStiks. Pokey needed samples on set, and Jamie and some of the rest of us jumped at the chance to play in between tapings.Together, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison co-curate art quilt exhibits for the Dinner at Eight Artists. They had come directly from teaching at Cloth Paper Scissor’s CREATE mixed-media Retreat in Rosemont, Ill. (near Chicago) the day before. They had to be exhausted, but you’d never have known it!
Pearl Krush, most famous for her snowmen fabrics, shows off her beautiful quilt made with her most recent fabric line for Troy called Petal Pushers.
I am a big fan of Deidre Adams’ work, and it was exciting to meet her and see it up close. Deidre is also a painter and graphic designer who creates a lot of the beautiful catalogs for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
The texture and subtle color in Deidre’s work is fascinating. These are a few of the pieces she brought for her TV segment.
This afternoon, I headed home, back through the Cleveland airport, which has this great giftshop with stuff from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.