Friday, September 3, 2010

Quilting Arts TV taping in Cleveland

Jamie and I departed from Chicago on Sunday and flew to Cleveland to prepare for our segments on QATV.  Jamie is an old pro at this, but I'm a newbie.  I was really looking forward to the whole experience.  In my past life as a nurse-clinician I did a number of television commercials for the Women's Center I worked for, but that was about a million years ago.
The production staff at the studio is a well-oiled machine:  very organized and professional.  The set is lovely, lighting beautiful, and the experience fun and easy.  I brought more supplies and clothing than I needed, but I thought it was better to be over-prepared than the alternative.
I mixed print paste in our hotel room Sunday night, then separated it and mixed dye into small containers in the restroom at the studio Monday morning.
I was really glad to do my segment on dye-printing facial cloths first, as this was the one that required the most preparation.  I felt relieved when this one went well.  I can't tell you what I said on-camera to save my life.  I hope it made sense!
This photo was taken by Susan Brubaker-Knapp of the television in the Green Room

Tuesday, Jamie and I did a segment about the "Beneath the Surface" exhibition, showcasing a selection of quilts chosen by Pokey for the segment.  We discussed the importance of properly labeling and packaging a quilt for shipping.  I did another segment on how to make a properly sized quilt hanging sleeve.  My final segment was "Save My UFO!".  For the record, I looked through the list of possibles to discuss without actually looking at who made the quilts.
I selected several possibilities.  The two chosen were "Hot" and "My UFO from QA TV"
I'm a little slow on the uptake, but I didn't realize the latter quilt was Pokey's until we had a discussion about it in Chicago.  I planned to recommend that we cut the quilt up.  I didn't know we would actually CUT IT UP on camera, but we did.  It was a blast!  I spent the afternoon in the Green Room reconfiguring the quilt.  I am so happy with the results!  I need to check to be sure it is okay to post images on the blog before the show airs.  I'll put them up as soon as I can.
Here are a few shots that others took of me while at the studio.  I haven't even loaded my photos onto the computer.  I am certain more will follow!
Pokey, Jamie, and Leslie before our segment on how to prepare your quilt for shipping

Chillin' while the cameras are being set for the segment on making a quilt sleeve


  1. Looks & sounds like it was a great time! yahoo!!

  2. I really had a great time doing my segments! The production staff and the QA pros made it a fun and relaxing experience. Now, if I could only remember what I said....


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