Well, the dust bunnies have finally settled down enough for me to share my adventure to Quilting Arts TV. I still feel like I'm dreaming. It was sooooooooooooo much fun and actually, a ton of work too. It's amazing how many components goes into producing each of the episodes.
So here I am, The Crazy Bunny Lady, getting set up. I couldn't wear my hat during taping as it was too big and blocked the table from the overhead cameras. They let me keep it on the table though. Yippeee! I also got to have my makeup done by the professional makeup artist. I tried to explain to her that I normally look like Kim Kardashian, but she wasn't buying it. We both had a major laugh.
Here the producer, Kathie Stull, on the left looks over the project. For each segment I was taping, I had to have multiple pieces of each step in the project. They call those "step outs." My carry on bag was full of lots of parts and pieces of bunnies, carrots and the like. It also had all my finished quilts. I figured the airport could lose my underwear and clothes, but I would have a meltdown for sure if they lost my quilts!
What can I say about the host, Pokey Bolton? Well, she is AMAZING!!! She is so darn nice and easy going. She can listen to the producer talking to her through the microphone in her ear and keep guests on track at the same time. I felt as if I was just sitting there talking to her about Folk Art Fusion.
Also, while showing the primitive lazy daisy stitch on the Honey Bun postcard, I stabbed the crap out of my finger! I kept thinking, please don't bleed, please don't bleed. For the most part though I did pretty good.
Then, I had my total "groupie/fan" moment when I got to not only meet the incredible Susan Brubaker Knapp, but I also got to join her for dinner twice! She said, "Michelle you're not allowed to say fan, only friend." Ummm...well... nope. Still a major fan of her and her work.
I really, really wanted to take that sheep home with me. Isn't he the coolest ever! I mean like ever! Susan was there taping her new DVD. She has several others available too. Hop over and visit her. Tell her me and the bunnies said hi!
This super lady is Vivika Hansen DeNegre. She is the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine. I had the pleasure of joining her for dinner as well. Vivika was taping some segments too. I can't wait to see the one on the felted banner. It was so awesome!
I can't believe I didn't get a photo of me with my kindred sister, Jeanne Cook Delpit! I'm borrowning this photo from Susan's blog. Jeanne is the Director of National Events for Bernina. She is a super sweet person and I felt an instant connection with her. Hi Jeanne! Did you get our photo? Where is our photo? Jeanne was there to help us with the sewing machines. We got to use some incredible Berninas. I totally got new sewing machine fever.
I will be in four different segments in the 1300 Series. All the projects I demonstrated will be FREE to download on their website. Cool huh? The new series will start airing around February on your PBS station. I will keep you posted.
This was an adventure I will never forget. Thanks so very much to everyone who made this little bunny feel so welcome, especially Katherine Lamancusa the production assistant. Katherine told me they tape all sorts of different shows at the studio, but the quilters always seem to be the friendliest and most outgoing. I told her it's just how quilters are. No matter where you go in the world, quilters are always passionate about quilts and the people who make them. :)
Harrington and Hannah will see you back here on Friday with some more news!
Michelle and the Bunnies