We just returned from Austin Texas and a fun filled couple of days taping a new episode of The Quilt Show featuring ‘moi’ (me) with quilt show hosts and industry royalty, Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims.
The Quilt Show is the #1 rated, best online quilting website and online show. To view many of the episodes – past and those coming in the future – you need to subscribe as a member – but believe me, that membership has perks! It’s a good thing!
With each new episode Ricky and Alex bring you quilting artists from around the world to teach you new techniques, new tools and of course new quilting ideas! It’s also a fantastic website filled with the newsest quilting books, tool and patterns as well as a great resource for everything quilting!!
Alex also hosts live Facebook tutorials and chats- check out the Facebook page right here!
Carl and I were so thrilled to be invited and be part of this new series of shows which will air sometime in June 2022. We’ll be sure to announce the exact dates in our newsletter and on our social media channels!
For some episodes, they film in a studio and for others they take the show ‘on location’. We were “on location’ in a beautiful rented home in the Texas Hill Country which is located right outside of the busy and ever growing city of Austin.
First, we packed the Mini Cooper and set off on our 2 day journey to Austin. Our drive was for the most part uneventful and that was a good thing! Although this Cracker Barrel near Phoenix was hopping!
The next morning we arrived at the home where we would film the episode. It was a gorgeous large cottage perched up on the hillside and had beautiful landscaping and flowers.
What was great about being on location was that we were able to film the entire episode outside! The weather was lovely – not too hot, not too cold, not too windy and no humidity!
The Cosmos & Dazzle quilts as you can see from the pictures below looked right at home outside on the back deck! After a brief “Getting to Know You” interview with Alex and Ricky, we shot three teaching tutorial segments which were ‘Wonky Piecing, Easy Appliqué and Decorative Stitches”.
Even though Carl and I had previous careers in film and TV, I must admit I was a bit nervous. Carl, of course, did not want to be on camera so he stayed off camera (where he likes it) and set up all of my samples boards and organized the quilts and step outs for each tutorial…that was a real time saver and helped to ease some of my nerves.
Also Alex, Ricky and especially show producer, Shelly and production manager, Lilo had everything so organized and planned out. With their thorough vision of where, how and when each shot should look like and their leadership through the day, all went very smoothly! Plus the exceptional camera and audio crew also were so professional and made us feel right at home. And just like that with a 1-2-3, bang! – all the segments were taped and we were complete for the day!
At the end of the episode, I also presented Alex, Ricky, producers Shelly & Lilo with their very own ModTV block that I made especially for each of them! I printed pictures from the show on photo fabric and then appliqued them as the TV screen on each ModTV block. They came out oh-so-cute!
After we packed up all the quilts, hugged our hosts numerous times and said farewell, Carl and I took ourselves out for a celebratory dinner at a restaurant near the filming location in Lakeway, Texas that looked out and over the huge lake that many of the homes are perched over. The sunset was gorgeous that night!
All in all it was a grand time in Austin and now we can’t wait to see our episode and all the other guest teachers’ episodes they filmed that week in Austin! Again it should air sometime in June 2022 but we’ll be sure to let you know exactly when and where! Until then, please check out The Quilt Show – it is truly a marvelous resource and Alex and Ricky are really oh-so-much-fun!!
Until your next colour fix! xxoo L&C