The Quilt Show Taping with Alex and Ricky!

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.

If you are unfamiliar with The Quilt Show, Alex or Ricky – then I urge you to check out the website here!

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

Teaching at AQS Paducah!

Name BadgeA few weeks ago I returned from Paducah, Kentucky and had a great time teaching at the annual AQS 2018 Spring Quilt Week- Paducah.  If you’ve never been before – well then, place this city and the show on your list of must see adventures in the quilt world.

First, let me say how honored I was to be asked to teach two classes for AQS (American Quilter’s Society), and secondly, what a thrill to be teaching in Quilt City USA, Paducah, Kentucky!!

AQS and their staff do an awesome job of organizing the show, classes and other activities in the convention center and all around town.  There was so much to see – not only within the show but in the city as well.  Shuttle buses were readily available to take visitors in and around town to see all the sites available: The National Museum, Quilt in a Day & Hancock’s of Paducah quilt shops, more fabric shops and antique shops galore, historical and Civil War buildings and monuments, and the famed river wall murals along the edges of the great Ohio & Tennessee Rivers.

The show itself was fantastic and big…. staged in over four areas in and around the Schroeder Expo Center –  one of them being a huge tent as big as a football field known as the “Dome”.  And of course , lots and lots of quilts to see and lots and lots of vendors to shop from.

 

The exhibition quilts were fantastic.

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And adding to the excitement was the fact that my Dazzle Quilt (beautifully machine quilted by Teresa Silva- Quilting is My Bliss), was also juried into the show and on exhibit! Needless to say, I was beyond excited….

Dazzle

“Dazzle” on Display at AQS Quilt Week-Paducah 2018

The first class I taught was my Wonky Strip & Easy Appliqué Mini Mod Dog class.  Twenty four eager ladies awaited me – I was a bit nervous – but they were all so fantastic and gracious!  Everyone enjoyed the evening and finished their playful pups – what a great time!

The next day was a day off for me so I went sightseeing – my first stop was the National Quilt Museum.  Special exhibits included Japanese Quilters Who Have Influenced the World, Minature Quilts and a special exhibit of quilts using the BowTie block.  Unfortunately no cameras were allowed but you can see some of the fantastic quilts by perusing the museum’s website.

After that I hopped back on the bus and toured the city – The famed river wall murals, the downtown area….

Then I was off  Hancock’s of Paducah, where I spotted several of our patterns that we had designed for Free Spirit Fabrics using Kaffe Fassett Fabrics hanging in the shop and kitted up !

The next day I taught my second class : Appliqué Stitch Lab.  Another sold out class and another eager set of ladies ready to rock machine appliqué.   They all did awesome, as evidenced by my ‘action shots’ below.  I was so proud of them – diving in without trepidation, and wildly selecting decorative stitches to embellish their appliques! Wow!  They were all super students!

And then in a flash – my time in Paducah was over and I headed home….but what a great time!  Thank you AQS and Paducah!