Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Most Humbling Experience

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Once my taping in Cleveland was done and over with, I was able to relax a little and had dinner with June from Brother, International.  We had a great time and talked for about three hours.  Love her.

Early in the AM on Wednesday I had to get myself up and to the airport to fly into Kansas City by way of Chicago (word to the wise, NO ONE in security at Midway has even a tiny bit of a sense of humor).  First stop in KC after leaving the airport was RJ's BBQ and HOLY CRAP.  Yum!!!  I ate nearly every ounce of food on my plate.  I was instructed to take a nap once we got "home" (home being my amazing friend Sheryl's place). 

Thursday morning was my gig with the MoKan Machine Quilters Guild.  We got there way early, but it just gave me more time to be prepared to speak in a Presbyterian church.  :)  A few days before, their newsletter had been floating around Facebook and it made me smile.  They have THEEEE cutest newsletters!

Anyway, we had a lot of fun.  I showed a few quilts.  We shared a few stories.  And I answered a few questions!  I have to say, I had no idea that I had "fans".  Like, real, actual fans.  But dang that was fun talking to all of those wonderful ladies!

The president of the guild introducing me.  Not sure why she is in focus and I'm blurry, but it must've been that I was secretly super bouncy inside.

Talking about how I royally effed up my GO! Bloom wall hanging and chopped it up into a circular table-topper instead.

My satin play-piece doodle.  I don't think I've posted this to my blog yet?  Anything looks good on satin!

I might not have shown this on the blog yet either.  It's a class sample for MQX.  Pattern is Cloudy Days by Tula Pink!

Then there was Melissa Stramel's Picnic in the Park...

And Steph's Crop Circles (everyone went nuts over this one)

Thomas's "Jo" (Chimera) was a really big hit, too.

And of course my BeDazzled quilt.

Last but certainly not least, Lynn's Ruffled Roses!

I even showed them my secret project that I taped for It's Sew Easy!  I think everyone was thrilled that once I was done speaking, the quilts were laid out on the tables and they were allowed to touch and fondle as much as they wanted.  The quilts, I mean.  Touch and fondle the quilts!

Once Q&A was done we stuck around for the rest of the meeting and then a few of us went out for lunch!

That lovely lady on the far right?  That's Karen.  She is a gem of a gal.  And that lovely lady sitting next to her?  That's Sheryl, my rock!  Karen bought Sheryl's Gammill from her, so after lunch we went back to Sheryl's to continue showing Karen the ropes of quilting, and prepare for Sheryl's studio tour with an awesome art group!

LED readers are so rad for so many reasons.

A sushi dinner (everyone else had burgers) later, the ladies from the art group started showing up.  I didn't really know what to expect out of that, but 16 wonderful fiber artists came to check out Sheryl's home studio and all of her walls of her house adorned with beautiful quilts.  I had met a few of these ladies in May while I attended a dinner the group held, but didn't get to talk with them much.  It was so wonderful being surrounded by so many amazing people!
Since I was in town and since I had a bunch of quilts with me, I was convinced to give another trunk show right there in Sheryl's living room/kitchen.  Just a couple more pictures because I can't get enough of the quilts.  :)
Nedra Bonds is an amazing, inspiring and awesome person and quilt artist.  She was checking out my BeDazzled quilt.  At one point she was looking at the front so closely that I almost thought she was trying to count the crystals.  It wasn't until she flipped it to the back I realized she was trying to follow my thread path!

After showing the quilts we all talked a little bit, and I was absolutely floored by some of the things the ladies had to say.  Good things.  Great things.  I felt like a bit of a (unworthy) superstar!  I genuinely hope that I get to meet with them all again in the future.  It was such a happy, relaxed experience and it was a great way to end the night/trip.

So that, in a tiny nutshell, was my trip.  Amazing experience, it was really hard to come home!  But there is work to be done and I've already finished three quilts and started another.  So I guess that I'd better get back to it.  I hope you all are well!  What fun stuff are you up to now that summer is winding down and coming to a close?

Monday, August 20, 2012

The making of a TV Show

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My trip to Cleveland was ridiculously eventful.  So much so, that I almost just turned around, went home and hid under the covers from the rest of the world.  But I kept reminding myself that I'm not a quitter, and kept trudging through the motions until I found myself safely at the hotel near the studios.

The morning of my taping I got up at 5am and called for a cab at 7.  At 8 I was still waiting, and was pretty furious to find out that they had no intention of sending a driver to get me.  Luckily a very lovely man named Dave came and picked me up in a fancy BMW and got me to the studio by 8:15!

Upon my arrival I was welcomed with open arms.  I was the newbie of the group, so I didn't have much to talk about.  I sat in my little corner in the green room and prepared my project for the taping.  I was scheduled to tape toward the end of the day, but was bumped up to just before lunch.

Katharine, the producer's assistant said that she would set up a Quattro for me to practice before my taping began.  Hmmmm, why would I need to practice?!  I politely declined.

It hadn't occured to me to be nervous until I was sitting on set.  Once the initial burst of anxiety was over with, I think it went pretty well.  You never realize how fast that time goes until suddenly the producer is talking into your earpiece telling you that you only have two minutes left.  Holy cow!  I didn't get to see any of the playback, but I was told that I did a good job, so let's hope so!  Once I got back into the green room, I did see this still showing on the TV.  Look, it's my hand!

Once my segment was done and out of the way I felt a lot more at ease.  I took a few pictures in the green room too!

Steph from Threads Magazine was taking a picture of me so I decided to take a picture of her too.

And then there's a couple from the set.  I may or may not have a small crush on one of the members of the production crew (shhhh).

And here's one of all of us in the green room after lunch. You can't tell but I was absolutely exhausted! The makeup artist said, "You may not BE wide awake, but you're going to LOOK wide awake.". She did her job very well!

Later that night I even ran into Gretchen Hirsch, an It's Sew Easy veteran that I just adore (from afar)!  We chatted for a while and had a good time.

And then it was all over!! I had a great time with the whole crew and if you are ever given the opportunity to do something like this, I highly suggest you jump on it!
The last leg of my trip was even more amazing.  Can't wait to share it with you!  One thing at a time.  :)