And so it was on! The thing I worried about the most was my hands!! They would be doing close-up shots of my hands, since I would be demo-ing the embroidery that I do on my quilts. My hands are not my best feature. Add to that that I garden, and well, I’m old, and they just weren’t looking good. When I went to the beauty shop to get my hair cut, I asked what they could do to make my hands look 20 years younger. So I got scheduled for two manicures a couple of weeks before the show was scheduled. Those were my very first manicures in my life (and probably my last.) I thoroughly enjoyed them, especially the wrist massage. But man, that is a money and a time suck! And honestly, my hands just want to return to their natural state the day after the manicure.
Both Ricky and Alex gave me some little hints about what I should talk about. And about a month before the show, the producer called and we had a really long chat. She was very interested in my weight loss, so we talked a lot about that. She asked all kinds of questions about my quilting, my motivation, my dog showing days…everything. Oh, and the best thing? She used to be a producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show!! So we had that in common–I told her about how my day would end at 4pm. Time to watch Oprah!
After she called, I felt more secure about what I was going to do and say on the show. I was pretty organized about setting up a series of teaching samples. And I went through my quilts several times to choose which ones to take with me. I ended up taking fourteen of them so that they could choose the ones that they thought would be best for the show.
Besides my hands, the other thing I worried about quite a bit was being “the healthy quilter.” You know, most people think that that means the Thin quilter. Or at least that’s what I think they think : ) Anyway, it kept me accountable. I went regularly to the gym to work out, and that made me feel good about myself as I headed down to the Bay Area.
And before you knew it, the day was here. Oh, one thing I didn’t mention. The show’s headquarters are in Denver, CO. But they go on location fairly often to do shoots, and they were going to be in the Bay Area, which was one reason they asked me to be a guest at this particular time.
As it turned out, we talked briefly about my weight loss and healthy living. And then we talked about everything else in the world–quilts, travel, the spiritual connection with my quilts, and dogs. I can’t say enough good things about the producer, Shelly. She is just a very real, genuine person. She is very easy going, which keeps everything very calm on the set. But at the same time, you can tell that she knows exactly what she is doing and is very confident in that. All of which makes everyone else calm.
They did the shoot at the Alden Lane Nursery, in Livermore. It is one of my favorite nurseries, and I have been there quite a few times. It was a really fun place to be. They often have quilting events at this nursery, so it was a natural place to do this. They did my segment in a greenhouse–very cool. And they brought in a bunch of plants for atmosphere.
They filmed four segments–Show and Tell, two different teaching segments, and the “After Set.” I had told Shelly that the After Set was one of my favorite things on the show. They don’t always include it, and I don’t know if she included it on my show because I liked it. But I was really happy they did that. The after-set was when we talked about Ricky’s and my history with show dogs. We had a great story about a flood and the cocker spaniels (it really is one of the most dramatic things I’ve lived through.)
I was a very bad blogger. Even though I brought my camera, I forgot to ask someone to take pictures during the filming. So these are mostly shots I got after the whole thing was over. Sorry….
The set for the demos.
I was actually cleaning up my demo samples here.
Alex and Ricky getting ready to film another segment.
The crew out in the nursery to film another short segment.
And then the day was over. I had already planned to stay overnight and go home the following morning. But all I could think about was that I wanted to go home and sit with my doggies. So the next morning, I woke up, looked at the clock and saw 6am, and thought, I’ll get a good start on the drive home. But after I got dressed and ready and packed, and was heading out the door, I glanced at the clock and saw that it was 5:36. Oops. Thank goodness Starbuck’s is open at that time. And this was one of the best parts of the trip– I drove straight to the gym, had a fantastic workout, and then went on home, where I sat with the dogs and watched some of my cooking shows, and thought about what I really wanted to eat. Some baked chicken, corn, and mashed cauliflower, that’s what I wanted. I guess I really am The Healthy Quilter.
I don’t know when my show will air, but it probably won’t be until sometime next year. You can become a member of The Quilt Show for free, but if you want to watch the new shows every two weeks, you have to pay an annual subscription fee. Once my show airs, they will give me a special code, and anyone who wants to can watch the show!