filming for quilting arts tv pt 4: on set

When I arrived at the little studio in Cleveland the first time several years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Now I look forward to walking in and spending a few days with many amazing artists and technicians who also happen to be amazing people!

The studio, owned by the production company (not Quilting Arts) is very, very unassuming from the outside. It’s just a door in a long string of doors in a long bring building in an older light industrial part of town. It’s not huge and fancy. You walk right into the green room where tables are set up for guests to do prep work. Each of us has one or two tables and we are given giant cookie sheets to organize our stuff for each segment. There is a monitor on the wall (you can see it in the previous post) so that you can see what is happening on set.

Off to one side is an office. There the incredibly organized Katherine Lamancusa mans the phones and keeps everything organized with charts posted on walls. The lovely Jeanne Delpit from Bernina is there all week with the latest model machines and everything she needs to help us look like we know what we are doing. I practiced at the local shop and after I got to Cleveland so that I could do the bits I needed to smoothly. (I work at home on a great little workhorse Bernina 930 Record. Yes, the new machines are fantastic – but I tend to beat mine into the ground and love the simplicity of it’s function.

What amounts to two walk-in closets in the office have become the Make-Up room – where copious amounts of paint are applied to the face just so that you don’t look like walking death under all those lights. There are a LOT of lights on set. On the other side is a “dressing room.” It’s just a garment rack for the bazillion things Susan (the hostess) has to change into with a mirror and room for your things too. There is a list of things NOT to wear on camera – notice how you almost never see stripes? Pure black and white don’t really do well either. Often what you see as a white shirt is actually a very light blue. And you need to not clash with what Susan is wearing. Or with those walls.When it’s your turn on set people swoop in and help you make everything go smoothly and look wonderful. It’s a  big room with the same set the show has used for years. I wonder where they store it for the rest of the year? They raise or lower the table, cover it or not, hang stuff behind you or not… whatever it is you need. The sound guy threads wires up your shirt, clips a thingy onto your pants in back (I learned to wear things that something can be clipped to the hard way once! He had to clip the little box remote thing to my undies while I blushed.) The mike gets clipped to your neckline somewhere where rustling cloth or jewelry won’t make noises.There are at least three (maybe four – it was dark back behind the cameras) tech people making things work in the room with you during filming. Everybody has a job but it seemed like everybody was also willing to pitch in wherever needed to help you get set up. I really loved the way the celtic knot quilts looked on set!Before you start filming a team of folks goes through the plan with you. Kathie Still, the producer is on the right. She can listen to you walk through what you’ve got set up and knows so much about this gig that she can let you know right then if you need to cut something or stretch something out with a little chatter. Vivika from Quilting Arts is in the yellow. Camera/plug-thing-like-irons-in-so-they-actually-work-when-you-need-them guy is in the back. Left is (another curse my brain can’t remember her name moment) also from QA is on the right. She takes lots of photos for marketing, monitors the monitor, and makes sure we didn’t forget stuff.

It only takes a few minutes to get a general road map of what is going to happen then everyone disappears into the control room. You can see a picture of that on this previous post.  I bring printed lists for everyone of my steps. Mostly they are for me so I don’t forget anything. Except that I always forget to put on my favorite pair of earrings. I kind of obsess about what to wear and find the perfect artistic earrings to match, then get there and forget to change earrings. Ah well. Next the cameras roll, I talk as fast as I can, Susan has to keep track of what Im doing AND listen to instructions through that invisible earpiece, and whoosh – it’s all over! Well – except when they decide something needs to change. Then they do what they call a “live edit.” They scroll back the tape to a reasonable starting point, tell you where to put your hands and your things and what you were saying, and you get a “do-over.” I seem to try to pack so much into my time that there isn’t room for Susan to chat much so she just lets me go full steam ahead and says “yes, nice, great” until it’s time to put the brakes on. I admire her ability to work that magic and help her guests look great.

So – stay tuned! I filmed four segments, two for series 2300 which begins airing on National Public Television in January 2019, and two for series 2400 which stars in June or July. Look up your local PBS station to see if it will play in your area, take a peek, and let me know what you think.







filming for quilting arts tv pt 3: the process

Before arriving both the hosts, publishers, sponsors, and producers of the TV series have a boatload of work to do. The host and publisher work together and find a good group of guests to appear. They need to find varied and interesting artists who are also willing and able to share their work onscreen.Vivika DeNegre with F+W media, Me, Susan Brubaker Knapp, hostess of QATV.

Teams of staff members help schedule all the guests, trying to fit everyone for an entire season’s filming into just under four days of filming. They have to figure out which segments will work together in which episodes. The hostess films a ton of “intros and outros” as well as small segments to fill any time gaps. The guests fly into the studio location, with all their stuff and with the help of excellent staff, get to show off their thing for the cameras.

Suzan Engler’s husband, snapping a quick shot of her onscreen from the “green room.” Another staffer watches through each filming to make sure nothing gets missed. She also takes publicity and still shots for Instagram and Quilting Arts online presence.

The current system is to film three artists per day with each guest shooting two or three different segments. The guests arrive a day early to settle and set up so they have the opportunity to meet the current day’s guests and watch as they film.

I had the great pleasure of watching Suzan Engler film several segments on digitally printed quilts. I loooooooove her work!

The filming isn’t linear so Susan Brubaker Knapp, the current hostess of QATV, has a complicated chart and photos of what to wear for each segment and is changing tops and jewelry constantly all day long. 

Look at the superstars I got to hang out with for a day! Vivika, Susan, Jane Haworth, Luana Rubin of, and Joe Cunningham. There were a couple of other artists there including the Pixeladies (Deb and Kris) and Enid Weichselbaum.

Next post I’ll walk you through set-up and prep for my segments. Feel free to ask any questions you have and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

filming for The Quilt Show in denver, co


Last week I hopped a plane and several hours later walked into a gorgeous big beautiful sky and MY mountains over there in the distance. Denver isn’t quite the same as growing up in the Salt Lake Valley with the Rocky Mountains right there in your back yard. Denver feels like it is in Kansas and the mountains are waaaaaay over there. But they are beautiful all the same. And the dry air compared to the steamy sauna that passes for summer here in NC can’t be beat.

IMG_7450I had the serious honor (well – one can never be too serious when Alex and Ricky are in the room!) of being invited back to The Quilt Show; this time to their studio rather than out on location. For those of you who missed it the first time I filmed in Charleston and Asheville. I’ll stick in a links list at the bottom of this post… I had too much fun revisiting those travels and you might enjoy them as well.

IMG_7419This was my first time on set with a “LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!!!” That was a hoot. Yes the audience is there – and it is alive and breathing. But they have to hold still and breathe quietly while actual filming is happening. And there are a bank of huge cameras between what is going on set and the people watching – so they actually only see what you are doing on the big screen TV’s that are on either side. I like to ham it up and play with people so I did a lot of pretending that I could see them.

IMG_7430It was funny that after the filming is all done, they turn the cameras around and film the audience having different responses to what happened previously on set. They would be directed to belly laugh or nod or chuckle or simply “look really attentively” at – something – usually something silly in Justin’s hand, like a marker.

IMG_7435What was just as fascinating to me was sitting in the control room for a few segments – watching various people do invisible jobs that make the show look great. There are sound and lighting engineers with ranks and ranks of buttons. A Camera engineer who watches the action and tries to keep up with which shot will best show what is going on. I’m told I move a little to quickly on camera and I tried, really I did, to slow down. Shelley, the producer watches closely to make sure everything makes sense and flows and a note taker writes as fast as she can so that they can shoot all the right pick-ups and put them in all the right places. It’s really cool to see what is going on behind the scenes to make those things all work out seamlessly as you watch the screen.

For those of you who wish to further procrastinate whatever it is you really should be doing right now….

Charleston, SC – The Angel Oak
Charleston, SC – Architecture
The Quilt Show – Magnolia Plantation History
The Quilt Show – behind the scenes at the Magnolia Plantation and Pt 2
The Quilt Show – on location at Magnolia Plantation
The Quilt Show – prep time and the art of slogging

behind the scenes: the schedule

Two weeks ahead: Make lots and lots of step-outs and samples. Write and re-write outlines and make lists.kinard_beaded_face

Saturday: Clear off design wall and accumulated detritus in studio corners. Rearrange everything on shelves in case they end up in the sight lines of the filming.

Monday: Move lots of furniture. Pick my producer, the fabulous and talented Bonnie McCaffery from the airport. Set up equipment in the studio. Sound and lighting tests. Choose backdrops for first video. Homework with kids when they come home. Make dinner. Take Bonnie to grocery store then hotel. Feel guilty for forgetting little guy’s hockey game. Stay up late gathering and organizing materials for first shoot.bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios4

Tuesday: Get up early and dither about what to wear. Iron all the options. Sound and mike check. Make-up. Shoot video. Make lunch. Shoot video. Short break. Shoot add/promo. Homework with kids, pick up kid from band practice, make dinner. Take Bonnie back to hotel. Stay up late gathering and organizing materials for second shoot.

Wednesday: Repeat – without the dithering about what to wear this time. Spent the whole day trying to shoot in between neighbors mowers and leaf blowing noise. Made great time so set up for third video which involves moving more furniture. Body aches so we catch an evening yoga class. Stay up late gathering supplies for last video.bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios1

Thursday: Repeat. Wrap by early afternoon. Feet hurt. Tired. Happy!bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios2

Friday: Very early flight out. Come home and catch up on some email. Realize I am brain dead and take a nap. Spend afternoon trying to film a couple of quick tutorials while my equipment is still set up. Madly rush to get everything cleared out and put back together before company arrives in the evening.

I think all that I’m going to put on my upcoming schedule now is SLEEP!

Behind the scenes: filming a DVD

Monday morning was all about clearing space. I haven’t seen this much of my studio floor in ages and ages!

The afternoon was all about filling it up again. The fabulously talented Bonnie McCaffery is here with lots of equipment and skill – making it work!


This is only a tiny part of the mess I made today. Just a fraction!

filming3But OH did we shoot some GREAT film today!
One down, two to go.


preparing to film: beautiful frames

For my Picture It Framed DVD I worked on quite a few pieces yesterday. New works that will be used to demonstrate different ways to mount and frame textile art. My favorite of the day was made for a floating canvas frame. I think I’m calling it “scraps” or “Ode to Mirot.”Kinard_ode_to_Mirot1

What is a canvas floater you ask? It’s a wonderful frame for a gallery wrapped canvas – the best of both worlds. You get to see the edge of the canvas and bring the artwork up a notch with a classy

I’m really glad I got started on this one ahead of time because apparently I messed up my sizing on my order and the work I intended to use the frame for is too big. Or the frame is too small. It still looks great in the frame, but it doesn’t have that fabulous gap between the frame and the edge of the canvas – or in this case the tiny quilt – that makes it appear to float. (Wow – it’a hard to photograph black frames. Trust me that in this frame there is almost no gap at all.)Kinard_more_circles

Last month I was in Grand Rapids and saw one of last years’ winners of the Art Prize at the museum. If you haven’t heard of ArtPrize I encourage you to go over to their website and take a look. It’s on my bucket list of to-do’s for sure!!! The entire city becomes a public art gallery, tourists and locals come, and a bucketload of prize money is handed out. The best part is that the public gets equal say with the fancy-schmancy-arty-juror folks. There are two 200k (you read that right) awards and one is viewers choice.Ann_loveless1

Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless

It’s a quilt. But it’s a large scale quilt, wrapped on stretcher bars and frames. Nobody will look at it and picture it on a bed when it is framed! The immediately understand it as a work of fine art.ann_loveless2And don’t misunderstand me. I think many, many bed quilts could just as well be framed and hung on the wall of any museum today. It’s just that a framed textile work is seen by most of the general public as “Art” while most people still think of quilts as something their grandma made that they use for a picnic. They don’t give grandma nearly enough credit, do they?


behind the scenes – getting ready to film

350x500.Bead-ItSomething wonderful and big is happening her in Lyric Art studios this month. In several weeks my wonderful and talented producer, Bonnie McCaffery will be here to film a couple of DVD’s. She did an amazing job with my DVD, Bead It Like You Mean It so I didn’t hesitate to bring her in when I was ready to film another.

I’ve been thinking of doing one for several years and have a number of outlines hashed out but life is always very, very busy here. It seems that with my business the only thing that forces me to get things done is a deadline – so I just called up, set a date, and viola! Deadline to be met.

Now I just need to choose which topics I’m going to cover. I’ll have time to film two DVD workshops and have three ideas. Perhaps you can give me some feedback?

I’m sure I’m going to film a Thermofax Screen Printing DVD. All the how-to of finding or creating a design, making a thermofax screen, what kinds of paints to use, print set-up, design possibilities and so on. It will be jam packed with lots and lots and lots of information.

IMG_8436I’m also thinking of filming a DVD workshop on various methods of mounting and framing textile art. I would include matting and framing, wrapping the quilt around stretcher bars, and also mounting the textile art on painted canvases. What do you think? Is there actually any interest in this? Is anyone even interested in framing or mounting their quilt art?

bead it 4x6The third option is a follow-on to the Bead-It DVD.  I would show some bead embroidery techniques, edge treatments, and a different way to create a beaded bezel.

What do you think? Granted, I sort of think that a lot of things I teach are only interesting to a very small number of people. I’m pretty much OK with that. When I self publish I’m not really worried about how fast the publication actually sells. It won’t go out of print until I’m ready to be done with it.

I would really love your feedback!



The Quilt Show: Behind the Scenes at Magnolia Plantation

is an subscription based on-line TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

TQS2TQS3They are two energetic and talented quilters and personalities. My filming day was at the end of a very long week for them. A different location and two different guests shooting three segments each day. And yet they were all full of smiles and determined to make things run as smoothly for their guests as they could. And they weren’t alone! The entire crew was a delight to work with. I tend to be really fascinated by all the tech behind a production and they were more than patient with me. Yup – I’m one of those poking my nose into all the equipment and asking too many questions or spending more time watching the special features of a movie if they include anything about how it is made.


TQS22The show usually films in front of a live studio audience in Denver, CO. Once in a while they hit the road and end up somewhere beautiful like Charleston, SC. The Magnolia Plantation was my lucky site with it’s moss covered trees, beautiful vistas and buildings. I thought I had schlepped a lot of stuff but not as much as the crew! Here you see them filming one of the introductions on site.

Luckily we also had an indoor option which we gladly took on that chilly day. Inside the conservatory we chose where to set up the set, chose what to wear, and got all wired up and listened to by the sound guy! I can’t believe I can’t remember his name. Well – considering I can’t remember my own children’s names I shouldn’t be surprised.



I filmed a total of four segments (this was one on screen printing) and I hope you love them!  We’d set up one segment then   do a quick run run through with the host and producers. Lilo is the producer in charge of everything behind the camera. Shelly – who I managed to NOT get a single picture of, is the producer in charge of what is in front of the camera.


There was also a crew of fabulous local volunteers who spent the day helping out in every way with great big smiles. They spent hours sitting quietly and waiting and watching then jumping up like a hive of bees and getting whatever necessary thing done. They ironed, washed, moved tables, held up quilts, and generally were indispensable. I think they had fun. I know I certainly did.

victoria2Victoria Findlay Wolfe was my partner in crime/fun for the trip and was a fascinating guest to hang around and watch. I got to see a lot more of how things work behind the scenes and to see more of Victoria’s beautiful work. I’ll introduce you to more of her work later. You’re going to love it.


 And at the end of a very long day – this is how everyone felt. Time to go home.

Help Me Choose….

I am going to be doing some filming next week (not sure if I can tell you what for yet – but it’s pretty amazingly cool!) And of course my first thought is – what to wear. Want to give me all the candid comments you can? I do have other choices – but these are my faves so far. (Ignore the late night goofy faces – and the wrinkles.)

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Playtime with Bonnie

What do a boatload of beads and an entire studio packed with lighting equipment, cameras, microphones and wires have to do with each other?

On your average day, not much. Last week – everything! I’ve been working very hard for several months and am so excited to tell you about my latest project. A new instructional DVD titled “Bead It Like You Mean It!” It’ll still be a few months before it’s out but we had SO much fun filming that I can’t keep it under wraps.

The lovely and VERY talented Bonnie McCaffery was an absolute pleasure to work with – who wouldn’t smile when they saw that wide grin behind the camera? She is very good at helping me to focus and get down to business – and tolerant of my tendency towards silliness as well. 
Lots of silly on this DVD. Lots of really, really, pretty things and useful information too!

We got done a whole day early so we had time to play with some really fun special effects and take a walk around the lake and play with our cameras.
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