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.

review: surface design essentials DVD by Sue Reno

I truly enjoy seeing the various publications about Surface Design that come out. Even though I feel fairly knowledgeable about most techniques – especially the ones I use often like Thermofax Screen Printing – there is always something new to learn. Always. I also find it fascinating to watch someone else’s process – everyone does things just a little bit differently.Surface Design Essentials for the Printed Quilt[3]


Sue Reno recently made a wonderful DVD for Quilting Arts called Surface Design Essentials for the Printed Quilt. She actually uses a few techniques that I have never used such as cyanotype printing a process that’s been around since 1842. Sue uses pretreated fabric, lightly presses natural materials (plants, flowers, leaves, etc) and the two together with a little sunlight make magic.

SueReno_TheOrganicLandscapeDetail1[3]The process looks fascinating and I’ve always loved Sue’s work The limitation is that your end product is limited to blue background and white cloth although you can change the blue to brown by washing the fabric with phosphate containing detergents. Is that cool or what!? I haven’t had time to play with it yet but let me tell you – it’s on my list now!SueReno_TheOrganicLandscapeDetail4[3]

Sue also demonstrates some wonderful heliographic printing but lets you know that you can use a heat source (she sometimes uses her wood stove in the winter) or the sun to make beautiful negative prints. She makes me want to plant a plume poppy. You’ll have to watch the video to find out why. Except that I’ll tell you she calls it a “great big adorable thug”. I love anthropomorphized plants! Even thuggish ones. Yes – another technique to play with has been added to my list.

And then of course Sue also talks about thermofax screen printing. I admire that she carefully pins down each piece of cloth and the screen as well before she prints. If I were that careful I’d probably get cleaner prints right? She uses taped screens (no frame) with a foam brush instead of a squeegee and gets great results. I love the way she combines photographic prints with a screen print of the same image.SueReno_WattShand9[3]

I always love it when there is a chapter that shows the artists design process where she uses her printed cloth in finished artwork. Sue has a plethora of really lovely works that she shows and explains, even down to the quilting. And gotta say – I love her quilting. That’s the step I always sort of dread but she gave me some good ideas about how to think about it.

Sue’s Quilting Arts Workshop, “Surface Design Essentials for the Printed Quilt”
is now available as both a DVD ($24.99)
or a digital download ($19.99)
from the Quilting Daily Shop

If you want to read more about the DVD each of these talented artists has also posted a review and I encourage you to check them out!

11/5/14: Sue Reno

11/6/14: Susan Brubaker Knapp

11/7/14: Allie Aller

11/8/14: Diane Doran

11/9/14: Vivien Zepf

11/10/14: Virginia Spiegel

11/11/14: Cynthia St. Charles

11/12/14: Natalya Aikens

11/13/14: Lyric Kinard

Quilting Arts Holiday Magazine Blog Hop


Many of the contributors to the QA Holiday magazine are participating in a celebratory blog hop. Visit each blog on the day specified and join in the fun! 
QAHol14 cover

Friday, September 12, Vivika Hansen DeNegre,

Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard,

Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson,

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin, and Kathy Kerstetter,

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller,

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa,, and Liz Kettle,

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp,

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin,

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith,

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford,

published! quilting arts holiday magazine

QAHol14 cover

Take a peek at the new HOLIDAY magazine by Quilting Arts.
(it used to be called GIFTS)

7762.QA-Holiday_QA5-135I have a sweet little thermofax screen printed and beaded snowflake project. You’ll hear more about that in a bit.

quilting arts TV blog hop

Welcome to the Quilting Arts TV Blog Hop! We are celebrating the start of series 1400 with a little bit of fun from most of the guests for the season. I hope you’ve had the chance to stop by lots of the other blogs to see what everyone is up to.


This wasn’t my first time filming for the show so it was much more relaxed, knowing what to expect before I got there. The exciting part was to come in at the end of a long week of filming and watch the shows new hostess, my friend Susan Brubaker Knapp, just soaring. It’s an incredibly difficult job and she was a natural at it! (Yes, I miss Pokey, but she has other exciting things up her sleeve my friends – just you wait!!!) Don’t you love how Susan and I could be sisters? We kind of feel like we are… oh and here is some great news. We will be teaching a retreat together again next year! If you want to know more as information becomes available sign up for my newsletter. (There is a sign-up box up there on the right.)


IMG_8492Another wonderfully fun thing is to walk into the studio and see FRIENDS! Sarah Ann Smith and Jane Sassaman filmed on the same day I did.

They film the entire season (plus a few episodes for series 15) in one week. That’s a lot of people in and out of the studio. That’s also a LOT of wardrobe changes for the hostess. They film according to when the guests can get there, not linearly, so Susan actually has a chart with pictures and notes (make sure you have the right jewelry with the right blouse) and she has to run and change between most segments. 


Do I look a little shell shocked here? Who knows what I was doing…. probably listening to the producer, or talking. My hands are never still when I’m talking. If you want a little peek at what I’ll be showing look for Episode 1402, Groovy Gifts. I’ll be constructing a sweet little sketchbook cover. What you don’t see in this picture is that I had a stack of “step-outs.” Those are the same project repeated in various stages of completion so that you can do that magic oven thing. You know where they put the ingredients in the pan in the oven and immediately pull out the finished product?


It’s a good thing I really like the project as I have about 8 of the finished covers now.
(you know you do!)
I’m going to give away one of the finished sketchbooks to one of YOU!

You need to leave a comment HERE telling me what and who you want to see on QATV.

I’ll pick a winner on Saturday morning – so please make sure to leave me a way to contact you.

Lyric_Art_SketchbooksAnd in case you just can’t wait
I’ve listed three of the other finished sketchbooks in my Etsy shop
available for you to purchase. 

And make sure to check out the following links for the blog hop!

July 18: Vivika DeNegre at

July 19: Luana Rubin ( Friedman (

July 20: Sarah Ann Smith ( Gloeggler (

July 21: Carrie Bloomston ( Cath
erine Redford (

July 22: Sue Reno ( Rebekah Meier (

July 23: Lyric Kinard ( / Margie Ullery (

July 24: Cheryl Sleboda ( / Jane Sassaman ( Julie Creus (

July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (

You can buy the DVD set here if you just can’t wait for every episode to air!

Quilting Arts TV Blog Hop

In celebration of QUILTING ARTS TV new season with a brand new hostess, the lovely and talented Susan Brubaker Knapp, we are having a blog hop.

1509989_10202438954394093_1484492068_nFind your inner artist and creativity as you pop on over to each link and get a preview of what is coming up this season.

July 18: Vivika DeNegre at

July 19: Luana Rubin ( Friedman (

July 20: Sarah Ann Smith ( Gloeggler (

July 21: Carrie Bloomston ( Catherine Redford (

July 22: Sue Reno ( Rebekah Meier (

July 23: Lyric Kinard ( / Margie Ullery (

July 24: Cheryl Sleboda ( / Jane Sassaman (

July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (

(I’ll be giving away something FUN on my day, so make sure to stop by on the 23rd!)

Quilting Arts Gifts!

Have you seen it yet?
This year’s issue of
 Quilting Arts Gifts
is on the news stands now. Wait – is there still such a thing as a news stand?

Nevermind – you can get your copy here.
I have a lovely little project included – showing you how to make a silk art scarf with a beaded fringe. Let me know if you like it. And – there is also an advertisement for my DVD, Bead It Like You Mean It with as special price for QA readers.

You might also like some of the tutorials here on this blog – check them out under the link up there under the header. It says “tutorials.”

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