Can you believe it? I’ve been to Loveland, Colorado, taped a Quilting Arts DVD Workshop, come home (exhausted but elated) and I can still barely believe it. Yes, I have been “on the set” filming this week. Due out in September as both a download and as an actual DVD (which is wonderful for us who live in the boonies with glacial internet), the working title is “Fused Collage and Thread-Coloring,” a Quilting Arts Workshop from Interweave Press!
The project I used for the workshop is my Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic quilt (No. 1) [there will be 3 versions before I'm done], but the workshop is to teach you how to use your own photo to make an art quilt:
My trip to the airport was an omen–a good one–for how the trip was about to go. I mean, look at the beginnings of sunrise as I crossed the driveway to the garage!
It got even more dramatic just over the ridge heading to the coast, at the intersection of Route 105 (the Camden Road) and High Street in Hope:
And ten minutes down the coast in Rockland:
I flew Cape Air (maximum of 9 passengers) to Boston, then JetBlue (for the first but not the last time!) to Denver, where I caught the shuttle to Loveland directly to the Interweave studio where I met Helen Gregory and the filming crew. There we set up my materials, hung the quilts, and went over my plans for filming the next day. Congrats to Helen on her promotion to Vice President for Content, Interweave and Martha Pullen, and upcoming move to Colorado!
And boy did I prep. I had about a month (shorter than usual I think) between my contract and filming date, so I pretty much did nothing but make step-outs, more step-outs, refine, video (to get used to talking to a camera and to time myself), cut/edit, cut/edit/shorten more, etc. For a month. Non-stop.
Interweave has a make-up artist come do you up for camera, as there are special products that make you look right on camera under all those bright lights. I shoulda shot a picture of me sitting at the table looking at the room…it was FULL of big tripods, cameras, and cables and cords EVERYWHERE. Miraculously, I did not trip and break anything or anyone!
Then it was time to get changed and start taping. Then we mostly forgot to take still pictures! But here are some….
I never saw this view, but either Helen or Lauren kindly took this photo for me, which shows the jib camera shot of the table with my project and quilts on it:
Then it was time to go home. Early.
I’ll spare you the tedium of a crowded plane from Denver to Philadelphia, a smaller more crowded plane from Philly to Boston, the utter hopelessness of Logan Airport (UGH UGH UGH), but flying home on Cape Air is always fun. As we approach the mid-coast, first I’ll spot the Camden Hills:
As you near Dragon Cement, we turn right and head for Owl’s Head (Knox County, RKD) airport. The lights of home!
Travel was the usual crowded insanity and waiting, but I was home 16 hours later to son, hubby, cats and dog. Two of the seven are here:
In the past month, I’ve not only prepped this, but THREE articles (more on them when they are close to being published), have a quilt to make in a week, another article to write, then teaching in North Carolina in June and southern California in July, then a quilt to make by August 5. Then I can collapse a few weeks before school begins (how will Eli be a SOPHOMORE already?) and fall teaching in Massachusetts and at International Quilt Festival in Houston. So I HOPE to blog more often, but at this rate can’t promise. I have so much to catch you all up on, pictures from teaching in Florida, Vermont, and Mass….but must be mom, wife, and author first. Stay tuned!