What is the atmosphere behind the scenes at the taping of Quilting Arts TV… the long-running Public Broadcasting television show and video series dedicated to art quilting?
Imagine a studio set for learning, with room for hanging quilts, dyeing fabric, and sewing projects – small and big – on brand new Bernina machines. The set is draped with fresh artist-dyed fabrics and with the newest prints from our favorite manufacturers. Four cameras hang at awkward angles, ready to capture the guests in the act of creating unique artwork. A makeup artist is at the ready to prep, powder, and primp, and a team of dedicated camera operators, editors, producers, and support staff are prepared for every opportunity to ‘make the magic happen’.
Then populate that studio with world-class art quilters from near and far… and you’ve got the perfect combination of preparation, perspiration, and inspiration that makes this show a winner.
We’ve just put the finishing touches on Series 2100, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Once again, host Susan Brubaker Knapp has gathered cutting-edge artists together for a stellar show. From innovative digital designs, to mixed-media art quilts, to improvisational patchwork, this series is brimming with inspiration. Susan’s guests are the best-of-the-best!
Some of this season’s highlights include:
Ice dyed Itajime shibori fabric with Cindy Lohbeck. Cindy’s fabrics were gorgeous, and after the shoot we had to find a place dry them: this is the most unique drying rack I’ve seen!
Maggie Vanderweit traveled from Toronto to appear on the show, and brought several examples of bundled fabric that were unwrapped on the show. Rust, leaves, and rubber bands leave amazing patterns on cloth!
Luana Rubin’s presentation on digitally printed commercial fabrics answered many of the questions I’ve heard about these amazing textiles. I can’t wait to use them in my own art quilts.
Mixed-media art quilts, mosaic portraits, and massive gemstone quilts… who could ask for more?
The best part about the series, however, is sharing it with our viewers! I love the excitement as our guests post on social media about their experiences, and our viewers get to see the big reveal of the projects online. After more than 10 years of Quilting Arts TV, this is always exciting!
A special thank you to our sponsors: Bernina of America, eQuilter.com, and FreeSpirit Fabrics for their continued support!