Sara Gallegos has been hosting Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” since the 2900 series. She brings her joy of sewing, embroidery, and especially patchwork to the show, adding a contagious sparkle and zest for all things quilting! Joined by regular guest Angela Huffman, Sara Gallegos reflects on her experience on the 3300 series, which began airing in January 2019 (check your local PBS listings). Starting with the 3400 series, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting will be recorded in its new home in Golden, Colorado. Sara answered a few questions about the last series to tape with our friends at Iowa Public Television.
What was your favorite project?
I really enjoyed the bug jars! Adding the lights to the fireflies was so much fun and such a clever idea! I really enjoyed Lightning in a Bottle with Maria McKenzie.
Which episode taught you the most?
I feel like I learn the most from the longarm episodes, like 3309 Using Panels for Practice. I typically “quilt by check” and am just waiting to have the tools and confidence to tackle a quilt myself. I keep hoping some of Angela’s talent will rub off on me. One day soon, I’m going to surprise everyone with a quilt I not only piece but quilt myself!
My favorite surprise was when Angela showed up with the ‘Flower Show’ on the episode I just mentioned, 3309! She had the Dream Big panel quilted by so many of her students and they all had different colors and motifs. It was like a flower garden on set and I so enjoyed looking around!
What are your favorite parts about appearing on the show?
There are so many things I enjoy about being on the show. When people ask me this question, I always say that the best part of joining Love of Quilting was getting to be friends with Angela. She is so talented and so kind, I admire her. I think that our fondness for each other comes through on camera. Working with the content director, Vanessa Lyman, is another favorite part for me—she gives me a challenge each season with regard to the projects I make and it has led me to step out of my box and try new things.
Like so many of our viewers, I also enjoy the tips! Sometimes, we get a little glimpse into the minds and hearts of our viewers based on the little stories and props they send in, it’s fun to be able to “interact” a bit! Honestly, there isn’t anything I don’t enjoy about hosting Love of Quilting. It was an honor to be invited to carry on the legacy of this show and from the guests, to the camera crew, to the projects… I truly enjoy all aspects of my position.
How has appearing on the show impacted you?
Appearing on the show has certainly caused me to be a more familiar face in the quilting community, and it has been fun to meet viewers who approach me at shows or have stopped into my store, Decorative Stitch. Like I mentioned before, I’ve also been challenged to teach new quilting techniques and work with different color palettes and these challenges have led me to become a better quilter. Learning new things excites me—so this has been very rewarding!
Any other fun tidbits to share?
A silly story: Last season was the final season we taped with Iowa Public Television in Des Moines. It was bittersweet tearing down the set and saying goodbye to the crew who has taught me so much about how to host a show and work with cameras, microphones, and lighting! Two seasons ago, I accidentally knocked our iron on the ground and melted the carpet! (Our eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed some leftover salt on the table from cleaning the iron…) The crew cut the melted spot out of the carpet (a very visible iron-print) and everyone signed it for me. This is such a silly memento, but so special to me.
I would really love to use this opportunity to say, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” to all of the viewers who have been so supportive and welcoming of Angela and me as we find our way hosting this beautiful show. We are quilters to the bone and the heritage of this show is not lost on us. While we do tend to be more modern and bold in fabric choices, we certainly appreciate the tradition of quilting and value the opportunity to share our passion, lessons, and lives with all of you!
Check out the show to learn the techniques, and pick up a booklet of all the marvelous patterns!