There are two parts to this post.
1. The "Cut to the Chase" section
2. The "I'd Like a Behind the Scenes Glimpse of a 'Quilt Show' Podcast Taping" section
Part 1: For the "Cut to the Chase" Folks:
The segment I taped for "The Quilt Show" is currently being aired. Normally, the podcast is only available to those with paid subscriptions. But, the nice people at "The Quilt Show" send their guests a link to share with friends and family.
The show is #1710 (Conquering Abstract Fears)...and you can watch it by clicking below:
(Note: this link is only active until November 22, 2015)
I appear in the last segment of the show, talking about my photomosaic quilts. I am lucky enough to be preceded by two extremely talented women: Libby Lehman and Lyric Kinard. Their segments are wonderfully inspiring and exciting. Feel free to share this with whomever!
Part 2: For the "I'd Like a Behind the Scenes Glimpse of a 'Quilt Show' Podcast Taping" Folks:
It didn't begin on "a dark and stormy night," but rather on a beautiful, cool sunny morning in the mountains of North Carolina.
The taping occurred at the NC Governor's "Western Residence" in beautiful Asheville. It's rather lodge-like...very cozy and comfortable, not pretentious or over-the-top lavish (as a NC taxpayer, I was relieved). It's used by the Governor as a retreat and rented out for functions at other times.
|Governor's Western Residence: Outside View|
|Inside the Residence: Alex Anderson and Lilo Bowman (Logistics Manager for The Quilt Show)|
On scene were hosts Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, producer Shelly Heesacker, logistics manager Lilo Bowman, Quilt Show photographer Greg Chase, and Alex's husband John (who manages and coordinates the Quilt Show's business and technology tasks). The studio film crew didn't travel to North Carolina...so there were three local stringers doing sound and videography.
Ricky Tims arrived with his new drone and tried it out in the clearing behind the residence to get some aerial shots of the home. Not surprisingly, he got plenty of "boys-with-their-toys" ribbing about it.
|"Official" Quilt Show Drone piloted by Ricky Tims|
Taping for our episode took place on the patio...with Lyric leading the way:
|l to r: Shelly Heesacker (producer), Alex Anderson, Lyric Kinard - setting up for Lyric's segments|
|Lyric with her quilts on the patio|
|Camera and sound crews set up on the patio; Alex Anderson in foreground|
Those who know Lyric won't be surprised by her terrific segments. She's a wonderful teacher, with lots of experience on camera...and it shows.
And then my turn....
|My photomosaic quilts set up for taping|
|A reminder for the hosts: the guest's name and the gist of the interview taped to video equipment|
|Talking about my upcoming segment with Ricky Tims|
1. No taping is without its challenges...
At 8:00 AM, the setting on the patio was idyllic: cool temperature, lush greenery; birds chirping in the background, leaves rustling in the breeze .
By 10:00, a different story: still air, hot and muggy (plus heat from the lights); the whir of leaf blowers and the screeching of chainsaws.
We stopped multiple times to wait for a pause in leaf blowing or to reshoot a section drowned out by the chainsaws. And we also stopped for little "blotting" sessions. (confession: I turn red and "glow" on my face when I get hot...so those pauses were mostly mine; I gave up on my hair...which began to look poodle-like.)
2. It's all about the people...and they were warm, welcoming, and wonderful. What you see on air with Alex and Ricky is exactly how they come across in person.
A quick story: I followed Lyric's very professional taping and felt a little nervous as Ricky and I were about to start mine. I turned to him and joked "Well, now it's time for amateur night at the Roxy." He turned to me, looked me straight in the eye and pointed to himself, "If you look like an amateur, then it's my fault...just follow my lead and you'll do great." What a gracious thing to say.
3. When I was first approached about doing the segment, I had long conversations with the show's extraordinary producer, Shelly Heesacker. At one point she asked me this: "What would YOU like to get out of this...do you want to do more trunk shows and lectures, have more commissions?"
I gave it a lot of thought. Trunk shows, lecture gigs, and commissions would certainly be lovely. However, what I REALLY wanted was the adventure of being on the show, getting my own behind the scenes view of the people and the process, and having some good stories to remember and tell.
|Alex, Debbie, and Ricky: It was a wonderful adventure|