What a crazy, fantastic month! I just got back from Golden, Colorado where we recorded the national PBS show Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 4000 series. I always have a wonderful time with Sara Gallegos as we share some amazing quilts, phenomenal tips and a few laughs along the way.
This time you’ll never believe what the hardest part for me was but it happened on day one of taping the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 4000th series. The line I was supposed to say on camera was, “You are watching the 4000 series of Love of Quilting.” I tried and tried but COULD. NOT. DO. IT! There are a handful of words I’m not capable of saying. I had no idea 4000th was one of them! So, Sara came to my rescue and said the line instead. I’m not sure what my hangup was. By the way, the other word I can’t say is “Umbilical.” Thankfully that word does’t come up in common conversations. HA!
I want to take a moment and share my TV nails with you. Are they not the CUTEST! I get them done when I get to Colorado and this time I was over the moon with the skills of my nail tech. ADORBS! Every time I look at them it makes me smile. Having blue nails was a bit of a first for me but I’m in LOVE.
Take a Peek at the Quilts from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 4000 series
I’m also in love with all the beautiful quilts we have in this season to share with you. If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be Bluegrass Jamboree. Wait until you see the shortcut method I found to make the two main blocks at once! Typically they would be paper pieced but my good friend Melanie and I figured out how to make it from strip sets so they can be traditionally pieced! Woot!
I think you’ll also love my table runner pattern- Scoops by the Seaside. It is adorned by Party Points! Yep. Not prairie points- PARTY POINTS! Wait until you see them. They are lined with a contrasting fabric and really add an incredible touch to the table runner. Plus we go through a different way to finish a quilt’s edges. In this case, we faced it.
And, take a look at that show stopper of a quilt hanging behind us. That one is Sara’s and it looks like it glows, right? I was so intrigued with all the different types of fabrics she used from flannel to chambray. I’ve never worked with chambray. Have you? It is a bit more fussy as it ravels a bit when piecing but it looked beautiful in her quilt.
Of course, my favorite day of taping the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 4000 series is the day we play with the APQS Millie on set with Quilt Path. One of the quilts we feature in the series is Feather Love. I used one column of this quilt as a table runner and on the show we played with feather plumes. On the show we talk about curls, twisted ribbons, hooks, and variations of all the above. Plus, at the end we sat back and let the Quilt Path computer system take over and quilt the outside feather border for us. Fantastic!
The Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 4000 series should start airing across the country in late summer. Once the editor is done with her magic the shows will also be available for watching online with a Love of Quilting Subscription here!