Earlier this summer, I did something that I truly was not comfortable with.
In the weeks leading up to it, I prepared and practiced for it, but days before the actual event I was bundle of nerves. I stretched beyond what was in my comfort zone and when it was over, it felt great. The experience reminded me of the importance of doing the “scary” things and how they can open you up to new ways of thinking and possible new opportunities.
What was my “big stretch”?
Fresh Quilting is a new public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) and KS Productions. In each episode designers give a fresh twist on traditional designs and share quilting techniques. Viewers learn design concepts and techniques they can use to create their own quilt designs. Each episode also includes a segment on community sewing with tips from MQG members and leaders. Click here to see if your local PBS is airing Fresh Quilting or if you’re a Modern Quilt Guild member, you can stream episodes for free. You can also purchase both seasons on DVD.
I have experience teaching in person and being interviewed on television, but I’ve never taught on camera. While the experience was time consuming (segment planning, script writing, prep work, travel) and there were some minor panic attacks along the way, I would do it again in a heartbeat. As soon as filming was complete, I was on a natural high. I love sharing my skills and these segments will reach a broad audience. I also had a really great time working with the producers, KS Productions and meeting a number of other talented designers and quilters who were in the studio at the same time as me.
Check out photos from behind the scenes and the video for my segment that will be included in Season 2:
Check out the segment below. I hope you’re inspired to make your own Hawaiian inspired quilt. Want to learn more about this technique?
Take one of my Hawaiian Applique Made Modern workshops.
Watch my segment—
Designing your own Hawaiian inspired patterns
As seen on Fresh Quilting Public Television Show
Watch my segment—
How to Needle Turn Applique