Vintage Tablecloth Quilts…behind the scenes on The Quilt Show!

Rose Sheifer, author of the new release Vintage Tablecloth Quilts, provided some behind the scenes commentary about her appearance on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and we thought it would be fun to share with our readers!

“The show is filmed in Boulder, Colorado at Daylight Productions…a very well-equipped and professionally-staffed film studio. I was a guest for the next season’s online episodes. Since I am fairly new to quilting and never been filmed before a live audience, I must say I felt a little anxious.

Rose Sheifer on the Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims!

Photo credit to Gregory Case Photography with thanks to 'The Quilt Show'

Alex and Ricky amazed me. They film 2 shows a day for 6 days straight. When you see a final edited show it seems that the process is simple and quick. Not true. These two spend long days under extremely hot lights, cameras all around, in front of a live audience. Sometimes parts or entire portions of a segment have to be retaken. Planning and filming start at 8 a.m. and sometimes goes till 7:00 pm.  That means the audience stays put as well, and thankfully, they seem to love it. On my filming day, some of the guests came from as far away as Canada! In between segments, Alex’s husband John entertains the audience. He is so genuinely personable that the time passes quickly, even as everyone waits in a pretty hot room.

Two significant support people are Lilo Bowman, the ever-efficient production manager, and Shelly Heesacker, the extremely knowledgeable and creative producer. With all they have to do over these 6 days, you would expect them to be too busy to help me transition into my guest role. Both of these women were incredibly helpful, supportive, encouraging and funny. So were Alex and Ricky, who show no ego whatsoever. They are serious, funny, and very focused and professional. They are very gentle and light with their guests, helping to put them at ease.

My new book with C&T (along with co-author Liz Aneloski) entitled Vintage Tablecloth Quilts was featured on the show. Shelly, the producer, interviewed me weeks before filming to assess how the show would go. I have been collecting vintage tablecloths and tableware for many years and use them to entertain dinner guests. Shelly thought it would look really great to have Alex, Ricky and I around one of my table settings for the show. So…I shipped a set. Now, I have not seen the final edited show, but we had a sweet vintage table setting with lit candles and fresh flowers on the set. In the background were 6 of the 12 quilts I made for the book. It looked great.

There were 4 segments to the show. Ricky started by demonstrating a new technique of his. I won’t give it away…but it was amazing! You will have to watch it when it comes out.

Next, I was introduced as the graphic designer of over 100 quilt books, now turned quilter. We talked about how this began and how the concept of using vintage tablecloths came to be.

They showed photos of the original tablecloth before quilts were made and there were a lot of oooohs and aaaahhhs from the audience.

The next segment focused on the process of selecting a tablecloth and how to construct one of the quilts from the book—”Dogwood.”

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing

All in all, it took about 3 hours to film for a one-hour show. The producer said that that was quick, as I stuck to the script and we didn’t need retakes. The guest before me took almost 5 hours! I would have melted completely under those hot lamps.

When the filming was done, several guests from the audience told me how much they loved the idea of using tablecloths as a main feature for a quilt. They really liked how unique each quilt was using different colors and fabric choices.

To me, the funniest thing that happened was the last moment of the show. Alex turns to me and says…“Okay, Rose, now we have to do the creepy stare.” She says, “Just stare at me and smile while the camera zooms in and then fades out. If you think you are going to crack up, don’t look at me. Look at the wall behind me!” I had to look at the wall!”

Thank you, Rose for sharing your unique perspective! We can’t wait for your show to air ! Not to worry readers; we will remind you!


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  2. Rev. Wendy Peters
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Beautiful work. Different and familiar!

  3. Mosaic Magpie
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    What an honor to be featured on that great show! I can imagine they both were very down to earth and friendly, I think that is one reason I enjoy their show so much. I remember the first time I saw Ricky Tims at the quilt show in Paducha, KY, he was walking around in that cowboy hat with a big smile. Of course he had a trail of smiling quilters following him right along.
    Congratultions on your new book, I look forward to reading it…I have tons of tablecloths looking for some place to shine.

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