Friday, January 11, 2013

my Creativebug workshops

I can't believe it's been about a month since I was in San Francisco filming my workshops for Creativebug. It was a whirlwind trip, and so much fun, and I'm still pinching myself that I was asked to be part of such an amazing group of people.

In case you're not familiar with Creativebug, it is a website full of amazing online workshops by incredible artists and designers. Viewers can subscribe on a month-to-month basis and have access to the entire library of video workshops. That means you can watch anything you'd like, whenever you'd like, and new workshops are released every week. There are so many categories, from apothecary to bookbinding to embroidery to knitting, and I'm incredibly honored to be kicking off their quilting category. The folks at Creativebug recently released this inspirational vido that tells a little more about their back story. 

Aren't they incredible?! I really love everything about them, from the people who run the company to the workshops that are offered, to how they are filmed and the music that is used in them, and everything in between.

As I said, it was quite a whirlwind to get everything for my classes finished in time for the shoot, but we did it! And I spent a good part of one week during December in this studio.

For most of the time that I was in there, this was my view.

And this was my work table, complete with a stash of step-outs below. That shot was from when I was filming my Mod Strips quilt workshop.

And although I was in San Francisco, I did kind of feel like I was in Hollywood, with all of the lights and cameras on me.

It was honestly a little surreal to see my name on the marker. And even after four days of shooting, it still felt a bit unnatural to speak directly to a camera, but Courtney, Darryl, Pierre, Ava, Kelly, Jeanne, Julie, Fernando, Debra, and everyone else at Creativebug made me feel welcome and totally at home. 

Courtney is not only an amazing artist, but she also kept me on track during all of the stops and starts of the shooting. I couldn't have asked for a better coach. 

When I said I was speaking to the camera, I was actually speaking to Darryl who was holding the A camera. 

Pierre directed my workshops and filmed the B camera, which acted sort of like my eyes, so he was focused on getting the shots of everything as I saw it. I have filmed some other television programs before, but working with Darryl and Pierre was a totally different experience. It was clear that I was working with filmmakers, not just cameramen. I'm so excited to see how everything turns out, and I have no doubt that it will all be absolutely beautiful. 

Of course, part of the beauty of the shoot is from the gorgeous set that I filmed in. Courtney and Ava arranged my quilts, plus some sketches from my notebook, along with lots of other cool things in the background. 

Here was my view on another day of filming, while we were working on my Diamonds in the Sky quilt workshop.

And I loved these vintage ladders, which are displaying step-outs from my Mod Stripes quilt and my jelly roll rainbow stripes quilt.

I brought some old favorites to the studio too, like my Yield quilt above, and my red and aqua wonky cross quilt below.

My workshops will start running in February on Creativebug. I designed three new quilt patterns, Rainbow Jelly Roll, Mod Stripes, and Diamonds in the Sky, and I'll show you how to make them from start to finish in each class. I also filmed a workshop on precut fabrics and shared some ideas on what you can make with them. I'll let you know as soon as they are ready to view!

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