Saturday is the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. It’s a big deal for us anglophiles. One of the speculations is whether or not she will wear a tiara and which one. Will she wear the one Princess Diana wore?
That reminded me of the evening my friends crowned me HGTV’s Queen of Treadles. Alas, it was a plastic tiara. That was 14 years ago!
January 12, 2004 was my 17 minutes of fame to appear on HGTV’s Simply Quilts Show with Alex Anderson. In 2002 I had gone to Burbank for the filming of the show. Hubby and I loaded three treadle sewing machines in the van to take for three segments of the show, wheels turn slowly in show biz.
The day the show aired early in the morning was also the day that my quilting friends came to show and tell and maybe sew. I called our group the Captive Treadlers because if anyone wanted to sew there were only treadle sewing machines to use.
Usually they would start arriving at 6:45. At 7 p.m. I commented to hubby that nobody had arrived. Then the doorbell rang. They poured in like they were going to an Oscar night, all gussied up! Some wore heels, fur, feather boas, sunglasses, cleavage, jewelry, lame fabric, the works. They rolled out the red carpet for me, red paper with a big star for the walk of fame. They presented me with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a big balloon bouquet. Then they slipped a ribbon sash on me that said HGTV’s Queen of Treadles, placed the tiara on my head and gave me matching earrings. In the photo I am pressing my hand into a tray of clay for my sidewalk hand print. They thought of everything! My hubby opened two bottles of champagne for us to celebrate. Left to right my friends are, Sue, Connie P., Connie M., Sheryl, Rauna, and LouVina. What a memorable night!
This is the Simply Quilts Show studio and crew arranging the last of the three treadles on stage. Alex Anderson is on the left.
Here we were waiting for directions to film the last segment of the show on Bertha, the 1889 Singer. I was not allowed to use the machine brand names so I used their nicknames. On her lap, Alex has the quilt wall hanging I made for the show. On this machine I demonstrated the ruffler attachment to make ruffles for the fan blocks.The show aired a few times on HGTV and DIY networks. The Simply Quilts Show ran for eleven seasons.
Time slips away, that was before I went to my natural hair color, now gray. Ahhh, freedom!
Soon the royal wedding will also be memories. I wish Harry and Mehgan many happy years together.