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Thread: What happened to Liz Porter?

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    I just read my latest Fons and Porter magazine and in the back it introduced its new season. It said that Marianne and her daughter were hosting this season, not Liz. I looked online but couldn't find out why. Does anyone know what happened to Liz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stpatmom
    I just read my latest Fons and Porter magazine and in the back it introduced its new season. It said that Marianne and her daughter were hosting this season, not Liz. I looked online but couldn't find out why. Does anyone know what happened to Liz?
    Don't know anything about Liz or the magazine quote. I did see an episode with mother and daughter hosting...thought it was just a one time trip to a quilt shop in Chicago.

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    I've been wondering the same thing for the last few months. Liz has not hosted lectures, cruises, etc. if you check your older magazine ads. Hope everything is fine. She added so much to the program.

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    I saw that with this weekend broadcast too. Like you guys, I am wondering and really hate to see this show change. The daughter is just fine but the show has always been one of a more detailed program and she does not bring that to the cutting table. Everyone always welcomes beginning quilters but I hope this is just an extended vacation or something for Liz and this program change is limited to a few weeks.

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    I noticed she seemed to missing more and more. I hope all is well with her.

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    I heard that she wanted to spend more time with her family and is retiring for the moment. I don't know if this is true or not.

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    I don't know what is up with Liz but I did notice something else surprising. The show comes on here at 6:00a.m. on saturday morning so I don't always get to see it. On a recent show they introduced their new sponsor as "Baby Lock"? I was amazed or maybe I was seeing things. Anyone else see that episode?

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    I noticed the same thing. I enjoyed the both of them on the show. What has happened to the Bernina sponsorship?

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    I don't have regular tv, so I missed all these shows anyway. But I supscribe to the magazine and noticed there isn't an ad for Bernina in this last one. Hmmm.

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    It also states in the new magazine that the mom and daughter team really enjoyed learning the techniques on their new sponsor (Baby Lock) for the 1600 tv series. I agree that the daughter does not bring the appeal to the show that Liz did.
    Wondering if Mary (daughter) is for the purpose of luring the younger generations into quilting.

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    So, does that mean Nancy Zieman will switch from Baby Lock to Bernina??? And what about the F&P ads for the APQS machines?

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    I have no idea ... hope she is not ill ... or they parted ways ??

    I met them at Quilt Market in Houston about 10 yrs ago, they were so much fun to talk to, you felt like you'd known them forever
    They've been doing this for about 20 yrs, maybe she just needs a break - I know I would !

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    They are hosting a quilting cruise together too. I heard about it from a Keepsake quilting email. Whoa, does it look expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I heard that she wanted to spend more time with her family and is retiring for the moment. I don't know if this is true or not.
    I hope this is all it is, I am an optimist and would rather have her leave to spend more time with her family rather than she and Marianne parting ways. I welcome the change to Babylock. I have a viking and babylock and always felt left out of the Bernina club. Can't afford a Bernina (but would love to have one!!!)

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    I was wondering the same thing. Not a huge fan of the daughter, but its probably because I got used to Maryann and Liz together.
    As for the sponser ... nice to see someone other than Bernina. Baby Lock makes a good machine. A few of their shows were geared toward attachements that were Bernina attachments, and they failed to show alternate methods. If bernina wants a show ...call if the Bernina show .
    Maybe the change could be a good thing. There was still good information but I sometimes found their methods to be lacking in newer techinique(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    I don't know what is up with Liz but I did notice something else surprising. The show comes on here at 6:00a.m. on saturday morning so I don't always get to see it. On a recent show they introduced their new sponsor as "Baby Lock"? I was amazed or maybe I was seeing things. Anyone else see that episode?
    Do you know what station it comes on? Since I moved & have a different sattelite I can't ever find them.

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    Just found out they are on PBS Saturday mornings at 7 am here . Mom has DVR :wink: WOO HOO

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    Last year, there were a number of shows with only one of them hosting... I thought maybe it was so they could each have some more free time...
    I hope it is just for one season and then Liz comes back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I heard that she wanted to spend more time with her family and is retiring for the moment. I don't know if this is true or not.
    I just saw Marianne & her daughter, Mary. She announced that the new season, and this is the first show of the series, (Series 1500) is with her daughter. That Liz has decided to leave television and retire and spend more time with her grandchildren. I don't care for the show with her daughter, either. Maybe we need to give Mary a chance. Just have watched Liz for so long . . .. I did notice very slight change in attitute in the last season. Wondered whether there was a problem with their relationship. Probably will never know.

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    ON the Fons and Porter show this past weekend it was just Marianne and her daughter. They announced that Liz was taking some time off to be with her grandchildren. They also introduced Babylock as their new sponsor for this 1600 series of shows.

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    [quote=Shiloh]
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I did notice very slight change in attitute in the last season. Wondered whether there was a problem with their relationship. Probably will never know.
    I caught on to that too. Almost like one was 'talking over' the other or at times finishing their sentence for them.

    Don't ya think if someone was 'retiring' there would be a big wop-de-do about it? Hmmmmm
    :roll: You're right = we'll probably never know and probably shouldn't. I just hope everything is ok.

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    I also am wondering what happened to Liz. I've seen the first two shows of the new season with Marianne and Mary, and though I enjoyed them, I really miss Liz. She and Marianne had such rapport and they were so clever together. And it seemed they were such close friends. I hope Liz is well and enjoying her retirement, but sure will miss the old shows. It just isn't the same anymore. It makes me sad.

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    I had mentioned this to my husband this AM. I saw just the one show with the daughter and thought it was slow. However, we MUST give the daughter a chance. There is a lot of adjusting and learning to do on her part and I'm sure she was probably a tad scared, too. I see they are still scheduled at the same time today and that the subject here in Tennessee is using a serger for quilting.

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    I'm happy there is a show, daughter or next door neighbor doing it is fine with me! Eleanor Burns is retiring too so no new shows from her. With the young daughter learning the ropes, we have a chance of at least one show being around for much longer

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    I almost always fell asleep during the very few of their shows that I managed to remember to turn on the TV for.

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