A while back I mentioned the freemotion quilting design known as McTavishing and suggested we do a "McTavish-a-long". Several folks commented on the post, thinking it was a great idea. So it looks like I'll set up a 'Linky' thing soon so we can share what we're doing as we go. I've got to get a few more samples worked up and such and we'll give it a go on a Monday in a few weeks.
In the meantime, watch my video above and you might want to look at Mastering the Art of McTavishing , by the master herself! While Karen is a longarm quilter, the DVD has a segment shot with someone quilting on a sewing machine also.
Well, crud! It appears her book is currently unavailable on Amazon. ......Goes rummaging through the massive piles of books and emerges an hour later...... I also have her book, The Secrets of Elemental Quilting , which shows a lot of McTavishing in the quilts featured in it.
After I stopped shooting the video, I continued the McTavishing for a while. It's really just a series of curvy echoing lines, but it sure takes pratice to get it looking just right. I think I like the part without the curly spiral parts best.
There is definitely some backtracking involved too, which really shows in this contrasting thread. Practice, practice. I can't wait to get started!
Won't you join me?
I'm linking this post up with all the other fabulous quilting folks over at Connie's Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River. Go check it out!