Monday, March 31, 2014

McTavishing Monday #5: A Free Motion Link Party

Today's post is the last of the McTavishing Monday series. I will continue with these link parties each Monday as "Free Motion Monday Quilt-along"


I finished my McTavishing sampler and shot another video. Yes, another video. On McTavishing. Is that overkill?


I did this McTavishing a bit different by making it smaller. I started off with the big swooshy lines at the same scale I had been doing, but then filled in with "micro-mctavishing".



Now I can add the sampler to my pile of "needs to be bound" projects. It will be part of my FMQ classes from now on.


All the quilting done in my favorite Glide thread.




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I'm also giving my Free Motion Quilting Reference Guide to 3 folks who left comments that indicated they were beginners at FMQ.


This is a handout I created for my classes on free motion quilting. It's laminated and the back side is mostly blank so you can doodle designs on it with a dry-erase marker. It's a list of tips and ideas for FMQ that is easy to keep right at your machine. It's still a work in progress so I'd appreciate some feedback from those who get it.


If you've been wondering if we'll ever get to Spring, you'll enjoy our new design. I wanted to do something  that is approachable for both beginners and those that are more advanced. So let's explore ways to make flowers that work well as a filler and also as an all-over design.



I've got a few other ideas and possible giveaways to coordinate with the other designs that I mentioned last week. So a little extra time to plan that will be needed.

So next week I'll post a tutorial on the design and some examples. Then you'll have a week to link up, if you wish, with drawings or your own quilted versions.

I hope you've had a chance to do some McTavishing this week and are ready to link up your post featuring your work on this great design. Feel free to post a drawing if you are new to this design: drawing the design really helps! Post a sample piece or even a finished work. Treat last week as a base line and see if you've improved!

If this is your first McTavishing Monday, you can find the first of this series at Week One.

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27 comments:

  1. Very nice Amy...congrats to your winners. I am going to keep practicing and following along with your designs here in all this snow in Canada. I so want spring....lol

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    1. I’m so glad you are joining us! I had thought Spring was here and then we got 8 inches of snow this past week! For southern Virginia, that nearly unheard of! We’ll get flowers one way or another, even if we have to quilt them!

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  2. congratulations to the winners. Flower fillers are a good next choice!

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    1. Oh good! I’m glad you like the choice.

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  3. Congratulations to all the winners!
    Love the new pattern with the flowers, i am eager to learn this!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  4. I came late to your blog and the McTavishing series, but I've really enjoyed it. The videos are especially helpful. Thanks!

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  5. I've been loving your focus on McTavishing, and your style of quilting it. It's a favourite of mine, it just took me too long to join in here!

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    1. Well, I am very happy you’ve joined in!

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  6. WooHoo I won! I never win anything & have really wanted to try Glide! Thankyou! But more importantly, thank you for this Quilt Along. It's been perfect for me to juice up a consistent practice exercise and this was a challenge for me to figure out how to get my curves smooth. Your videos are going to become a frequent reference. They were great for me as I gave up trying to do it like a zentangle & decided I wasn't ready for that yet. My curves came this past week as I watched your technique. Well I look forward to this next exercise. Thank you again for starting this Quilt Along. It's very fun!

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    1. It’s sure good to be a quilter today, isn’t it? I’ll be in touch soon! I’m glad you’ve found my posts and videos helpful. It’s good to know that it’s time well spent to create this stuff.

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  7. I just found your blog recently and am looking forward to some quilting adventures with you :-) I'm excited to play with the McTavishing - am the new month's fun!

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  8. Congratulations to all the winners! I have loved learning McTavishing with you. I am looking forward to the new flower filler. Can't wait! Thanks for all you do!

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  9. Thanks for the linky party Amy. I wasn't able to join the McTavishing linky party the last two weeks, but I an encouraged and will continue to practice.

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    1. I’ve been very glad to have you join us when you can!

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  10. Thanks, Amy, for your blog and all your videos. I'll admit that I'm a bit disappointed that the McTavishing series is over - it's been fun. I will be looking forward to that flower design - it's one I really like and would love to feel confident about.

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    1. Well, we might have to have a ‘McTavishing review’ at some point so we can all share any new McTavishing work! Thanks for reading, watching and commenting.

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  11. I'm really loving these posts. I'm VERY new to FMQ. Done a bit but have realized i need some classes/tutorials to help me progress. Please keep up with the videos. They are DEFINITELY not overkill! Lovely work Amy!

    Tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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    1. Thanks so much! "They" say folks want short youtube videos, but I'm glad that quilters like what I'm doing. It's so fun to share my quilting adventures.

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  12. I have really enjoyed this stitch along....my stitching of this design has come along so well by practicing each week...my little quilt is almost finished and I can see so much improvement just from the quilt alone...I have several finished projects that I did not expect to at the beginning...thank you for all the time and effort you have put into the videos and providing a linky for all of us to be encouraged and to encourage others in the process....I am looking forward to the new stitch patterns in the coming Mondays...and I can hardly wait to try this thread as I have not used it before and am looking forward to trying it...

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    1. I am so glad that you’ve enjoyed my postings so much and I appreciate hearing from you! Thank you. The blog helps ME get more done too!

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  13. WOOO HOOO! I'm a winner!!!! Thank you so much. I've heard so many good things about Glide thread and have been anxious to try it out.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the McTavishing series, and especially watching your videos. I'll be watching the next series too!
    Lin
    linsquilts.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank you so much for all you taught us during March. I need sooo much practice and don't know that I will ever master FM quilting but I sure am enjoying the practice time that I do get in. Thanks for selecting me for one of your FM quilting guide sheets. I know it will be a hugh hep to me. This quilt along has been fun. Thanks for hosting it.

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    1. You get better every time you practice. I promise!

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