Free Motion Quilting Design: McTavishing with a Twist

I've been doing more of my favorite free motion quilting design, McTavishing. Inspired by Karen McTavish's release of the 2nd edition of Mastering the Art of McTavishing, I've been trying my hand at a scroll-based form of McTavishing as shown on the second DVD included with the book.

free motion quilting Scroll McTavishing

I shot a video of my progress with this design, but I need to work on it. I found myself going so fast and in a rush. I would like to pick up speed as I quilt, but not get too sloppy while doing it.

I love how it starts with the basic scroll shape worked all over the area instead of using the regular McTavishing registration lines. This seems to help distribute the scroll shapes more evenly than working from one side of the area and filling each scroll as you go.

I want to be able to do my C's better. Karen is so good at this! I'd also like to include a few of the regular S shapes of the regular McTavishing. Practice, practice, practice!

Now the winner of my copy of Karen's Mastering the Art of McTavishing..... I had 120 comments on the giveaway post. I had my lovely Leah choose a number between 0 and 120 and the winner is Bonnie58! I've sent her an email notification already.

For those new readers, I did a whole series of posts on McTavishing as my first Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures Series.


  1. I so agree that the addition of the 'scrolls' allow for a more even distribution rather than sticking strictly to registration lines. My "challenge" from last May is my attempt at what worked for me utilizing both ideas. See here: You are right, though, it all takes repetition so that each one's personality comes through in the stitching. There are as many different "versions"/variations as there are stitchers doing it!!! That's why I so love this whole "quilting thing"!!!!! I really like your version,'s "you". Hugs............

  2. Thanks so much Amy . I've been following your blog for a while, thoroughly enjoyed your McTavishing section and had made up my mind to order Karen;s new book. i just hadn't gotten around to it yet. This is wonderful. Quilters are so generous.

  3. Hi Amy! Love your videos! They are so inspiring and I think your speed is just perfect and so consistently steady which is something I am trying to work on. I remind myself all the time, it's not a race, it's about the journey. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Another great video Amy! Thanks so much for the demo! And congrats to lucky Bonnie58.

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