Books on Monday: Mastering the Art of McTavishing

Today we are looking at Mastering the Art of McTavishing: 2nd Edition, Expanded & Revised by Karen McTavish. Yes, that is an Amazon Affiliate or Associate (or whatever we’re called these days) link below this intro.

For full disclosure, Nonnie reviewed this back in June, 2014. At the time I thought that, although I like the look of McTavishing, I would probably never do it because machine quilting and I do not get along well. So I decided to take a pass on this particular book. “What changed your mind?” you ask. To be honest, I’m not totally sure. Maybe my aching hands had something to do with it, but maybe not. I really can’t say. I just know that one day in late December I ended up ordering a few books from Amazon and this was one of them. And I agree with Nonnie!

I have not tried anything in this book yet, nor have I watched the DVDs. But I have been inspired. I am impressed with Karen McTavish’s instructions and the encouragement to name our versions of McTavishing after ourselves. I was extremely impressed with all the pictures of examples of McTavishing. But, I must confess, the thing that really made me happy I had purchased this book, was the example of hand quilted McTavishing. I actually picture myself doing that before I picture myself doing it by machine.

 So, some book statistics. First, there are two DVDs included. One is the original DVD included in the first edition and the other is one recorded especially for this edition. The sections of the book are:

  • Introduction
  • Basic McTavishing
  • McTavishing on a Sit-Down (Domestic) Machine
  • McTavishing Appliqué Quilts (contains a gallery of McTavished quilts)
  • McTavishing Wholecloth Quilts (contains a gallery)
  • McTavishing Pieced Quilts (contains a gallery)
  • McTavishing Modern Quilts (yep, contains a gallery)
  • McTavishing Art Quilts and Apparel (and, yes, a gallery)
  • McTavishing Background Fillers
  • Resources

So, yes, I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the quilting part of quilting.

Quilt on!

2 thoughts on “Books on Monday: Mastering the Art of McTavishing

  1. THANKS FOR THE NOD… I use McTavishing often as a background filler…. I however would not call it NONNIEing – — sound pretentious and no one would no what I am talking about… My McTavishing never looks good when I start the project so I do it in inconspicuous areas … that said by the end of the project I think it looks pretty good. When I get in the rhythm going my McTavishing looks pretty impressive if I do say so myself. I love the hum of my sewing machine and I think I have come to like FMQ more than I do the piecing and making the tops I need to do the FMQ on.

    Keep up the practicing …. if you can do both FMQ and hand quilting you can pick your projects to use either technique. I learned to FMQ as self defense because I can not and DO NOT hand quilt … hated trying it..

    Happy Quilting


  2. I also bought the book based on Nonnie’s recomendation. I’ve looked at it briefly and tried drawing out the technique. It hasn’t clicked in my brain yet.

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