Thursday, February 21, 2013

Can You McTavish?

Mastering the Art of McTavishing – by Karen McTavish

96 pages
Footnotes/Endnotes: No
Illustrations: A plethora thereof
Suitable for eReaders: Yes (IF it's a tablet with good resolution and color)
5 Stars
NOTE: This book also comes with a 90 minute DVD

If you are a quilter, have watched any of the TV shows on quilting, you have undoubtedly come across at least a few episodes that had Karen McTavish as a guest. She has invented a new way of freehand quilting that is gorgeous, fluid, and gives movement to quilts.

There is a lot of information in the book, though not much in the step by step method, that is contained in the DVD, which I have yet to sit and watch.

Karen McTavish has several books out, and I think anyone who quilts would enjoy any of the books, and eventually possibly want them all. I know I do. Her method of quilting will turn any quilt into an art quilt.

Although the book is thin in pages, it is full of photos and information. 

22 Feb 13
I watched the DVD that came with the book, and it shows her doing the stitching that the book shows stills of. (Can I make that any more convoluted?) She interviews two women, one a hand quilter, and one who uses her domestic (sewing) machine, and both demonstrate the ease of doing McTavishing in their chosen method.

If you like to quilt, get this book. Read it, watch the DVD, and get out your paper and pen, or white board and marker, and practice your own style. I can hardly wait to get a quilt on the machine and try it.

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