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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: On-Word Bound Books; Pap/DVD edition (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974470619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974470610
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen McTavish has been quilting on a longarm since 1997 fulfilling her two passions: Heirloom Trapunto quilting and Wholecloth. Karen specializes in crafting award-winning quilts using techniques which allow machine quilters to replicate traditional 'hand-quilted' effects. She has been featured on Simply Quilts, and writes articles for national quilting magazines and journals. Karen's is the author of 5 books, Quilting for Show 1 & 2, Whitework Quilting, Mastering the Art of McTavishing and Secrets of Elemental Quilting. She has been a full-time professional longarm quilter since 1997 - supporting her family through her craft. Karen lives on Lake Superior's North Shore, quilting and teaching throughout the country and privately in her storefront 'McTavish Quilting Studio'. She has two children, Ally and Storm. Her website, gallery, and storefront is at ww.designerquilts.com

Karen also is the vocalist for her band called "Grounds for Dismissal" in Duluth Minnesota -
to check out her band go to www.myspace.com/grounds4dismissal

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I found the information precise and easy to follow.
Catherine Templeton
The book and DVD give you all the information you need to sit down and practice this technique and very quickly master it.
Ralston
I purchased this book after reading about it on a quilting site.
Jill

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125 of 125 people found the following review helpful By O'Irish on September 11, 2005
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I knew this book (w/DVD) was coming out and could hardly wait. I've been in awe of Karen's quilting work from the first time I saw her doing it. The book is filled with beautiful quilts in color, with background text for each; and an assortment of pics with diagrams on doing her McTavishing technique. But... for ME... the very BEST part is the DVD which is attached inside the back cover. Very lengthy and very detailed videos of Karen using her McTavishing via her long arm quilting machine, and verbalizing instructions for several different doodling designs (the sky's the limit), as well as beautiful heirloom feathers, all free-hand. There's also a segment working Karen's McTavishing technique with a regular domenstic home sewing machine. Karen says each person's McTavishing will have their own individual finger print on it. For ME, the DVD was worth the price of the book!! I'm really a visual person... I need to see something in action, and this provided all and more!!!
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ralston on October 14, 2005
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The book, and most especially the DVD, teach a beautiful, fast, fun, and easy technique for machine quilting. I personally have never liked stippling as a background qulting design and so was very excited when I first saw a friend doing "McTavishing". In addition to the "McTavishing" design, Karen demonstrates about 6 other patterns including an amazingly graceful and fairly simple Victorian Feather. The book and DVD give you all the information you need to sit down and practice this technique and very quickly master it. I highly recommend it.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A. Frerichs on July 10, 2006
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I bought this book hoping it would have the answers I needed. Like most "how to quilt" books it doesn't show you how to quilt, but shows off the author's quilting. All these books show pictures of wonderful quilts and beautiful quilting but no mention of how the quilting motifs were chosen, found or drawn on. This book follows that exact formula of just teasing you. I sometimes wonder if there is a secret stash of quilt designs only privledged quilters are allowed to have.

The dvd was great. I thought it would be crappy for my 24.95 but I got 90 minutes of her quilting. The sound is on the loud side but the video is great. I loved that she made her quilting the star of the show and not herself as most quilting shows and dvds do.

Although she uses a longarm machine, you can use your home machine as well for any of her techniques. She follows the book, but having a visual to see how she does her quilting is awesome. She is a very relaxing teacher and not stuffy or snobby. She let the camera get all the angles of her quilting and it was great to see her enjoying doing this dvd. I personally don't care for "McTavishing" but I loved the freemotion Victorian Feathers and just watching her style of quilting. It was also nice to see how a longarm machine works and not an overpriced Bernina machine as most top quilters say you must have to do quilting.

The book is the same as any other quilting book. The dvd rocks. Buy it just for that and you won't regret it. Most quilting dvds run around 40 dollars and Karen was a genius for addding it with her book. I hope other quilters follow her path.

I have to apologize and say that "McTavishing" is stunning. I just did a quilt using "McTavishing".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MaraMiami on November 5, 2006
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This book changed my quilting life -- I'm serious. I've been making quilt tops for seven years, but I never could master meandering, so I just stitched in the ditch or paid somebody to quilt my quilts. But this book caught my fancy, and wow, now I can quilt, and the results are just beautiful.

I have acquired a couple of shelves of quilting books on all subjects, but this is one of the few that I've reread and put to use almost immediately. I just bought the book in October and already I've McTavished three quilts. Finally, I've finished some of those UFOs.

If you want a different, interesting look for your quilts, this book might change your life, too. The DVD is a wonderful companion, and I was surprised by the low Amazon price on this set. NO, this isn't a "paid commercial." <G>
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D on August 4, 2006
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The book is very good, but the DVD is wonderful! I have viewed the DVD numerous times. I enjoyed the delightful commentary by Karen McTavish while watching her stitch, creating the famous "McTavishing". She gives the viewer tips, tricks and the courage to learn her technique.

Worth the money.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Remington on October 26, 2005
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This was a great book if you are in to non-traditional type quilting. The CD is very helpful because you can see how to create these stitches and you can watch it over and over again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PattyJo on August 3, 2006
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this book was great. It's a "How To" book with DVD that really explains what she is doing. You can watch the DVD & go through the book at the same time to reinforce the concepts. Great even for a beginner LongArmer like myself. I was going to take a class from Karen McTavish, but the class had to be cancelled and I had gotten the book so that I could understand what was going to take place. I still want to take the class at a later time, but now, I can be practicing and be more ready for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Retired and Loving It on November 9, 2006
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The tecniques were easy to follow and to adapt to a regular machine. You don't have to have a long arm machine to do this.
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