One style of quilting that particularly intrigues me is McTavishing. It’s named after Karen McTavish (her friends named her style of quilting after her). If you’ve never read her book on how she got started in quilting, I definitely suggest it – she has a unique path that doesn’t match anyone I’ve heard of.
There are several variations on how to quilt it, but the basic premise is divide and conquer. And the second premise is there are no hard and fast rules, although she does describe the method that she goes through for the quilting style.
I tend to have a lot of conference calls for work and today was no exception. Most of the time when I’m on a call, I need to pay 100% attention for the entire call so there isn’t a lot of goofing around. But every once in a while I get pulled into a call where I’m there “just in case”, given my position and experience. Today had one of those so I pulled out a couple of sheets of copy paper and decided to practice on paper.
The first one I set up as a 6″ square which was a complete unit in and of itself. That one didn’t take long. Then I thought it would be fun to practice this for a future border on a quilt – maybe the Splendid Sampler – who knows!
The pattern doesn’t have to include swirls but I like swirls and honestly, I’m probably not exaggerating if I say every quilt that I’ve quilted has had swirls in it somewhere or other.
In this second sheet, the picture actually is sideways and I didn’t bother to fix it before uploading it but the 45 degree line drawn in here represents a mitered corner. In other words, it could be a sewn mitered corner around a border…or I could create a fake one simply by stitching along that line a few times and mock one up. At any rate, the layout was similar. So far I’ve found for me at least that if I can draw it, it’s a pretty easy transition for me to quilt it. By then, my conference call was done so it was back to the rest of the workday!