I've always been blown away by McTavishing - a "free-flowing meandering movement of long lines and shapes" as a background filler. I just didn't know how to do it. When the subject was brought up again on one of my quilting forums and Karen McTavish's 2nd Edition book on this style of quilting was referenced, I decided I would like to learn more.
I ordered the book, Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition, which I think was a STEAL because not only is it full of text and instruction (which I love and appreciate), tons of great photo samples, and many examples of McTavishing background filler designs, it ALSO comes with 2 DVDs! There are 2-1/2 hours of instruction and demonstration and it is so helpful to have both the written word and visual aid of a video to explain the technique.
I wasn't very familiar with Karen McTavish 'the person' so it was fun to see her in action. She is very cool and a total bad-ass quilter. I really enjoy her style and admire her creativity and artistry! She demonstrates the technique in clear terms and has some great tips to make the process easier. It's not difficult at all to do and is very forgiving and open to interpretation. Karen even offers permission to add "ing" at the end of your own last name to claim ownership of your own style of McTavishing - isn't that a generous gesture in this day and age?
With a few registration lines, thin thread, and a little freedom to experiment, I am confident I can achieve my own version of McTavishing. I look forward to trying this style of background filler and adding some more interest to the negative space on my projects. If you have tried McTavishing, how did it turn out and did you enjoy the technique? I would highly recommend this amazing book and set of DVDs if you'd like to explore and learn more about this beautiful style of quilting.
* Photos used with permission