I have been practicing machine quilting in more "interesting" patterns than the boring old "puzzle piece" kind of stippling that I have been doing on almost every single quilt I've made lately. I looked at the style called "McTavishing", and that's similar to what I would like to do, if I can make it less dense. I don't want to completely flatten the project! What kind of batting are you using for that? I like needlepunched cotton or low loft polyester, but when I used those, the finished project had NO loft at all and was even a little stiff. I don't want to lose the drape-y feel of a quilt.
I've done loops and other designs, but I kind of like the paisley shapes and swirls - but not so dense! How do you achieve a continuous pattern? What other patterns are you using?
I have an old Viking Turissa that works great for freemotion machine quilting, but not a long arm.