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Thread: A fantastic McTavish day!

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    I thought that I would share with you the wonderful day I had recently when I got to meet Karen McTavish and view her trunk show! She is such a fun person, like someone I would have hung out with in high school! Her story is awesome and quite unique, at least in how she was introduced to long arm quilting...which in a nutshell was that her mom bought her a long arm, and wanted her to move closer to home to raise her family. Her mom told her she could make a living doing LA quilting, and Karen did, but only after a long learning curve and her own inventivness! And now...the rest is history. So here are some pictures. I asked her if I could post them, and she gave me permission.

    Quilt she gave as a gift and was sent back to have the border taken off....she kept it....LOL
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    Karen telling about the phone call from her mother....the one that launched her career
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    explaining how she does machine trapunto
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    one of her beautiful quilts, my favorite
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    colored trapunto
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    and of course..a close up of some" McTavishing"
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    That is so cool! You're right, her work is awesome. And OMG, I can't believe anyone would want that border taken off!! Too darned right she should keep it!!! (Shaking my head in disbelief!)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    wow beautiful....why in the world would anyone want the border taken off that quilt...its beautiful

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    Yea, it was some relative...that thought it was too much, or something crazy like that. She dyed that fabric and it was just beautiful. There are some things you just cant begin to explain....but she was right to keep it, in my opinion!

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    Wowzer! Exquisite work! Thanks for sharing. Didn't know about this quilt artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    wow beautiful....why in the world would anyone want the border taken off that quilt...its beautiful
    I agree whole heartedly. no wonder she kept it.

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    They are lovely, great work!

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    Oh, you must have went when she was in Grand Island. What fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    wow beautiful....why in the world would anyone want the border taken off that quilt...its beautiful
    I can't imagine either!

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    Thank you for sharing. The quilts are beautiful!!!!

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    I think she is wonderful, and so much fun! She is so nice to meet, just love her work!

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    I would LOVE to do a workshop with her!!!! She is awesome!

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    WOW I would have loved to be there with you that day... would love to meet her and hear her story. Thank you for sharing.

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    Karen is such a special person. She is a great teacher and such a nice lady. Good for you for getting to see her trunk show

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    great pics-she is a hoot and very talented

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    thank you so much for showing us the pictures and your experience meeting her. type in McTavishing and a free site that tells a little about her comes up and shows some of her technique. I have been looking at it for sometime. It looks so interesting and fun and lucky you got to meet her! I cannot imagine sending that quilt back. It is just beautiful and the work that went into making it. wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldswimmer
    Quilt she gave as a gift and was sent back to have the border taken off....she kept it....LOL
    If that person was to EVER get anything again - and that is doubtful - it would be a simple single cloth with a purchased/computer pantograph that was used for practice. THE NERVE!!!!!!!

    Glad she kept it. JUST goes to show us all that no matter how amazing our work is there are people who will NEVER appreciate it.

    I think that would have been a wonderful time. I must watch and see when she is available around here.

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    My friend "the batty lady" learned from Karen and teaches her trapunto method. It's amazing.

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    What beautiful work! Even the pros have unappreciative friends/family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    That is so cool! You're right, her work is awesome. And OMG, I can't believe anyone would want that border taken off!! Too darned right she should keep it!!! (Shaking my head in disbelief!)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Absolutely agree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    That is so cool! You're right, her work is awesome. And OMG, I can't believe anyone would want that border taken off!! Too darned right she should keep it!!! (Shaking my head in disbelief!)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Ditto. Those ungrateful wretches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    That is so cool! You're right, her work is awesome. And OMG, I can't believe anyone would want that border taken off!! Too darned right she should keep it!!! (Shaking my head in disbelief!)

    Thanks for sharing!
    I totally agree!!!!

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    I have watched youtube vidieos of her I think she is a wonderful person and I would love to have her tattoo!

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    Funny... I just watched her on Utube last week. She is incerdible. Her work is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your time with her! :thumbup: :-D

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    Wow, how beautiful!

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