This week I felt the need to knock out a bigger section of the quilt. I was feeling like spending a few hours stitching in the background with an oldie goldie design I've loved for many years: McTavishing.
McTavishing was actually the 2nd design I ever learned (stippling was #1), and I found it after a long Google search and clicking through various links until I stumbled across Karen McTavish.
All I can say is I found her awesome books - Mastering the Art of McTavishing, Whitework Quilting, and Quilting For Show, all at exactly the right time. It was 2008 and I desperately wanted to kick my quilting skills into higher gear.
And this single special design did exactly that! I suddenly saw that quilting designs could be far more than complicated stippling. They could have a simple step-by-step pattern and flow through an area with logic and reason.
In order to see what I mean, here's the video on how to place this beautiful design in the background sun rays of Express Your Love:
Feel free to play with this design anywhere in your quilt! McTavishing can easily fit into the background, the hair, body, or even the earth sections of the Express Your Love quilt, so have fun playing with this design and see where you will like it best!