Karen McTavish

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McTavish Quilting Studio

Karen McTavish ~ Award Winning Longarm Quilter,

Author, Instructor, Speaker, Judge and APQS Dealer


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Karen's Bio

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Longarm machine quilting allows me to combine my two passions: Wholecloth and Trapunto. I specialize in crafting award-winning heirloom quilts using techniques which allow machine quilters to replicate traditional hand-quilted effects. I have been featured on PBSs Quilt Central, and HGTVs Simply Quilts. My work has appeared in several books including Quilts from the Quilt Makers Gift #1 and #2, Helen Squire's Mix and Match Patterns and numerous national magazines and journals. I authored four books in four years with On-Word Bound Books and came out with a 5th book in 2011. For information on my books and other products please see my products page.

I have been a full-time professional longarm quilter since 1997. I work and teach from my studio and since the early 2000's I have been traveling all over the country teaching McTavishing, Trapunto, Wholecloth Design and advanced longarm and domestic machine quilting workshops.

In 2013 and beyond, I will still do some teaching at shows and studios but mostly I will refocus on teaching private classes in my home studio and quilting for hire. If you are interested in taking in a class or scheduling a private lesson please contact me at any time. For information on where I am teaching, please see my teaching page for a location nearest you and my gallery page for work samples.

I am a representative for APQS ~ Sales, Service, Training & Technical Issue Troubleshooting.

APQS logo For those interested in a machine, you can come to Hayward, WI and pick out the machine of your dreams and get FREE training in all areas of the longarm quilting world from Karen McTavish - as a bonus of coming to the studio. Get started on your longarm journey with Karen McTavish as your instructor; dedicated to helping you establish your business, your craft and your passion!

If you are interested in starting your own Longarm business or in using a longarm machine for your own personal use, please call and set up an appointment for a demonstration and a chance to Test Drive the APQS Longarm Quilting Machines. Visit my contact page for location.

We offer full technical support and service for the twin ports area (Duluth, MN / Superior, WI) as well as northern Wisconsin. Certified APQS tech.

*Financing available. For more information about APQS machines look at their website: www.APQS.com

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