Karen McTavish

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Karen McTavish ~ Award Winning Longarm Quilter,

Author, Instructor, Speaker, Judge and APQS Dealer

 

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Awards

Recipient of over 50 National & International Awards!

Nominee for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award 2013!

MQX Teacher of the Year Nominee 2013.

Thank you again. I am so grateful to have been nominated for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you to those who nominated me and thank you to Janet-Lee and Mary. For more information about MQX go to www.mqxshow.com and for more information about the Teacher of the Year Award go to MQX Teacher of the Year.



Winner of the Golden Quilter Awards - Best Longarm Quilter 2012!

2012 Golden Quilter Awards Certificate-Best Longarm Quilter.

Thank you Friends! I find it humbling to receive this award and I am so grateful to have been nominated. Thank you to those who nominated me and thank you Darlene, aka SewCalGal. For more information about the Golden Quilter Awards go to: www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com.



Nominee for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award 2011!

MQX Teacher of the Year Nominee 2011.

Thank you again. I am so grateful to have been nominated for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you to those who nominated me and thank you to Janet-Lee and Mary (founders of MQX). For more information about MQX and the Teacher of the Year Award go to: www.mqxshow.com.



Nominee for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award 2009!

MQX Teacher of the Year Nominee 2009.

I am grateful to have been nominated again for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you to those who nominated me and thank you to Janet-Lee and Mary (founders of MQX). For more information about MQX and the Teacher of the Year Award go to: www.mqxshow.com.



MQX Award 2008.

Recipient of the MQX Teacher of the Year Award 2007!

I am so excited and honored to have been chosen for the MQX Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you to Janet-Lee and Mary (founders of MQX) and to everybody who voted. I especially thank those who wrote in such wonderful comments. The following paragraph is a composite of many people's words:

Karen's signature stitch, McTavishing, has changed the way machine quilters think about background quilting. You can see her influence at any quilt show. Just walk down the aisles and count all the quilts with McTavishing in them. She spearheaded the development of wholecloth design and quilting by machine, which resulted in the creation of a new wholecloth machine quilting category in judged shows. Karen also serves as a model and mentor through her passionate dedication to teaching and supporting other long arm quilters. Her books with included DVDs have brought teaching into motion, making quilting instruction available to quilters around the world. She recognizes that there are no limits in quilting and allows her students to create and soar.

For more information about MQX and the Teacher of the Year Award go to: www.mqxshow.com.



Professional Quilter's <i>Teacher of the Year</i> award.

In 2008 I was honored to win the MQX, Teacher of the Year Award. Previously, I was twice nominated for the Professional Quilter's Teacher of the Year award. My work appears in several instructional quilting books such as Joanne Line's Quilts from the Quilt Maker's Gift #1 and #2. I have quilted for Foundation by the Yard, Sharon Hultgren's tour with Hobbs Bonded Fibers. Also, my machine quilting appears in the October 2002 Issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine. I was featured on HGTV's Simply Quilts (episode #1005) in April 2004. My episode featured Trapunto how-to and a longarm demonstration. To check their website for more information click on www.hgtv.com. I have authored four books, Quilting for Show, Whitework Quilting, Mastering the Art of McTavishing and The Secrets of Elemental Quilting. Check my products page for availability.



ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year award - 2004.

Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award!

Whitework Quilting by Karen McTavish, published by On-Word Bound Books, has won the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in its category.

ForeWord Magazine is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to covering books from independent publishers.



Awards List

  • 1999- Teacher's Choice Award - Machine Quilters Showcase
  • 2000- Teacher's Choice Award - Machine Quilters Showcase
  • 2000- 1st Place - Pieced Traditional Large - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2001- Teacher's Choice Award - Machine Quilters Showcase
  • 2001- 1st Place - Wholecloth - Machine Quilters Showcase
  • 2001- 1st Place - Wholecloth - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2001- Best Machine Quilting - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2001- Best of Show - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2001- Best Longarm Machine Quilting - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2001- Viewer's Choice Award - Traditional Wall - Minnesota Quilters Show
  • 2001- Special Exhibit invitation to enter two quilts for "Longarm Luminaries" - International Quilt Festival and Market
  • 2002- Honorable Mention Award - Wholecloth - Machine Quilters Showcase
  • 2002- Honorable Mention Award - Traditional Large - Minnesota Quilters Show
  • 2002- 3rd Place - Show Challenge Category - Minnesota Quilters Show
  • 2002- Viewer's Choice - Traditional Wall - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2002- 3rd Place - Wholecloth Large - QTQ 2002 "Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- 3rd Place - Wholecloth Wall - QTQ 2002 "Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- 3rd Place - Longarm Traditional Large - QTQ 2002 - "Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- Honorable Mention Award - QTQ 2002 - "Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- 1st Place - Longarm Traditional Wall - QTQ 2002 - "Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- Faculty Choice Award - QTQ 2002 -"Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- Faculty Choice Award - QTQ 2002 -"Quilting the Quilt
  • 2002- Faculty Choice Award - QTQ 2002 -"Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- Faculty Choice Award - QTQ 2002 -"Quilting the Quilt"
  • 2002- 3rd Place - Traditional Large - "The Pennsylvia National Quilt Extravaganza"
  • 2002- 1st Place - Teacher's Exhibit - "Innovations" Seattle, WA
  • 2002- 2nd Place - Teacher's Exhibit - "Innovations" Seattle, WA
  • 2002- 2nd place - Two-Person/Duo - "International Quilt Festival" Houston, TX
  • 2003- Best of Show - Longarm - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2003- Teacher's Choice - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2003- Honorable Mention - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2003- Viewer's Choice - Wall - "Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference"
  • 2003- 1st Place - Wholecloth - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2003- Best in Show - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2003- Sweepstakes Award - Minnesota State Fair
  • 2003- 2nd Place - Teacher's Exhibit - "Innovations" Seattle, WA
  • 2004- Teacher's Choice - "Machine Quilters Showcase and Convention"
  • 2004- 2nd Place - Traditional Pieced - "Minnesota State Quilt Show and Convention"
  • 2004- Teacher's Choice - Contemporary Longarm Large - "Quilting on the Waterfront"
  • 2004- 1st Place Viewer's Choice - Overall - "Quilting on the Waterfront"
  • 2004- Teacher's Choice - Traditional Pieced Large - "Quilting on the Waterfront"
  • 2004- 2nd Place - Traditional Pieced Wall- "Quilting on the Waterfront"
  • 2004- 2nd Place - Group Quilt - "Minnesota Quilters State Quilt Show - Raffle Quilt - Stars Of The Inland Sea" Designed by Claudia Clark Myers, Pieced by 18 friends of Minnesota Quilters, Inc., Quilted by Karen McTavish
  • 2005- 2nd Place - Pieced Professional Large (MN state raffle quilt) - "Indiana Heritage Quilt Show"
  • 2005- 3rd Place - Group Quilt (MN state raffle quilt) - "AQS Paducah KY International Quilt Show"
  • 2007- 1st Place - Teachers Catagory (customer quilt Elizabeth Abel) - "Innovations" Seattle, WA
  • 2008- Teacher of the Year Award - "MQX" Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 2008- 2nd Place - Custom Heirloom Show Quilt, Large (customer quilt Elizabeth Abel) - "MQX" Manchester, NH
  • 2008- 2nd Place - Traditional Large Longarm - "Northwest Quilting Expo" Portland, OR
  • 2009- Honorable Mention - (customer quilt Janet McTavish) "Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival" - Hampton, VA
  • 2009- Judges Choice - (customer quilt Janet McTavish) "HMQS" - Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2009- 1st place - Wall Quilt, Duet (The Peace Quilt by Jan and Karen Mctavish) "NQA" - Columbus, OH
  • 2010- Nominee for the "MQX" Teacher of the Year Award 2009
  • 2011- Honorable Mention - "HMQS" Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2011- Best in Show - Machine Quilting Minnesota State Fair
  • 2012- Winner of the Golden Quilter Awards - Best Longarm Quilter - SewCalGal
  • 2012- 3rd Place - Custom "Our Daily Bed" - "MQX" Portland, OR
  • 2012- 2nd Place - Custom Heirloom Show-Bed - "MQX" Portland, OR
  • 2013- 2nd Place - quilt by Peggy Horgan, quilted by Karen McTavish - Kaleidoscope of Quilts XVI Quilt Show, Ohio
  • 2013- Best Non-Computerized Machine Quilting - quilt by Peggy Horgan, quilted by Karen McTavish - Kaleidoscope of Quilts XVI Quilt Show, Ohio
  • 2013- Judge's Choice - Minnesota State Quilt Show, MN
  • 2013- Security Guard's Choice - Minnesota State Quilt Show, MN
  • 2013- 1st Place - Lake County Fair, MN
  • 2013- Grand Champion - Lake County Fair, MN
  • 2014- 1st Place Ribbon at Machine Quilting Today. Margaret West 2 person category.


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