Down the quilting rabbit hole

Just like that, it’s Wednesday. We had a long weekend here and Monday just slipped away with the rest of it. So here we are, but I feel like things haven’t changed at all since last week, as I have slipped down a quilting rabbit hole, and it will be another day or two before I emerge.


You may remember when I posted about my “Mrs Tiggywinkle Goes to Town” quilt, that I had something a little bit special planned for the quilting. After a few thread malfunctions and false starts, I have been quilting steadily on it, an hour here, a half hour there, a bobbin’s worth yesterday, hopefully more today. I am nearly finished the background, (nine days and counting), I will need to take a break before I start the hedgehogs so I can get through some of my to-do list!

If you follow me on instagram, you will have seen some peeks of my past week. It included puppies, lots of rest breaks and quilting, quilting, quilting.

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This free-motion quilting technique is called “McTavishing” after the first person to use this style, Karen McTavish. I will be posting a bit more about it, and her book, just as soon as I’m done with this quilt!! However, as you can see from the pictures above, it’s a dense background quilting style which is meant to fade into the fabric and leave you with texture for days. Some of these photos are fairly close up, most of those stitches are 1-2mm long. Standing back, the overall effect is just stunning. I can’t wait to reveal it all to you!

Meanwhile, if you need me, you know where I’ll be. Circling in, echoing out, and lots and lots of travel stitching.

Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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4 Responses

  1. Nadine

    How come the quilt doesnt pucker ? it would on me . Is there basting of some sort ?

    • Cassandra

      Nadine, the whole quilt is spray basted, and I have pins around the outside edges. Each hedgehog was ditch quilted, then echo quilted 1/2″ out from the seam. All the outer borders have been ditch quilted too. I have been working very hard as I quilt each section to use hand pressure keeping each area flat and smooth. Its been remarkably successful. Definitely not a technique for a beginner on a domestic, it would be a thousand times quicker and easier on a longarm.

    • Cassandra

      Thankyou so much for your kind words! I haven’t done a live quilting tutorial yet, but it’s definitely on my list of new technologies to master 😉

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