Janet had asked me a couple of days ago how I move from one place to another in my domestic version of McTavishing around applique pieces. I decided to draw a little diagram to try to explain to her. I am sharing with you the diagram here – I hope it makes a bit of sense to maybe help you with your background quilting.
[Note: the drawing isn't exactly the best since I did this while Miss Baby was up. As soon as she saw me use one of her crayons, she had to have the very crayon I had in my hand. And then, she wanted to play with the camera. And then, she came and gave me extra hugs while I was working on my "S"es]
Without further ado, here is my cartoon/clip-art tutorial…
First I find a good space to where I can work in an elongated “S” – like what you would see hair blowing in the wind in clip art. Then I repeat the S-es to make a nice little stack.
And thus, the process repeats again and again. Oftentimes, I have to stitch over previously stitched lines to get out of a bind when I find that I have stitched myself into a corner. That’s not a problem if you are using fine threads (like YLI Silk 100, or Aurifil Mako 50).
This is how I have domesticated McTavishing for my faithful Bernina. Mine looks a bit different from the genuine McTavishing because I think each person’s has a slightly different stroke in his/her background quilting is slightly different, as in the case of signatures. So experiment a bit and see what works for you.
Seeing these stitched out for real action:
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this new installment of my “Thread Talk” series.
Have a great weekend!