Karen has been featured on PBS's Quilt Central and HGTV's Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.
Her work has also appeared in books, national magazines and journals. Her first book, Quilting for Show, was published in 2002. More recently, she published Whitework Quilting and Mastering the Art of McTavishing.
She specializes in using longarm techniques that replicate traditional hand-quilted effects. Her machine lets her combine two passions--Wholecloth and Trapunto.
Karen McTavish of Two Harbors, Minnesota owned two other longarm machines
for four years before switching to APQS. She now owns a quilting studio in Minnesota where she also has an APQS tech on her team who works with her on set up, repair and service of APQS machines.
"What a lovely thing it is to have the ability to run decorative threads, use a chair if I choose, have the best stitch regulator on the market, and to produce quilts that aren't 'wavy' from hardcore stretching.'
"Because of the smaller bobbin, I have the prettiest stitches I've ever seen--with no loops on the back because of the backlash effect. It's a joy to quilt without having to constantly check the backing for problems."
"When someone asks what machine I own, I beam with pride and say APQS."
"The quality of my quilting went way up. I know it's the best machine."