This series will continue to expand over the coming months.
Karen has worked as a longarm quilter since 1997.
She has won many national/international awards and is respected as an accomplished fiber artist and as one of the innovators of the machine quilting industry.
Karen is known internationally as the creator of a style of quilting referred to as “McTavishing.”
She teaches quilting throughout the US and abroad.
McTavish Quilting Studio LLC
Opened June 2015, the studio is specially equipped for modern/traditional/ contemporary art quilting.
The studio contains a full selection of quilts displayed for purchase. The studio makes commissioned quilts for customers and offers repair of old quilts.
We produce unique quilts and provide both computerized and custom longarm quilting services.
The space has hosted several community groups such as the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild. The studio often participates in fundraisers to raise money for not-for-profit groups and has hosted a long-running "open sew night" for the Duluth community.
The studio also provides a retail working showroom for APQS longarm quilting machines and is an official showroom of APQS in Duluth, Minnesota.
McTavish Quilting Studio Connects Makers
That's So McTavish
Selected quilting awards
2021 - 1st Place Judged - Black Hills Quilters Guild
2019 1st Place Workmanship - “Minnesota Quilt Show”
2019 2nd Place Workmanship - “Minnesota Quilt Show”
2019 3rd Place Workmanship - “Minnesota Quilt Show”
2019 1st Place, Best in Show, Viewers Choice -“Valley Quilters”.
2018 - 1st Place Workmanship - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2018 - 3rd Place Workmanship - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2017 - Minnesota Quilter of the Year Award and Solo Exhibition - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2017 - Outstanding Modern Workmanship "Road to California" $5,000 award
2017 - 2nd Place - Hayward Wisconsin Piecemakers Quilt Show
2017 - 2nd Place Large Appliqué - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2017 - 1st Place Large Appliqué - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2016 - 1st Place Best Machine Workmanship - "Pacific International Quilt Festival"
2016 - 2nd Place "AQS" Madison, WI
2016 - 1st Place Large "AQS National Quilt Week" Paducah, Kentucky
2016 - 1st Place Machine Quilting - "Valley Quilters"
2015 - 2nd Place Appliqué - "Quilt Expo"
2015 - Honorable Mention - "Minnesota Quilt Show"
2014 - 2nd Place International Quilt Festival Houston, TX
2013 - 1st Place "MQT Quilt Show"
2012 - 2nd Place - Custom Heirloom Show - Bed - "MQX" Portland, OR
2012 - 3rd Place - Custom "Our Daily Bed" - "MQX" Portland, OR
2012 - Winner of the Golden Quilter Awards - Best Longarm Quilter - SewCalGal
2012 - Grand Champion Award for outstanding quilt "Two Harbors, Minnesota County Fair"
2011 - Best in Show - Machine Quilting "Minnesota State Fair"
2011 - Honorable Mention - "HMQS" Salt Lake City, Utah
2010 - Nominee for the "MQX" Teacher of the Year Award
2009 - 1st place - Wall Quilt, Duet (The Peace Quilt by Jan and Karen McTavish) "NQA" - Columbus, OH
2009 - Judges Choice - (customer quilt Janet McTavish) "HMQS" - Salt Lake City, UT"