McTavish Quilting Studio Connects Makers


[humming] Watch it, make sure
it goes [inaudible].. Yeah, make sure the stitches–
if the stitches look bumpy or weird– Mhm. –or bubbly, you
want to stop it. Yeah, this is the part I was
worried about, whether it’d get over those treads, and
it does, seems to be fine. She likes the drunkard’s
path, but she wants something more modern on the– Oh, yeah, this is perfect. –print. And I said, well, I– This is modern. It is. For sure. And the knee is solids. PAULINE WELLMAN:
Today I’m working on a quilt for my sister. She picked the pattern. And it’s a drunkard’s path. And I decided to put
the bubbles, which were suggested by Karen. And I love it because it’s– the bubbles are kind
of like champagne with the drunkard’s path. So I think it’ll
be nice for her. Yeah, that feels so cool. So we offered these
machines for rent. And Pauline is a renter. And she’s quilting
by the hour here. And we also do custom
quilting for people that aren’t
interested in quilting their own quilt themselves. And then we also
do private classes. We teach anything related
to quilting in support of the quilting community. So even if you have no
idea what you’re doing, it’s still– you know,
you can still come in, and we’ll teach
you how to do it. 12,025 stitches to go. It’s such a unique–
a unique situation for quilters to be
able to come in here and just be with other
quilters and just hear what other people are talking
about and get encouragement. And people just like to
talk about their art. Quilting is really isolating. You tend to be alone,
and having other people here makes it feel
a lot more social. And historically, that’s
what quilting was about. And it’s being social, you
know, having that quilting guild or that bee. And, you know, the kids
were under the quilt while you could sit there and
listen to everybody gossip and hand-quilt. But, yeah, it’s
kind of the same thing here, you know? It’s really nice to have people
that are like-minded and having people pop in for
no other reason, just to see what
we’re working on. FRANK PALMER: This is a quilt
from a client who’s entering it in the Minnesota show. And she wanted me
specifically to do it, but she didn’t have
a preconceived idea of what she wanted. So we’re just letting the quilt
talk and put the needle down and go. It makes its own magic. I just have to drive. I like the community part of
it and being with like-minded people for stitching. It’s nice to bounce ideas
off of and get ideas and just coming in and stitching
with people that are all in the same area of interest. KAREN MCTAVISH: You
know, on Thursday nights, we have open-sewing
night from 4:00 to 8:00. And anybody can join us. And people come and
work on their hand work, or they just come in, work on
bindings and the design wall. They love our steamer
and our cutting table. They’re all big. Some people don’t want to
dismantle their living room, you know, just to sew. So they come here. Here we go. PAULINE WELLMAN:
I took the class on how to use a
longarm with Karen. And she does a fabulous job. Working with Karen,
Cheryl, and Frank, you know, whenever you
come in to do a quilt, they’re always really helpful. Yeah, I’ve made 12 quilts
in the past two years. And I got a couple more
going I’m working on. [music playing] KAREN MCTAVISH: Our
goal when we started to design the space was to
put as many modern quilts in the studio as possible. But the point was is that
we would have an open door, stay open late, stay open on
the weekends kind of thing where anybody who
has any questions, they don’t have
to go on YouTube. They can just walk
in, and we can help. And we love it when young
people come in because we’re sort of passing the torch. If a little kid, like a
third grader, is driven, and we know that they’re able
to reach the sewing pedal, then we will take
them under our wing and teach them how to quilt.
And it was kind of funny. The other day, I
had a third grader. And she kept saying,
this is really fun. This is really fun. This is fun. I thought it would be
boring and, you know. It is fun. We want addicts. We want new addicts. Quilting is a good
thing, you know? It’s better than the bar,
better than the casino. FRANK PALMER: Between
Cheryl and Karen, I can get just about any
kind of input I need. It’s easy. It’s easier. So there’s three
stages of quilting. And that’s making the
top, quilting the quilt, and then doing the binding. And so all three of those
require learning and skill. And that’s where we
just step in and help. This is Terri’s quilt. And we’re
doing a little collaboration. I’m doing the quilting. She did the embroidery. We’re just the texture guys. We’re adding texture. TERRI WHITE: Well, it’s
exciting to see the end product. I’ve worked– you know,
you work on it so long, and then just want
to make it pop more. The quilting part
is not my forte, so I leave that up to Karen. KAREN MCTAVISH: See, I
just love touching it. TERRI WHITE: It’s
popping and just looking more beautiful as it goes. KAREN MCTAVISH:
The worst thing is if somebody came by and said,
oh, I like your blanket, and then we’d just cry,
because it’s not a blanket. It’s actually– it’s
a canvas of art, and it just happens to be fiber.