MQX West my experiences there, WOW

Karen McTavish Quilting class, MQX West. machine quiting, McTavishing, asian art and quilts. Barbara Harms Fiber Art
Award Winning Quilt by Karen McTavish
Karen McTavish
Award Winner-Karen McTavish’s quilt

My faves From MQX

As many people around the Portland area are aware that the  MQX West show opened this week. It was everything I had hoped for and then some. The Classes offered this week taught by some very well know quilters, who not  only create their own award-winning work, but  teach as well.

I can tell you a bit about my own experiences, to give a firsthand view. I was able to take two hands on classes,  that I enjoyed and I’m so glad that  I signed up. My only regret was not having signed up for more.

Karen McTavish’s class on McTavishing was one of my highlights, she is one of my quilting favorites. I’ll admit it, I’m a MT devotee. Having a hands on class with her as the instructor was, of course, as awesome as it sounds.  I have a couple of pictures taken during  Karens class, as well as s few  photos of  her two award-winning quilts.

Of special interest to me was that this year there were several  classes for the domestic machine quilters, not  just for long armers. I’m not aware if this is a first, but it is happy news to me

Teri Lucas was the instructor for my second class, “Let Your Feet Be Fancy & Free”, more machine quilting.  Again, what an excellant class and instructior. She covered so much ground in a short day, but never rushed . She took the time to give a lot of personal attention to each student. This class was packed with information, including many fun quilting motifs to take your quilting to the next level.

My friend attended a class taught by Cindy Needham, ” Beginning Machine Quilting”, which she was very impressed by. Cindy was, like many of us, a self-taught machine quilter. She described problems it presented her, not knowing some very basic information. Some of us have had that same experience, not knowing about needle sizes and what they are used for. Machine tension, so much more.

Learning by trial and error was the hard way, and her purpose was to present much basic information to help new machine quilters get a solid start without the trial and error.

There were so many other great instructors with a great selection of classes; Dawn Cavanaugh, Cathy Franks, Jamie Wallen, Sally Terry, Angela Walters, Judy Woodworth, Kim Brunner, Cathy Wiggins, and the list goes on and on. I can’t begin to list the many incredible instructors and classes offered.

Karen McTavish Quilting class, MQX West. machine quiting, McTavishing, asian art and quilts. Barbara Harms Fiber Art
Here’s a quilt Karen is showing the class. 

Karen McTavish showing her quilt.

Karen and one of her students

My faves From MQX

Can you see the detail here? This is just beautiful. One of Karen’s winners. beautiful . Karen McTavish.


I have pictures of Karen’s quilts on my facebook page, my show ones were not very good.

Before the show, one of  Karen’s award-winning quilts. My show pictures didn’t turn out well, one of my facebook pages has detailed photos Karen released, pre show.
  • Mqx!! (  Angela Walters had some great sounding classes,  Techniques for quilting the negative spaces sounded really good.

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. by my teens I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was completely out of place, I tried to go unnoticed, a mute fly on the wall, with a big smile pasted on my face. I've continued to paint most of my life. After a move to Oregon years later, I was introduced to quilting and fell in love. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. There are often many changes and adjustments along the way. The result can often be surprizing. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction. I love that element of surprize! Sometimes I have one that I especially like, I can't wait to show someone. At that moment l feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had some of my work published in several magazines. which is exciting. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Contact: inquiry Personal Links

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  2. Thanks for your glowing recommendations. We strive to offer a variety of classes to suit all quilters


      1. Hi Sharoni have registered for the next oninle class encrusted crazy quilting . i can’t wait to start and i am sure that me and all the others who are going to take the course are going to spend 6 weeks of great fun and learning.i enjoyed the sumptuous surface embroidery so much and have learnt things that i shall always go back to .the most important thing is that in the course we were taught how to fish as they say .the lessons were so useful and easy to understand and you can learn a lot of important and practical information by just reading the questions of the members of the group and your answers .the whole environment was friendly and it was a very rewarding and pleasurable must be superwoman to be able to answer numerous questions so quick and not just any answer .you gave good feedback and information that just shows how serious you take it.Bless you , you deserve it.


        1. I totally agree with you. I think having access to help with questions and and issues that arise with a new machine just can’t be over emphasized and the classes are invaluable for the computerized machines especially to use all those amazing features. Getting quality customer service is part of what you are receiving with the purchase of a quality machine at a dealer, rather than from WalMart, customer service!


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