Author Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter. If you ask her what type of quilter she considers herself, she'll answer, "Slow." Favorite techniques include hand quilting, both traditional and big stitch, but she also loves her walking foot and keeps meaning to get better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.

I Love L.A.

Last week my 3-year-old daughter and I went back to my hometown of Los Angeles for a short visit with my family and a few friends. I hadn’t been back in almost a year and a visit was long overdue, … Continue reading

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Comfy cozy are we

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy, cozy are we We’re snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be… I bet these lyrics from “Sleigh Ride” by Mitchell Parish are about as close a description as … Continue reading

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Quilting with little kids

This week’s episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community is one in which I played the part of the guest and Lori Baker played the part of the host. The title of the episode is “Quilting with Preschoolers,” and … Continue reading

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My Best Fat Quarter Quilt Challenge

In “Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014″ QN associate editor Mary Kate pledged to use her own favorite fat quarters to make a pattern from the issue. The hardest part was making that first cut. Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit this winter

Every issue of Quilters Newsletter starts with five pages of our “What’s New” section, in which we show the big winners from recent major quilt shows and offer other tidbits from around the quiltosphere. We also regularly include news and … Continue reading

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17 Quilt Documentaries You Should See

Way back in 1907,  Vitagraph Films released a silent short called “A Crazy Quilt.” In it, a man goes to sleep under a crazy quilt made by his mother-in-law. Wacky dreams ensue, including phonographs, huge beasts and trousers that surround … Continue reading

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More from International Quilt Market 2014

If you follow any quilt-related social media at all, you know that International Quilt Market happened last weekend in Houston, and International Quilt Festival opened today. Just to clarify, Market is the trade show component and is mostly geared toward … Continue reading

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Soundtracks for sewing

As I mentioned in my blog post last week about the Quilting LIVE! show in Atlanta, one of the high points was getting to spend time with colleagues from our sister publications and other divisions of F+W, our parent company. … Continue reading

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Quilting LIVE! demos and good times

It happened, people. I finally got photographic evidence of one of the rarest occurrences in the quilting world: a photo of Lori doing hand stitching. Never let it be said that Lori is anything but a team player. If there’s … Continue reading

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags — Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour

Hello, and welcome to my stop on Quilters Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! I hope you’ve been enjoying the entire tour over the past few days. I want to step out of my role as a contributing designer … Continue reading

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