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.

Scrap Bag: Mrs. Bobbins returns, Mountain Mist collection, inspirational quilters, and more

Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!) Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!) Maybe you can’t tell but I’m looking forward to having some time this weekend to sew. Here are some stories to help get your quilting endeavors off … Continue reading

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This Month in Quilt History: August

For the past few years, every issue of Quilters Newsletter has featured quilt history tidbits on our Design Wall page, and on the Bulletin Board page previous to that. At this point we’ve amassed a few hundred “Backtrack” items that can be … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: WWII signature quilt & “escape map” dress, 13-year-olds quilt, IMQA closing, and more

It’s been a few weeks since our last Scrap Bag post, and we hope you’ll enjoy its return in time for your weekend sewing plans! (As for the photo, well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) “Why Are These People Abandoning … Continue reading

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Free Quilt Pattern: Waterfall

As a member of the larger quilting editorial team here in our office in Golden, Colorado, I’ve been contributing to McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. For the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I was assigned the “I Love This Quilt!” regular … Continue reading

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A Stack of Books pillow for my reading chair

In a blog post from a few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to make a small project from Penny Layman’s The Paper-Pieced Home. Which I did end up doing, but of course these things always take a little longer … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: WWII hankie quilt, antique mini sewing machine, Pulse comfort quilts update, and more

I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s time for some sewing therapy. Here are some stories from around the quilt world to fuel your weekend’s endeavors. The wedding of “General Tom Thumb,” as entertainer Charles Stratton was … Continue reading

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More from Pepper Cory’s “Southern Scrap Quilts”

Quilt author, teacher and hand quilter extraordinaire Pepper Cory contributed the article “Southern Scrap Quilts: More Than the Sum of Their Parts” to our June/July 2016 issue, and I was lucky enough to be the editor assigned to take it … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Bonnie Hunter gets honest, Bicentennial quilt found, celeb’s quilt-themed baby shower, and more

Happy 4th of July, y’all! A Nigerian woman named Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale created a business initiative she named Tosin’s Turn Trash to Treasure that employs women who’ve survived domestic abuse to create quilts, shopping bags and other products out of … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: 116-year-old quilt shop closes, Sheryl Crow’s cutter quilts, quilt-inspired public art, and more

Are you ready for some weekend sewing? I know I am! But first, some end-of-the-week tidbits of inspiration from the quilting and sewing world. Even in my business, this isn’t a story you see every day: a 116-year-old quilt shop … Continue reading

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“The Worst Thing Quilting Has Done for Me”

What’s the worst thing quilting has done for you? I mean the absolute worst? Quilters Newsletter wants to know! I’m guessing that for many of us, a list of the worst things quilting has done for us would include things such … Continue reading

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