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: 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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Scrap Bag: Orlando comfort quilts, world’s “ugliest” color, Woody Guthrie quilt, and more

This has been a tough week in a lot of ways, hasn’t it? Some of today’s quilty news items reflect recent events, but hopefully you’ll find all of them inspiring. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has started a project to … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Psychologists tackle quilting “addiction,” celebrating WIPs, quilters support Fort McMurray, and more

The weather is heating up here in Colorado and summer is in full swing! I’m posting today’s Scrap Bag a little early so I can join my coworkers for a BBQ potluck lunch to celebrate the season. Hope you enjoy … Continue reading

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The quilt I made for my parents

In a recent blog post I talked about realizing that an old, scrappy delectable mountains UFO I thought I might finish to donate to a charity had become too meaningful over the passing years to give away owing to the … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Iowa Quilt Museum opens, France Patchwork’s “crazy project,” English quilt show winners, and more

Let’s dig into this week’s scrap bag of quilty news items from around the world to help get our weekend sewing off to an inspiring start! The U.S. has a new quilt museum! The Iowa Quilt Museum is holding its … Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit Summer 2016

What with Memorial Day and many public school students celebrating the end of the school year, this week marks the cultural beginning of summer in the U.S. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some quilt exhibits you … Continue reading

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