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: Brontë quilt returns, fast free-motion portrait, unique vintage pincushion, and more

It’s Friday once again, time for our weekly wrap-up of quilt and textile tidbits and trivia for your amusement and edification. I tried to come up with an April Fool’s Day tie-in but I just didn’t have it in me; … Continue reading

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Quilting Progress 2016: 1st Quarter Report (& 2015 wrap-up)

Setting goals for our quilting is a great thing. But there are times when all we can do is sew what we can, when we can, and let the process and outcomes speak for themselves. Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: vintage sewing machine documentary, call for repro quilts, Faith Ringgold interview, and more

Happy Friday! Who’s ready to do some stitching this weekend? I know I am, but since I can’t get started until after my girls go to bed this evening, I’ll content myself with some quilty news items for now. Won’t … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Vogue covers modern quilts, Longoria sews, button quilt, and more

Unlike the photo of coordinated red-and-white scraps shown below, I have a very mixed bag of quilt- and sewing-related tidbits today — the good news is there should be something here for everyone! Frequent QN contributor Georgina B. Fries of Bellwether … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: “Dear Sweet Sewing Machine” song, ‘quilted’ eye shadow, 23-foot-tall quilt, and more

Today’s Scrap Bag of quilt-y tidbits and trivia items is bursting at the seams — won’t you take some of them off my hands? Did you know there was a song in Fiddler on the Roof called “Dear Sweet Sewing Machine?” … Continue reading

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Yvonne Porcella: A Remembrance

As many quilters already know, art quilt pioneer and member of the Quilters Hall of Fame Yvonne Porcella died on February 12 after fighting cancer for six years. In addition to obituaries in local newspapers the Modesto Bee and the Calaveras Enterprise, … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Urban legend quilt, video game for longarms, comeback for quilted jackets, and more

Happy Friday! Can I interest you in some scraps of quilt news to help get your weekend started?   Fashion blog The House That Lars Built recently posted “Coo Coo for Quilted” about coveting jackets that are either quilted or … Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit Spring 2016

So what if spring doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks? Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training and my crocuses have bloomed, so that’s good enough for me to go ahead and post this list of quilt … Continue reading

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Seen at QuiltCon 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a short week for me in the office as I just returned from Los Angeles where I was taking care of some family business. But while I was there I managed to work in a … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Quilting cops, Masopust’s influence, Flint water crisis quilt, and more

Can you feel it? The weekend approacheth, bringing with it Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day in the U.S. Let’s take a look at the latest interesting bits of quilt and textile news that have popped up this past week. Work … Continue reading

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