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.

Weekend Workshop: Serge That Quilt

Have you ever used a serger to make a quilt? Neither have I. Truth be told, I think I’ve only ever given a serger a test drive on one occasion. But we get enough visitors to our blog from people … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Curved Piecing Courage

I’ll keep this short and sweet: you should try curved piecing if you’ve never tried it before. It’s not hard, and it’s not scary. It will require making templates or using special acrylic rulers. And you’ll need pins. Other than … Continue reading

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Quilt long and prosper

[whispering] I did it. I finished the foundation-pieced Vulcan Greeting project I started a few weeks ago. But it’s still in transit to the friend I made it for, so let’s keep this just between you and me for another … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Tech-Savvy Techniques

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog post, June 12-18 has been declared a National Week of Making in the U.S. According to the White House, “During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive … Continue reading

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Quilters are Makers, too

I’m not exactly sure what drew me to quilting in the first place, but I know one factor was being a cheapskate frugal and perhaps a little hopeful: while I couldn’t afford to buy the quilts I liked, I knew … Continue reading

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Just another thrift store quilt

When a member of Generation X posted a photo of a polyester 1970s utility quilt on Facebook, one of her Baby Boomer friends wondered why she liked it so much. Here’s her answer. Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Build, Store and Bust Your Stash

Most quilters love a little retail therapy from time to time (myself included), but there is something immensely satisfying about “shopping” from my stash when I’m working on a project. I mean, I took the time to bring the fabric … Continue reading

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12 quilt exhibits to visit Summer 2015

Hitting the road this summer? Here’s a list of some quilt exhibits you can visit from sea to shining sea that we couldn’t fit into the print editions of Quilters Newsletter. Continue reading

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New fabric collections for Spring/Summer 2015

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS DIANA and MARGARET! Well, here we are, going into Memorial Day Weekend and the cultural start of summer in the U.S. Meanwhile, I sent my kindergartener … Continue reading

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Pattern correction: Beach Glass

The June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter officially goes on sale today, and many subscribers already have their copy. The issue features Struggle by Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe on the cover, a lovely art quilt we chose for its summery look.   … Continue reading

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