Author Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter.

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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Standing Stones of Scotland

The standing stones of Scotland are having quite a moment this summer, and Quilters Newsletter seems to be part of it. The photo above was sent to us by a subscriber who noticed a theme developing between her August/September 2014 … Continue reading

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Fabrics for a late summer/not-autumn-yet day

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to leave summer behind and jump into autumn yet. It seems like my husband just got the new above-ground pool operational, I haven’t taken any vacation yet nor have I finished … Continue reading

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Big stitch hand quilting: troubleshooting the tools

While it’s great to start a quilt knowing exactly what tools you’ll be using, sometimes you just have to figure things out as you go. I recently made a flannel baby quilt and decided to add some big stitch hand … Continue reading

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Get out the (quilted) map!

I suppose this is the fabric that started it all for me, and for many others I’m sure. I stumbled on this map print from the original Paris Flea Market collection by 3 Sisters for Moda back in, what, 2004 … Continue reading

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Spring Quilt Market 2014 — more of the fun!

The thing about attending Quilt Market is that even though the show floor is open 8-1/2 hours each day, the time flies by and I never seem to be able to see all the people and booths I want to … Continue reading

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Doll quilts, rayon thread and 12 bound corners

What follows is a mini-saga of knowledge assumed, mistakes made and lessons learned, all thanks to the love for three small quilts. At first I was only planning to make one small quilt, a 15″ road to California block done … Continue reading

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Fabrics for an almost-spring day

Last weekend, on the first almost-warm day we’ve had this season as winter finally winds down and the crocuses start to bloom, I took my girls with me to my local quilt store to pick up some hand quilting thread … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Sew-In, Season 4 Finale & Giveaway

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA, KIM, CAROL AND KAREN. And just like that, season 4 of “Downton Abbey” has come to an end. Without offering any spoilers (although if you haven’t seen … Continue reading

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