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.

Crafting a quilted pillow for spring

This is the type of quilting project you make over the weekend when you’re waiting for further medical tests. Last week on Thursday I went to the doctor with a health concern, and the doctor ordered some additional tests. The … Continue reading

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More adventures in quilting with little kids

This past Saturday morning — which just happened to be National Quilting Day — I was watching Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” on our local PBS station, as I try to do every week when new episodes air. Because … Continue reading

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Her three favorite words: Thrifted. Vintage. Quilt.

Last Friday evening a friend of mine posted this photo of a Dresden plate quilt on Facebook with the following caption: “Pretty little vintage thing spotted while thrifting tonight. Too bad I couldn’t justify the price. So, I’ll have to … Continue reading

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Getting stuff done: some thoughts for quilters

Here we are, almost midway through National Quilting Month — how’s it been going for you? Have you been getting more sewing done than usual? Or any sewing at all? Apparently we are also nearing the end of Selfish Sewing … Continue reading

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Artistic inspiration: free for the taking

Are you looking for design inspiration for your next quilt? Are you doing some research or just want to read about quilt history and art history for fun? Then you may want to grab a tasty beverage and settle in … Continue reading

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Winter White

I just completed my first project of 2015. I’d had this project in mind for a few weeks; I think it first occurred to me after the holidays when I wanted something that would allow me to decorate for winter … Continue reading

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Top winners at QuiltCon 2015

Are you attending QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, Texas, this weekend? If so, count yourself lucky. Tickets to the second large conference produced by the Modern Quilt GuildĀ  were a hot commodity before they even went on sale, and our Facebook … Continue reading

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I Love L.A.

Last week my 3-year-old daughter and I went back to my hometown of Los Angeles for a short visit with my family and a few friends. I hadn’t been back in almost a year and a visit was long overdue, … Continue reading

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Comfy cozy are we

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy, cozy are we We’re snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be… I bet these lyrics from “Sleigh Ride” by Mitchell Parish are about as close a description as … Continue reading

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Quilting with little kids

This week’s episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community is one in which I played the part of the guest and Lori Baker played the part of the host. The title of the episode is “Quilting with Preschoolers,” and … Continue reading

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