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.

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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Getting back together with your UFO

A couple of weekends ago, having just completed the pieced backing for a queen-size quilt and faced with the prospect of then basting said quilt, or maybe finishing marking and basting a twin-size quilt top, or perhaps marking and basting … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: storage unit of fabric for sale, quilts from Broadway costumes, Quilt Gardens, and more

Here’s a scrap bag of quilt-type news items to help you kick off your week! This story was making the rounds on quilt-related social media last week, and for good reason: Barbara Schubert Bartlett apparently took the adage “She who dies … Continue reading

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More about Creating Text and Texture with Flour Paste Resist

Textile artist Valerie C. White contributed the Easy Lesson we included in our June/July 2016 issue, “Creating Text and Texture with Flour Paste Resist.” We went with that title because I figured “Super-Fun Technique That You Are Totally Going to … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Quilts for Fort McMurray, Jimmy Fallon on quilt fiction, quilt block patio design, and more

Hey, guess what? It’s Friday! Looking for some fun and interesting news tidbits from around the internet about quilts? Then you’re in the right place! Museum Open House is a video series produced by NewTV in Newton, Massachusetts, that highlights … Continue reading

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It’s never too late to be a beginner

One of the biggest events in a person’s life that acts as a catalyst to try quilting for the first time is the impending birth or arrival of a child, whether her or his own or one expected by a … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: “Outlander” fabric coming soon, Nazi flag quilt, Great Migration quilt, and more

Also in this week’s Scrap Bag of quilt and textile news items is a story about inmates who quilt for charity, a round-up of modern quilts for modern homes, an “urban” quilter receives recognition, and broken ceramics repaired with metallic … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: a quilting angel, machine applique called “cheating,” cinematic color inspiration, and more

This week’s Scrap Bag has even more news and tidbits: two statewide documentation projects, quilting as outreach among a Canadian First Nation community, how the maker of a 19th-century quilt was identified by a team of researchers, quilting metaphors in … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: 20-foot art quilt on permanent display, Be Creative! winner in news, quilting company hires refugees, and more

Just this past week the trees have erupted into bloom here in Denver, which must mean it’s time for a big spring snowstorm. As I type this, the clouds are descending from over the mountains and we are preparing for … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: quilts for Hillsborough and Paris, quilt on the silver screen, sci-fi embroidery, and more

Today’s Scrap Bag has yielded a few stories about quilts with meaning — memory quilts, quilts made to honor or call attention to somber events — as well as stories of astounding craftsmanship, not to mention one quilt that may … Continue reading

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