Author Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter.

Quilt exhibits to visit this winter

Every issue of Quilters Newsletter starts with five pages of our “What’s New” section, in which we show the big winners from recent major quilt shows and offer other tidbits from around the quiltosphere. We also regularly include news and … Continue reading

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17 Quilt Documentaries You Should See

Way back in 1907,  Vitagraph Films released a silent short called “A Crazy Quilt.” In it, a man goes to sleep under a crazy quilt made by his mother-in-law. Wacky dreams ensue, including phonographs, huge beasts and trousers that surround … Continue reading

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More from International Quilt Market 2014

If you follow any quilt-related social media at all, you know that International Quilt Market happened last weekend in Houston, and International Quilt Festival opened today. Just to clarify, Market is the trade show component and is mostly geared toward … Continue reading

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Soundtracks for sewing

As I mentioned in my blog post last week about the Quilting LIVE! show in Atlanta, one of the high points was getting to spend time with colleagues from our sister publications and other divisions of F+W, our parent company. … Continue reading

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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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