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: Foundation Piecing Fundamentals

I don’t foundation piece often, but when I do, it’s something awesome like this. I found the free pattern for this foundation-pieced 10″ Vulcan Greeting quilt block on a fan-generated website where pop-culture geekery and the needle arts collide, which … Continue reading

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Make Way for Ducklets — Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour! As the special issue managing editor for the past couple of years, I always feel a great deal of pride when these issues finally get into the hands … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Scrap Happy

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work,” meaning that when people respond strongly to a quilt, they may think they’re doing so because they love the colors, while in reality what … Continue reading

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More Is More

I think I’m finally ready to start quilting this thing. You may remember this quilt top; I blogged about it a few months ago after our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 special issue was released. In my letter from the … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Hand Applique Your Way

Way back when, like in the late 20th century, I took a class on hand applique and ended up with this quilt. Aside from one of the long stems that was first stitched to the background by machine and finished … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop: Improve Your Free-Motion Quilting

If improving your free-motion quilting skills is on your to-do list — I know it’s on mine — you can get started this weekend. All it takes is the decision to give it a try, and we have  blog posts, … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Quilting This Weekend!

Looking to learn some tips to improve your quilting this weekend? Check out the links in our blog post and you may be surprised with what you’re able to accomplish by Sunday night! Continue reading

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The most honest quilt

If every quilt has a story, I’m pretty sure the story behind this one is, “Just get it on the bed.” Continue reading

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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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