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.

Scrap Bag: Urban legend quilt, video game for longarms, comeback for quilted jackets, and more

Happy Friday! Can I interest you in some scraps of quilt news to help get your weekend started?   Fashion blog The House That Lars Built recently posted “Coo Coo for Quilted” about coveting jackets that are either quilted or … Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit Spring 2016

So what if spring doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks? Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training and my crocuses have bloomed, so that’s good enough for me to go ahead and post this list of quilt … Continue reading

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Seen at QuiltCon 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a short week for me in the office as I just returned from Los Angeles where I was taking care of some family business. But while I was there I managed to work in a … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Quilting cops, Masopust’s influence, Flint water crisis quilt, and more

Can you feel it? The weekend approacheth, bringing with it Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day in the U.S. Let’s take a look at the latest interesting bits of quilt and textile news that have popped up this past week. Work … Continue reading

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Ardently Austen — fabric for readers and romantics

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LELA! “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a quilter in possession of a good stash must be in want of more fabric.” (with apologies to … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Oakland quilts, patchwork on the red carpet, vintage sewing machine display, and more

Folks here in the U.S. have been all about rivalries this week — Denver v. Carolina, Clinton v. Sanders,  Trump v. seemingly everyone — but we have our priorities straight, don’t we? It’s all about the quilting! Now that we’re agreed, … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: tropical shop hop, 88-year-old quilter, quilting games, and more

Happy Friday! Let’s just dig into this scrap bag of quilt tidbits, with a few other links for general artistic inspiration thrown in for variety. The 8th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop — as in the Big Island of … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: celebrating American quilt traditions, quilts at the South Pole, design by DNA, and more

If you’re lucky enough to be looking forward to a three-day Martin Luther King Day weekend (as we are), I hope you’re able to work in some sewing while commemorating the Civil Rights leader’s legacy. In the meantime, let’s take … Continue reading

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These never were “your grandmother’s quilts”

Not too long ago the link to an article entitled “No longer square to quilt” by Karen Ridder, published by the Kansas City Star regarding the local modern quilt movement, came up a few times in my Facebook newsfeed. After more than five … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: quilting crossword puzzle, fabric designers’ studio tour, cotton crazy quilts, and more

Happy New Year! The quilting news was a little quieter than usual over the holidays but I still have some tidbits to share for the first Scrap Bag blog post of 2016. (Click the links to read more and to … Continue reading

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