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: 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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Scrap Bag: Brontë quilt returns, fast free-motion portrait, unique vintage pincushion, and more

It’s Friday once again, time for our weekly wrap-up of quilt and textile tidbits and trivia for your amusement and edification. I tried to come up with an April Fool’s Day tie-in but I just didn’t have it in me; … Continue reading

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Quilting Progress 2016: 1st Quarter Report (& 2015 wrap-up)

Setting goals for our quilting is a great thing. But there are times when all we can do is sew what we can, when we can, and let the process and outcomes speak for themselves. Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: vintage sewing machine documentary, call for repro quilts, Faith Ringgold interview, and more

Happy Friday! Who’s ready to do some stitching this weekend? I know I am, but since I can’t get started until after my girls go to bed this evening, I’ll content myself with some quilty news items for now. Won’t … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Vogue covers modern quilts, Longoria sews, button quilt, and more

Unlike the photo of coordinated red-and-white scraps shown below, I have a very mixed bag of quilt- and sewing-related tidbits today — the good news is there should be something here for everyone! Frequent QN contributor Georgina B. Fries of Bellwether … Continue reading

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