Author Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter.

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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Spring Quilt Market 2014 — more of the fun!

The thing about attending Quilt Market is that even though the show floor is open 8-1/2 hours each day, the time flies by and I never seem to be able to see all the people and booths I want to … Continue reading

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Doll quilts, rayon thread and 12 bound corners

What follows is a mini-saga of knowledge assumed, mistakes made and lessons learned, all thanks to the love for three small quilts. At first I was only planning to make one small quilt, a 15″ road to California block done … Continue reading

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Fabrics for an almost-spring day

Last weekend, on the first almost-warm day we’ve had this season as winter finally winds down and the crocuses start to bloom, I took my girls with me to my local quilt store to pick up some hand quilting thread … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Sew-In, Season 4 Finale & Giveaway

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA, KIM, CAROL AND KAREN. And just like that, season 4 of “Downton Abbey” has come to an end. Without offering any spoilers (although if you haven’t seen … Continue reading

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Sochi Olympics banners as quilt inspiration

The 2014 Winter Olympics ended on Sunday but their impact on the quilting world continues to reverberate thanks to the patchwork-inspired, rainbow-colored official posters and banners designed for the games by Russian fashion group Bosco. While there are those who … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Sew-In, Season 4 Weeks 5, 6 & (part of) 7

OK, no spoilers, because I still haven’t finished watching last week’s episode of “Downton Abbey” owing to the fact that I was visiting my parents last weekend and my dad has been following the Olympics, and I’ve only been able … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Sew-In, Season 4 Weeks 2, 3 & 4

** spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Downton Abbey” through Season 4 Episode 4 ** So a lot has happened on “Downton Abbey” since last I posted about my sew-in progress, wouldn’t you say? Hoo-boy, has it ever. Mary’s already … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Sew-In, Season 4 Week 1

Last week I posted some photos of a drawstring bag and napkins I made with Downton Abbey fabric prior to the season 4 premiere in the U.S. This week I should talk about the sewing I managed to accomplish while … Continue reading

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