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: Build, Store and Bust Your Stash

Most quilters love a little retail therapy from time to time (myself included), but there is something immensely satisfying about “shopping” from my stash when I’m working on a project. I mean, I took the time to bring the fabric … Continue reading

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12 quilt exhibits to visit Summer 2015

Hitting the road this summer? Here’s a list of some quilt exhibits you can visit from sea to shining sea that we couldn’t fit into the print editions of Quilters Newsletter. Continue reading

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New fabric collections for Spring/Summer 2015

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS DIANA and MARGARET! Well, here we are, going into Memorial Day Weekend and the cultural start of summer in the U.S. Meanwhile, I sent my kindergartener … Continue reading

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Pattern correction: Beach Glass

The June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter officially goes on sale today, and many subscribers already have their copy. The issue features Struggle by Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe on the cover, a lovely art quilt we chose for its summery look.   … Continue reading

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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 ┬áblog posts, … Continue reading

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