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.

Quilters Newsletter wants YOU!

Have you noticed Quilters Newsletter’s tagline up there in the header of our blog? Just scroll up a bit if you need to, I can wait. It says “Art. Craft. Community.” We’re pretty good at sourcing the Art and Craft parts of that … Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit Winter 2015-2016

As we head into the final few weeks of autumn and toward the solstice, your thoughts — not to mention the weather — may already be turning to winter. If you’re going to be spending more time indoors, why not … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Luke Haynes interview, quilt gardens, fabric-choosing tips and more

It’s a rather mixed bag of quilt- and textile-related news items I wanted to share this week, much like the photo of scraps below. But that just means there’s pretty much something for everyone — take your pick! Luke Haynes’ star … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Libby Lehman sews, machine quilting in the 1880s, and more

It’s that time — time to reach into our stash of little quilty news items to see what larger stories you can work them into. (Click the links to read more and to see photos.) Let’s start off with your … Continue reading

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When it really is the fabric’s fault

OK, maybe “fault” is too strong a word. But sometimes you can chalk up small imperfections in your piecing to the fabrics themselves and, most importantly, how they play together. I’m working on my second baby quilt for recent arrivals … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Houston 2015 winners, amazing reproduction quilt, how to protect your iron, and more

It’s time to clean the virtual sewing room and assemble those scraps of quilt-related stories that are too good to do away with. (Click the links to read full stories and to view photos and videos.) International Quilt Festival 2015 … Continue reading

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The 72-Hour Quilt

Last week I made a quilt, from cutting the fabric to finishing the binding, in less than 72 hours. I mean a real, honest-to-goodness, large-enough-to-almost-cover-an-adult-human quilt, not a doll quilt (although there are doll quilts I’ve made that took me … Continue reading

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My Greek Key quilt

You really don’t need a pattern to make Pam Rocco’s Greek Key. You just need to understand how to make a courthouse steps block and be willing to put your ruler away. Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Charity quilts old and new, quilt for peace, batting tips and more

The focus of this week’s Scrap Bag is on feel-good stories of quilts being used as instruments of peace and gratitude, along with various other items that may be of interest to those with a passion for needle and thread. (Click … Continue reading

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This Is Halloween (Fabric)

It’s only mid-October, which means you still have time to make something for Halloween if the spirit moves you. It doesn’t have to be a full quilt — wall hangings, candy totes, pillows and many other small projects are all … Continue reading

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