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: “Dear Jane” exhibit, quilts at new African American museum, stolen military quilts, and more

Quilt news big and small, inspiration and motivation — it’s all here for the taking! The iconic “Dear Jane” quilt that tops many quilters’ bucket lists is put on display only one time a year for a few weeks, and … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

Sorry I’m a little late with this week’s roundup of quilting and sewing news tidbits — did I miss anything? The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska has chosen United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt as … Continue reading

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Quilt exhibits to visit Autumn 2016

In the What’s New section of our October/November 2016 issue, we give you the skinny on a bunch of amazing quilt exhibits around the country along with images of some of the quilts you’ll see if you’re able to go to … Continue reading

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This Month in Quilt History: September

It turns out September is an important month in quilt history: from the invention of the lockstitch sewing machine to the first issue of Quilters Newsletter to the recognition of art quilting by a leading American newspaper, this is a month … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: 68 years of blue ribbon quilts, quilt show controversy update, 50,000-year-old needle found, and more

Summer is winding down whether it feels like it or not — how long until “quilting weather” arrives?   “Marian Brockschmidt of Springfield won eight blue ribbons from among her 21 entries in the textile division at this year’s Illinois … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Quiltmas

Yes, you read that right: Merry Quiltmas! I know, as I described myself in last week’s Scrap Bag blog post, I’m typically a grouchy Grinch who doesn’t even want to talk about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. This year, … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Controversy at the quilt show, missing Hawaiian scrap quilt, Texas fundraising quilt, and more

Please enjoy some news from the quilt world as you plan your own weekend sewing adventures!   Amelia Perry, mother of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, made a red-white-and-blue quilt that she donated to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to raise money for construction of the … Continue reading

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Free Pattern: Ring Around the Rosy

I’ve been Pam Rocco’s regular editor for her “Words to Quilt By” column and free web patterns for over four years now, and have always looked forward to the challenge of writing patterns for her often improvisational and always unique … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Quilt of Valor for McCain, Olympic gold quilt, quilt shop news, and more

However you spend your quilty energy this weekend, be it sewing, shopping or just dreaming, here are some news items and tidbits to feed your imagination. Senator John McCain is arguably the most prominent military veteran currently serving in Washington, … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: Mrs. Bobbins returns, Mountain Mist collection, inspirational quilters, and more

Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!) Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!) Maybe you can’t tell but I’m looking forward to having some time this weekend to sew. Here are some stories to help get your quilting endeavors off … Continue reading

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