Author Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at McCall's Quilting and McCall's Quick Quilts. 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.

Workshop Wednesday: Two Quilt-as-You-Go Methods

Not only are quilt-as-you-go techniques great for making projects quickly, they’re perfectly suited for anyone who’s ever wondered how to stuff a large quilt sandwich through the throat of a domestic sewing machine to be quilted. With quilt-as-you-go (QAYG), you … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Stitch & Flip Tips

Shapes and units that once were only possible by template piecing are now often achieved through stitch-and-flip techniques. Stitch-and-flip, sometimes called quick-corner or fast-corner piecing, is a distinctly modern technique: it’s tailor-made for rotary cutting, it’s meant to simplify your … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Joining the Ends of Your Binding

I think it’s safe to say there are two kinds of quilters in the world when it comes time to join the loose ends of a binding strip: those who measure and those who don’t. In a previous Workshop Wednesday … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Resizing Quilt Blocks

Back when we were planning the line-up for the June/July 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, we decided it would be fun to offer a free mini quilt pattern based on Violet Eyes by Stephanie Sheridan, which is a 65″ x … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Fantastic Fat Quarter Quilts

When did you buy your first fat quarter? Do you still have it in your stash? And what is a fat quarter, anyway? According to quilt historian Barbara Brackman, fat quarters—or one-fourth of a yard of fabric that’s been cut … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Strip-Pieced Quilts

I’m going to get straight to the point in this blog post. Labor Day is past, summer is over for all intents and purposes, there are only 110 days (!) until Christmas, which means one thing to quilters: it’s time … Continue reading

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Thoughts about Houston

Hurricane Harvey may have come and gone (and come back again as a tropical storm), but its effects on the Gulf Coast will be felt for years to come. Like many of my colleagues in the quilt industry, I feel … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Charm(ing) Quilt Ideas

Charm square is the general term used to describe a 5-inch square of fabric. These days, charm squares are often sold as precut squares cut from a coordinating collection, often with more than one square of each print in the … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Cutting the (Layer) Cake

Precuts can be problematic. The very things that entice us into buying them—They’re so cute and coordinated and easy to buy!—end up being the same things that can keep us from wanting to actually use them—But if I break open … Continue reading

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I Love This Quilt!: Geese in My Kitchen, Part 2

Hi everyone! I finished piecing my “I Love This Quilt!” remake of Geese in My Kitchen and I want to share it with you, along with a couple of tips in case you want to make your own version. When … Continue reading

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