Category Archives: Mary Kate Karr-Petras

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: 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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Design Wall Tuesday – Charm Quilt Patterns

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! Even though we’re still in summer, the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have found some time to spend in their sewing studios. Read more to see what they’ve been up to: From Content Director, Carolyn … 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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Workshop Wednesday: Wool Felt Applique

I don’t know what the temperature is where you live right now, but here in the Denver area school is back in session, which makes it official: Autumn Is Coming. And with autumn comes the return of Quilting Weather. Shorter, … Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle-Squares

Knowing different approaches to making triangle-squares (also called half-square triangle units) is one way to take you from being a beginning quilter to an intermediate one. Having a variety of techniques in your quilter’s toolbox allows you to look at … Continue reading

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Design Wall Tuesday – Quilting with a Walking Foot

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to in our sewing rooms. We’ve been busy! From Content Director, Carolyn Beam: As I was organizing my sewing … Continue reading

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