Author Archives: Mary Kate

About Mary Kate

Mary Kate is an associate editor at McCall's Quilting and Quiltmaker. 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 is working on getting better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.

Saturday Morning Quilt Break: Quilting with Tim Latimer

I first interviewed award-winning quilter Tim Latimer for a profile in the December/January 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter. I had come to know his work by reading his blog, TimQuilts.com, where he showed his progress hand quilting vintage quilt tops … Continue reading

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Quilts of Fall Festivals: Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by my window, the autumn leaves of red and gold … Last week we had our first snow of the season here in the Denver area. It’s not at all uncommon for us to get some … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: Diary of a Prize-Winning Quilter

Sherry Reynolds knows a thing or two about show quilts, that is, quilts made specifically to be entered into major quilt competitions. Her America, Let It Shine won best of show at the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Houston in … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: October in Quilt History

With the new month comes some factoids about sewing- and quilt-related events that have occurred in the month of October over the years. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane! 1867: Elias Howe, Jr., died on October 3 in … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: Of Rabbits, Rain and Log Cabins

Sometimes I don’t get to sew on Saturday morning. Sometimes I instead have to take one of my daughters to an urgent care appointment at our doctors’ office because of a double ear infection and then wait for her prescription … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: News from the Quiltosphere

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Quilt Break! I know the weather can vary wildly, or sometimes not at all, with the change in seasons, and here in Colorado it feels as if the seasons are changing right on cue. The … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: What I Quilted on My Summer Vacation

We may still be a week away from the meteorological beginning of autumn, but we both know that Summer 2017 has essentially ended. Sometimes the end of summer leaves me with an immediate sense of nostalgia, a feeling that I … Continue reading

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It’s National Make Your Bed Day!

Do you make your bed every day? I confess that I do not, although I’m getting better. Having an honest-to-goodness quilt that I made myself on the bed with matching pillow shams helps a lot. I get a sense of … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: September in Quilt History

Quilters are part of an unbroken tradition stretching back hundreds of years, and although many quilts were made by women who never signed their work, quilt history is rich with interesting stories. Here are just a few quilty things that … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: Houston

Like most Americans, my attention this past week has been focused on the effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston. As both a quilter and member of the quilting industry, the devastation Houston has experienced resonates because of the city’s important … Continue reading

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