All posts by Cate Prato

Cate Prato

About Cate Prato

Cate Coulacos Prato loves fabric, thread, and dabbles in all types of fabric art. As Senior Online Editor for Keepsake Quilting, she welcomes your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and discussion on quilts, quilting, fabric shopping, and the quilting community.

applique watermelon

Blanket Stitch Applique Tips for Success

Do you use applique techniques in your quilting? Adding applique may seem like a time-consuming extra step, but there are many different techniques, such as fusible applique, that make it go faster. And applique can add that little something extra that takes a quilt from good to great. Today, guest blogger Lynette Jensen offers applique…

batik quilt challenge

New Quilt Challenge with Prints and Wovens

Do you love fabric? Of course you do! Do you enjoy showing off your quilts? Who doesn’t? Do you love a quilt challenge? We’re betting yes. Then, why not enter our latest Keepsake Quilting Challenge! You get to design a quilt and play with fabrics, we hand out prizes and publicize the winners! The deadline…

common threads welcome

Common Threads 2016 – Sewing for a Cause

Last week, I had to privilege to participate in Common Threads 2016, an annual sewing conference put on by Tacony, the people who bring you Baby Lock sewing, serging and embroidery machines, as well as Madeira thread and many other products (including vacuum cleaners—who knew?). The conference brings together sewing and quilting bloggers and media…

tent sale

Hunting for Quilt Fabric Bargains – Tent Sale Tales

The annual Keepsake Quilting Tent Sale has become a tradition for quilters wanting great bargains on top-quality quilt fabric, kits, batting, patterns, and tools. Here’s the story of this year’s sale and how you can still participate–no matter where you are! They marked their calendars in February. They came from New York, Ohio, Quebec, North…

pinwheel block table runner

Pressing Tips for Pinwheel Blocks Strip Sets

Today we have a guest post from one of our favorite designers, Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I had the pleasure of meeting Lynette at Quilt Market in Utah last month, and she is just as lovely and pleasant as her designs. Today, she shows how pinwheel blocks can add a festive touch to your summer…

t shirt quilts

T-Shirt Quilts and More Quilt Patterns for Guys

What makes a great going-off-to-college gift, first apartment gift, or special occasion gift for a man? A quilt, of course! Men appreciate memory quilts, t-shirt quilts, wall-hangings, patriotic quilts and bed quilts. You just have to match the pattern and style to the man and the occasion. Here are some tips for choosing quilt patterns…

flying geese quilt

How to Make Flying Geese Quilt Units

Quilts with flying geese units find fans among quilters of all types. Depending on the size, formation, and colors used, flying geese quilts can look antique or modern. You can use flying geese for borders or fill an entire quilt top with them. Traditionally, flying geese blocks consist of one large triangle in one color…

river rock block of the month

Benefits of BOMs (Block of the Month Quilts)

Do you have UFOs piling up? Do you want to make a large quilt but don’t think you have the time? Or you want to get started quilting but the thought of a big project overwhelms you? Or maybe the cost of purchasing all that fabric at once doesn’t fit your budget. What if I…