Wednesday, September 7, 2022


The Inspirations of Missie Carpenter – Designer for Blank Quilting Corp.

Tell us about yourself.

I live in the Des Moines, Iowa area but we spend quite a bit of time in southwest Missouri on Tablerock Lake.  My husband and I, our daughters and their families love spending time at the home on the lake where I grew up.  We’ve updated the old family home recently, and I’ve really enjoyed filling the walls with quilts! (My full-time home doesn’t have good walls for hanging quilts.)  The picture below shows an antique quilt on the left, and a quilt I made on the right, hanging at the lake house.  Pops of color along with the neutral tones lend way to a modern farmhouse style.

We keep the lake house very neat and tidy so it’s a nice retreat, but my home is filled with “work”- meaning lots of lovely fabrics, threads, and other supplies we quilters need for creating!  Both places are equally my happy place.  When I learned to quilt back in the 90’s, a few friends and I had a weekly small group for stitching in the evenings.  I learned to hand stitch during this time and to this day, it’s a rare day that I don’t pick up my needle and thread to do a little stitching.  I love handwork and it helps me relax before a busy workday and helps me wind down in the evenings.  A project is always nearby in my “nest” – my spot in the living room.  If you do handwork, you totally understand what I mean by my “nest”!  I have everything I need right next to me in an antique spool cabinet as my side table.  It’s definitely my happy place!

What inspires you?

I love antique quilts!  They are my greatest inspiration for designing fabrics as well as quilts.  Sewing window treatments in the ‘90s gave me access to many historical homes and many of the fabrics chosen were similarly styled like the fine fabrics used in the 1800’s in high end homes of the day.  It gave me the desire to study fabrics, collect scraps and begin my little antique quilt collection.  I strive to find well-loved antiques that have many fabrics in them and lots of age to the overall condition of the quilts. This aged condition fed my desire for rustic, primitive design found in the mid-western states I’ve lived in.  I love the texture found in old fabrics whether it comes from a design element or the wear that time creates.  The quilts shown here are the typical style of most of the quilts in my collection; not too fancy, but beautiful in their own way!

Tell us about your fabric.

As I began creating my own quilt designs around 2001, the business name Traditional Primitives came to mind as it described my style perfectly.  I struggled to find fabrics that fit this description and it’s a dream come true to design my version of traditional fabrics with a touch of primitive style for Blank Quilting now!  The result is traditional prints with a good bit of texture added.  For me, it’s all about color… I love saturated, rich, earthy, jewel tones – shades of reds, browns, blues, teals, golds, greens and purples.  This quilt, Delightful Garden, was a very exciting quilt to make.  It was the first quilt made entirely of my own fabric collections.  I was thrilled at how the collections blended so well.   My collections can be collected, treasured and used in the future together!

My last line which can most likely still be found in shops is called The Ashton Collection.  It also has been a great collection for me to work with!  I’ve loved the border print and the colorful flowers and birds have been such fun.  You’ll find several free patterns on the website using these fabrics, and several patterns on my website as well. 

I teach applique at events throughout the country.  The techniques I use for starch basting the shapes and then sewing them on the background makes it easy to sew by hand or machine.  I realize making fancy quilts is not for everyone and my next collection, Garden Club, includes a panel giving those who don’t do applique like the quilt above, a chance to make a quilt like this!  The free download patterns for the quilts shown below are available on the Blank Quilting website.  The only construction in the first quilt is the 16 simple blocks that surround the center panel.  The corner blocks are part of the panel, and the fancy border print finishes off the quilt easily!  It’s very easy construction!  So much can be done with the border print, using the elements of the print in different ways.  I love offering projects that any level of quilter can make whether the quilter is a beginner or advanced.

This next quilt made from the Garden Club collection is also an easy project without using the panel or border print and works well in a traditional styled home or a more modern home.   I strive to design fabrics that will warm a home and pull folks in to enjoy the rich colors. 

Courtney, my first 108” collection has just been released also.  I am thrilled to have these fabrics to back my quilts with! 

Courtney 108″ Collection

Full pictures of the free quilts can be seen at

What advice do you have for the new maker? 

Don’t ever get discouraged!  We are all beginners when we start a new craft like quilting.  So often I hear from new quilters that they could never make this or that quilt they see.  I’m here to tell you that you can do it!  I teach many beginners who are thrilled to find out that they can make detailed quilts very easily!   It just takes the right information to learn what you need to know.  Reach out to other quilters for advice when needed.  Most are happy to help!

Enjoy the process.  It’s not always about getting a quilt done in a weekend but enjoying the process!


Readers can contact Missie at

Her website is  and has informative videos and an interesting blog along with many pretty things.  Missie is the creator of unique notions used for English Paper Piecing and Applique’.  She loves English Paper Piecing, Applique’, Wool Applique’ and Punchneedle projects.

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Thanks for stopping by today and as always, Take Care,


Sunday, July 24, 2022

Well, it’s official!  I can now let you all know I will be teaching at The Academy of Applique once again in 2023!  Wow, it’s hard to get in all the good things about the Academy…it’s such a wonderful experience!  Just imagine several hundred women who love Applique as much as you do!  Friends, food, fun and don’t forget Sewing!  

Visit the for details and get on the newsletter to see the class catalog on Aug 22nd.  Join me and we’ll have a blast! 

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Join Me at The New England Quilt Seminars Sept 25-30, 2022!

It is so humbling and rewarding to receive an email from a customer who enjoys what I’ve taught them!  It really made my day to receive these words from a special lady after taking a workshop this spring.

“I have been working on Delightful Garden (shown in the last photo) from the workshop (I’m doing four big blocks) and I had to stop and write you.  For something so complicated looking, your technique is amazingly EASY and FAST!!  I am breezing through all four blocks like nobody’s business.  I didn’t pick up my project again until last month (life happens), but I am already through the centers and long stems for all four plus the hexies for one swag, AND I have ALL of the tiny stems made for all four blocks!  Two of my centers are stitched down!  This is so much fun!  Thank you for an easy, gorgeous project!!  Sincerely, Carol C”

If you’d like to have success like this on the quilt shown here, Nana’s Garden Club, join me at The New England Quilt Seminars this fall in New Hampshire!  Details at  Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Take care,  Missie

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The registration is open for the New England Quilt Seminars hosted by David Taylor Quilts.  I’m thrilled and look forward to this event so much!  12 students for 5 days to have lots of one on one time of instruction on English Paper Piecing and Applique’.  This will be awesome to really focus on improving the techniques used in the quilt.  We’ll get a huge start on the class project, Nana’s Garden Club.  This quilt has a big block center with EPP and Applique.  I love teaching Starch Basting and helping students achieve excellent results.  It’s so rewarding to see the excitement of a student when they have success using the techniques I love.  ❤️  These techniques help make fancy quilts go together wonderfully!  

Join me won’t you?  Click HERE for detailed info!  The New England Quilt Seminars is held in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and looks to be a beautiful setting!  I hope to see you there! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Monday, December 27, 2021

I’ll be Teaching at New England Quilt Seminar Sept 2022!

 Hello and Happy New Year!  Christmas 2021 has passed…well almost!  We have another family celebration starting today and then, we’ll move on to 2022!  We have enjoyed the kids and grand babies so much this last week.  A few more days of snuggles and we’ll be back to the regular life events.  

Here’s a photo of our first half of Christmas celebration.  We’re missing my middle daughter’s family so we’ll do another official photo in the coming days with everyone!  The weather has been so nice we didn’t even need coats for the Christmas Eve church service!  We don’t get mild winter weather in Des Moines too often so it was a nice change!  

As the title of this post mentions, I will be teaching at a new event for me… the New England Quilt Seminars hosted by David Taylor Quilts.  I’m thrilled and look forward to this event so much!  12 students for 5 days to have lots of one on one time of instruction on English Paper Piecing and Applique’.  This will be awesome to really focus on improving the techniques used in the quilt.  We’ll get a huge start on the class project, Nana’s Garden Club.  This quilt has a big block center with EPP and Applique.  I love teaching Starch Basting and helping studenTs achieve excellent results.  It’s so rewarding to see the excitement of a student when they have success using the techniques I love.  ❤️

Join me won’t you?  Registration is February 11th.  Click HERE for detailed info!  The New England Quilt Seminars is help in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and looks to be a beautiful setting!  I hope to see you there! 

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Complimentary Pattern Now Available! (And New email subscription gadget)

Hey ya'll!  Pop over to my website at and check out my new blog post.  I'll just be giving you a heads up when I make a new post from now on. It takes too much time do do the posts here and there on the site.  Thanks for understanding!  I've got a complimentary pattern posted there and a link to get you all the rest of the patterns in the Quilt Around the Block- US Tour!  It's nearing the end, so don't dally too long!

I've also updated my email subscription gadget.  If you were on my email list before you should still be receiving the notifications of my posts.  Thanks for sticking around!
As always,
Take Care,

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Old School BOM- Basting EPP with Starch!

I’m thrilled to be involved in this Old School BOM project!  It’s always so good to learn some basics for quilting, as well as something new!  Thanks to Kim for including me and giving me the opportunity to show you all something “old school” done in a new way.   We'll be making an old school Hexie block with a fussy cut center.

When I started quilting one of the first quilts I wanted to make was a quilt with hexagon blocks.  I have an old quilt my Memaw made in the 30’s and it is one of my favorite antiques for sure.  Generally, Hexagon quilts are made using traditional hand piecing or the English Paper Piecing method.  The English Paper Piecing method is what interested me.  (EPP).  This means the quilter has a hexagon shape made from thick paper.  It is positioned on the wrong side of the fabric and the seam allowances are folded over the paper and basted in place.  I tried to baste hexie after hexie but I just couldn’t hold that paper still enough to have a good shape in the end.  The paper would shift and move at each turn and before long, I had no seam allowance left to turn over the paper!  No matter which tricks I used, I could not do a good job! 

Years later I was preparing some applique’ shapes using freezer paper and starch and it dawned on me that perhaps this would work for basting EPP shapes.  It worked like a charm, but after a while, I realized I needed some tools (notions) that were not available.  My husband encouraged me to start designing what I needed and we now have a line of EPP and Applique' notions for Starch Basting.  I've got a few videos on my website that tell you all about the technique and notions, and shows you just how to use them.  Take a look HERE and after watching you'll be ready to begin the block.  Try to watch the second video listed (from your PC or Android device) as it is the most recent.  If you don't have a PC,  you can watch the first video loaded.  The rest are nice to watch too! 

The basics of this technique are:  

1-Make the hexie template from a double layer of freezer paper.  

2-Cut fabric 1/4" larger on all sides of the hexie.

3-Iron the template to the wrong side of the fabric.

4-Paint the seam allowance with starch.

5-Fold the seam allowance onto the template and iron until dry with a mini iron.

6-Let the hexie cool and remove the template.  Repeat, repeat, repeat!

7-Sew the hexies together...YAY!

When you finish getting educated on this method from the videos, download the PDF file HERE .  You'll need to complete the checkout process, but don't worry, I will not ask for your credit card info or spam you!  This is just the way my website requires you to get the download.  Upon checkout completion a Purchase Confirmation box will pop up and you can get the download DIRECTLY FROM THIS BOX.  That's the easiest way to find the link.  😊 An email will also be sent with the link to get the download.

You can make the hexie with a fussy cut center as shown above, or if you'd rather have a block full of hexies, you'll need to make a few more and fill the center as shown below.  I can't wait to see how you make your block with your fabrics when you post in the Old School BOM FB Group!  Have fun and please let me know if you have any questions by asking in the FB group or by sending me an email through the comment form on the website,

These blocks shown here are from a few of my fabric collections with Blank Quilting Corp- The hexies in the first picture are from my current collection, Abby's Treasures- in stores now!  The center and background in the first picture are from my next line, Ashton Collection, shipping to stores in October.  Be sure to tell your local shop to get this one ordered in time!  It has some wonderful prints and border prints!  The center in the second picture is from previous lines, Rustic Homestead and Ginger & Spice.  See more on my website on the Fabrics and Woolen Page as I still have some prints from these past collections available. 

Join the  Old School BOM | Facebook FB group and join the fun to learn the basics of quilting! Here is a list of the participating designers sharing our lessons, tips and tricks.  
Mar 12 '21- Quilt Jane
Apr 12 '21- Missie Carpenter, Traditional Primitives
May 12, '21- Natalie Santini, Sew Hungry Hippie
June 12, '21- Kerry Goulder, Kid Giddy
July 12, '21- GoGo Kim
Aug 12, '21- Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell
Sept 12, '21- Yvonne Fuchs, Quilting Jetgirl
Oct 12, '21- Pat Sloan
Nov 12, '21- Katy Cameron, The Littlest Thistle
Dec 12, '21- Sherri Falls, This and That Patterns

Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,