Monday, August 4, 2014

New Notions! The Starch Brush and Premium Quilting Starch~ Drawing, and a Special Request!

I have a new tool I'd like to share with you! For now, I'm calling it Missie's Favorite Starch Brush...never again do I need to dip my brush into the starch, paint a few inches, dip again, and so on. This brush has a reservoir that holds the starch right in the handle!! I am so excited to offer this to you so that your starch prep for English Paper Piecing and Appliqué will be easier than ever!
It has a cap to keep the brush protected and sealed.
And here is what it looks like. Pretty cool!
I've created a special starch product that comes in a bottle so it is very easy to fill the brush!  It's called Premium Quilting Starch.  To fill the handle with starch simply squirt it into the handle!

I hold it just like a pen, give it a gently squeeze now and then to release the starch... You can see above that the brush is wet with starch. I barely squeeze at all and a little bit of starch starts to come. It is very controlled and works really well!
Prep all the seams, nice and quick by painting the starch onto the seam allowance!
Iron the seam allowance over onto the freezer paper template (double layer remember) with a dry iron.
For the smallest pieces, use My Favorite Finger Stilleto so your skin does not feel ANY heat from the iron.

The area that's pressed nice and flat is laying on the solid white paper pointing towards the upper right corner of the picture...see how nice that curved edge is pressed?
When using this technique to prep Appliqué or English Paper Pieces, your pieces will be as perfect as your shapes. This is how I am able to piece blocks I could never do on the sewing machine!
And here is an example of what YOU can do using this simple technique and a few great tools you can find on my website if you are interested... Traditional Primitives from Missie Carpenter. You will find some EPP Pincushion Patterns on the Quilt Page and these handy tools on the Notions Page. Our tools make the job at hand so much easier and pleasant to do! Give them a try today! ( This new pattern will be coming soon!)
Now, I know those of you who have signed up for the drawing are anxiously waiting for the winner... I will give it one more day and draw the name tomorrow morning. If you have not entered, look back a few posts and you will find the details. I am sweetening the pot by adding in one of my new Starch Brushes, my favorite EPP thread and Needles, along with a thimble, a few EPPs ready to prep, some Roxanne's Glue and that Darling little Sewing Machine Case!! Get signed up today for a chance to win!
Now, for a special request... are there any rug hookers out there who would be willing to make a sample for me? I have been asked to offer elements of my designs as hooked rug patterns and I can't seem to find time to get any done! Please let me know if you are interested in helping me out! Thanks so much!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to try English Paper Piecing the way I love to prep it...with starch!

Take care,


  1. You know how some ideas are just brilliant? Well, that's one of them. I use starch and more than once have come close to spilling as I've dipped the brush into the dish...ha ha, not any longer. Thanks for sharing this tip and making the brushes available.

  2. That sounds like a great tool to have. I haven't had time to hook myself and usually I do it in the winter when it is cold, lol.


  3. What a great tool - no fuss, no muss! This is a great technique for accurate EPP!

  4. Looks like a very interesting tool. I am new to Hexagons thanks to K aren H Lol think I will try glue starch. Your quilts are beautiful.

  5. It looks wonderful to use and interesting. This would be a great tool and also gifts for other quilters. Love your quilts Sally

  6. Looks wonderful. I can't wait until September when you visit our guild.

  7. How do you get the paper out after sewing them together?