Monday, November 16, 2020

Sugar Cookie Snowflakes

The time is finally here to tell you about my new Mystery Stitch Along - Sugar Cookie Snowflakes!  I’m so excited to get you all started on this project with me.  

Sugar Cookie Snowflakes is inspired by two antique snowflake quilts I own.  These quilts are my favorite antiques from my small antique quilt collection.  This will be a Mystery Stitch Along beginning about November 20th.  Just in time for winter stitching fun! The photos of the green and pink quilts are the antiques and the red and blue pics are samples from the quilt we'll make together in this Stitch Along.  I couldn't resist snapping a pic with my granddaughter Kenzie on the pink snowflake quilt and she's posing in a smocked bubble I made for her mom when she was a baby. 

The program will last 3 months with 3 shipments which will include the free pattern and fabrics needed for the quilt.  We are encouraging pre-orders so we can have supplies ready to go by mid November.  Thanks!  We'll also host an exclusive FB group for those who have purchased the pattern with access to Missie and others who are making the quilt.  Lots of pictures and fun will be happening there!  To subscribe to this program, please review the product choices on the website and call me to place your order if you need help.  

There are quite a few details for you to check out on the website, but we'll get through it together 🤗.  Go to TraditionalPrimitives com, click Sugar Cookie Snowflakes and then below the introduction click on the product listing.  Many thanks to Julee Prose who helped me get started on designing the blocks for this Stitch Along!  Sometimes you really need a gal pal to brainstorm with! 🤗

As always, thanks for stopping in and take care,


Monday, October 12, 2020

FREE Download Today! (10/12/20)

 Come and get it while it’s free!  Today you'll find Sweet Snowy Owls as a free download on my website! It will be listed as a free download until 10/13/20 at 10 am central time.  Click HERE and then scroll down to the pattern description where you'll find the link.  

Please take a look at the kits and other items suggested to make the block successfully.  With the purchase of the kit you'll receive a free printed pattern which includes preprinted freezer paper for the templates, showing you our new product Needle Turn and Wool Applique Freezer Paper.  It’s a great freezer paper for making templates!  

You’ll also find instructions for making this runner shown along with the woolens needed to add the trees and tabs with pennies to the block or to join with the other designers listed in the pattern description to make the runner.  A fun project for fast approaching winter!  

The group project is explained in the description section of the pattern listing also.  
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the pattern!
Take care, Missie

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Gettin' Creative!


Getting Creative!

Posted by Missie Carpenter on Sep 20th 2020

A while back showed you my latest fabric line, Barn Dance.  It’s been so much fun making quilts with this fabric!  Very soon, I can show you, but for now, it must remain a secret!  Barn Dance is out in stores now so please check your local fabric shop for yardage.   The next line to be released in December is Abby’s Treasures and I was lucky enough to get some strike offs to create something very special.  Before I show this to you up close and personal, I’ll tell you a bit about how Abby’s Treasures came to be...

I’ve always been drawn to reproduction fabrics.  I love my colors and I’m sticking to them!  There have been times I’ve ventured out of my “Palette” for a special project now and then, but I always come back to the reproduction tones.  Rich, deep earthy colors speak to me and bring out the best in my designs.  They are always like a gift when I dig in and start choosing fabrics for a new design.  My collections with Blank Quilting Corporation are just what I need when I start creating...a full range of lovely color and texture!  This collection is available in fat quarter bundles...what a sweet gift indeed. :-}


Many times, people will ask what inspires the fabrics I create.  Each line has been inspired by different experiences in my life, but Abby’s Treasures was inspired by antique quilts.  I have a small collection and in recent years, I am really learning to appreciate fabrics from the past.  I’ve always been attracted to fabrics and textiles, but lately I’ve been very interested in dating fabrics and learning about how they were printed, and about the women who made quilts in the past.  I am amazed at how they made quilts without modern tools we have today!  We are spoiled! A good thing I must say!  

My Dad made me a tall quilt ladder a few years ago and I love it so much. It is always covered with quilts and it’s my favorite way to display antiques. Many times I am drawn to that corner and find myself studying fabrics. Such beauty in the simple, and sometimes very complex shapes. 


As I study the simple antique quilts I own, certain fabrics jump out at me and become favorites. I love quilts from the mid 1800’s with their tiny, busy prints...just my style! I am drawn to quilts that have LOTS of different fabrics in them.  I started snapping pictures of my favorites and started a picture collection to use for design inspiration for Abby’s Treasures.   (That middle picture is not from the mid 1800's but has lots of fun prints.)                               

If you have seen my earlier lines, you may have noticed they are full of texture.  What is texture on a flat piece of cotton?  Printed texture...wools, streaks, rug hooking, old stain blobs, etc.  If I were going to use the antique fabrics for a new line, I definitely wanted texture added to the old designs.  I’m inspired by texture everywhere and find myself snapping pictures when I come across unique texture.  Sometimes from cracks on a floor or wall, architectural sculptures, wood, countertops or clothing textures like sweaters or different weaves.  As my collection of fabric and texture pictures grew, they were mixed up and combined, added to with doodles here and there and voila!  Abby's Treasures came to be! I am very grateful for the team I work with at Blank Quilting Corporation who hear my wishes and see my vision when I send in an idea and bring it to life!  Each print is a special little treasure... I couldn't do it without them!


When you take a look, you see what looks like reproduction fabrics with added touches of texture with rich tones of earthy colors for any season.  I loved working with these prints on a new quilt called Nana's Garden Club, available next spring after a special teaching event.  Watch for updates and the finish of this beauty.  


I've added a few fabrics from my other lines and a few of other fabrics I have on hand that fit the style.  And I am brought back to what inspires me when I design fabrics...beautiful quilts.  This one isn't an antique, but it will be some day.  It inspires me to get the next collection finalized- I can't wait to show you what's coming next!

Abby's Treasures will be in your local quilt shops in December.  If you like what you see, please let your local shop know to get this collection ordered before it is sold out!  Details can be found by clicking HERE to be taken to Blank Quilting Corporation's website.  You'll also see a free quilt pattern using Abby's Treasures in the link above.  Each block a treasure of its own.  


As always, thanks for taking time to stop by today and read about what inspires me!  

Stay well and Take Care,


Monday, August 10, 2020

Free USA Tour Block Stitch Along!

 I will be joining in another free pattern offering which starts August 2nd!  A block for each state...should be lots of fun!  A block will be released each week for this quilt.  Go to   for details 🤗  Click HERE for info!  

Friday, August 7, 2020

Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long Free Block!

 Hey Hey!  It's my turn to release the block I designed for the Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long on FB! 12 design companies have gathered together to give you a happy reason to stitch- free patterns!  Each week another block is released and we are at week 10 of 12 so far, but it’s not too late to join.  The blocks will be free for a while so you have time to get them al.  You also have the chance to purchase kits for thread and fabric if you wish.  We'd love to have you join us!  Find me on FB or search out the name of the group and request to join.  Get your free download for my block HERE!  Be sure to take a look at the kit and notion info too.  Enjoy! 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Busy Week!

Ahhh, it's always good to wake and have a tall cup of coffee the morning after a busy week, isn’t it?

 As mentioned in my last post, the Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long Group on FB is rolling right along.  Another week finished and this coming week is my turn to release a FREE block for this stitch along!  We offered pre-sales on kits and got them all ready to ship out early so it took us a bit of time to make sure all was ready.  My block will be available tomorrow, Aug. 1st so be sure to click HERE and join the group to get all the FREE downloads. It's been so much fun to see so many blocks completed, each and every one unique and darling!  

Jeff and I did a little happy dance after learning how to print labels in quick fashion!  Haha!  It was my biggest fear I will admit!  I am so thankful for those in the Stitch Along who trusted in us enough to pre order the kits, site unseen.  ❤️  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.   We have our middle daughter and her husband here with us this weekend and it was nice to have their help getting everything into the post office on time.  Thanks "Kids"!  

With no shows to go to, I’m thoroughly enjoying getting the quilts out of the suitcase and hanging them in our home.   It was Rustic Wedding's turn yesterday.  Honestly, I don’t remember if this quilt has ever had the pleasure of hanging in our home for us to enjoy for more than a day!  It is a special quilt because I was inspired by the happy couple above because their wedding was rustic in style.  It always makes me think of their beautiful wedding.  You can see it is a wedding ring block in the center of the quilt with floral Applique accents.  This quilt is layered cotton and wool which adds a bit of extra interest and texture.  The printed cotton applique shape which is under the wool appliqué add a hint of  curiosity from viewers at show and the comment is "What is it that looks so different about this quilt?"  We usually chat for a while and eventually it is decided they are seeing the interest added from the cotton applique layer in the wedding ring blocks.  When it comes to wool appliqué, this little tid bit of layered applique is what I’m known for.  You can see the prime example in the quilt, Pennies In My Garden on the website HERE.  Once on the website, hold your mouse over these quilts and you will see them up close for detail.  

Have a blessed day and as always, thank you for stopping by!  
Take care, Missie
PS...with the mention of no shows to attend this year, I welcome you to take a peek at all the goodies on the website and help us empty this house a bit!  😉  We are filled to the rafters with merchandise and no place to offer it to quilters!  Know someone who is missing shopping?  I invite you to share my post so they may feel the need to check out my website to help us with our problem in the house right now!  😂🤣😂

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Where Has The Time Gone?!?

Posted by Missie Carpenter on Jul 24th 2020
Wow!  Is it possible that 2020 is more than half over already?!?  I can’t believe what a year it has been.  We started off with a bang at the Road to California Show, then The Rusty Barn Show in Phoenix, a quick stop at home and out to Virginia for the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Academy of Appliqué.  And then the pandemic got ahold of our country, we has a grand baby born in the midst of it and we've been working from home since March.  Wow, what a year with many ups and downs, cancellations, sadness and joy.  
After returning from VA we were able to self quarantine for 2 weeks to make sure we were clean and healthy in order to meet our new granddaughter Kenzie.  She is now 4 months old and brings so much joy!  Here she is with her Mama- such a happy baby- and I could say the same about her Mama!  We are so blessed and thankful to be well.                                                       
With our time spent at home so much now, I’ve enjoyed the slower pace we've had due to no shows.  (Even though we have missed the shows terribly!).  Slow stitching has returned and I’ve been working on a few projects I will be able to share with you very soon.  I was able to use some of my previous 3 lines of fabrics with Blank Quilting- Ginger & Spice, Rustic Homestead and Barn Dance along with some strike off's of my 4th and next line Abby's Treasures!  Barn Dance should be in your local quilt shop now and they may have a bit of Rustic Homestead left to sell as well!  If they are sold out at your local shop, I do have some left.  I have plans of adding what I have on hand to my website soon, but if you can’t find it in a shop, please contact me through my website and we can figure out what you need.    ( )

Barn Dance is so fun and festive.  Available in fat quarter bundles!  
Abby's Treasures will be shipped to stores in December.  It's my favorite collection to date!  Please share this news with your local shop to make sure they have it on order.  
We must do our best to focus on the good things in life and stay as healthy as we can.  I hope you are all well!  Stay well and thank you so much for stopping by today!

Woolen Oak Stitch-A-Long

Join me for a wonderful Stitch -A-Long with 11 other designer teams!  I am so blessed to be a part of The Woolen Oak Stitch-A-Long.  It is a FB group and we are giving a way free patterns each week through August.  Each Monday a new pattern is released for you to make a beautiful festive fall quilt.  It's not too late to join so find the group on Facebook and get busy downloading all the free patterns.  We are each offering Fabric and thread kits if you wish to purchase those so that yours looks just like ours.  With so many issues shopping in person these days, this is a great option.  They are So Cute!  This Is the block that was released last Monday from Woolen Needle.  A new block is coming Monday so join now so you can get all the patterns free through the end of August!  If you click on the Woolen Oak Tab on my website you will find a link to the FB group to join.  You can also see my kit info if your interested! 
Thanks for stopping by today!  Take care, 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

News from the Past Few Months!

Hi Gang!
It's been a while since I've had time to post, but I have been very busy indeed.  Since my last post about teaching in my hometown of Springfield, MO, we had a great time in class!  I was so thrilled that all the students loved the techniques taught, and they did an Awesome job!  Merrily We Quilt Along has an exceptional classroom and knows how to put on a good show for sure!!  If you are ever in the area be sure to stop in and so some shopping.  They have a great selection of fabrics and notions of all styles- a little something for everyone!  They are right off Sunshine and 65 so they are very easy to get to.  Last I checked they had a little Rustic Homestead, my second fabric line, left in stock, so be sure to check it out!!  They made the nicest display...💕

Speaking of fabric lines by yours truly, I do have another line called Barn Dance which is being sold to stores now.  Click HERE to see the fabrics up close and personal and be sure to let your local shop know it's time to order now so you can purchase it next May!  Your local shop can call Blank Quilting direct or reach out to their sales rep to place the order.

The colors are rich and will make a great quilt, or two or more! I love these rich tones for mixing up in a scrappy quilt, how about you??

I can't wait to get it in my hands...gotta make something pretty pretty!

Other exciting news is I will be returning to teach at The Academy of Applique' in Williamsburg, VA in early March!  You can check out the classes I'm offering by clicking HERE.   Then click on 2020 classes.  Wait for it to load, as it can take a while.  My classes are shown a few pages into the document.  I only have a few spots left and the sign up deadline is Jan 15, so Hurry Hurry and decide to join me!  I will teach you some advanced applique techniques as well as get you started on my EPP techniques.  The projects are a block for a new quilt, Coeur d'Alene shown below...

I am so thrilled in the look of this beautiful block as I make more blocks to have it down perfect for you when you take the workshop.  The block shown above will be for the workshop and I'll reveal the full sized quilt with 9 blocks at the Academy.  I can't wait to show you!  Won't you come and join so you can see it in person?  

And several blocks and advanced techniques for The Gardens Of A King, which you should already know about if you have followed me for a while!  If you are new here, take a peek on my website at in the English Paper Piecing section.  This quilt is still very popular and I love teaching these difficult looking blocks in a way that makes them go together like magic.  You will learn a lot if you attend!  

The experience of going to the Academy of Applique is so wonderful!  You'll be surrounded by those who love applique' as much as you do!!  The location is stunning and there is so much history all around to explore and learn from.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to have you join me so I can help you become better at Applique'!  I have tips and tricks to make difficult projects easier-I promise!!  Don't forget, the deadline is approaching fast so act quick to save your spot!!

More exciting news is that Jeff and I are expecting our first granddaughter in March!  Paxton is such a joy and makes our hearts so full, but we are so very excited to welcome another into our world.  I've been told for so long the love of a grandparent is special and we know how special it actually is now!  Here's a little collage of the afternoon they found out we will be loving on a "SHE" this time around!

In October the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects was released and I happen to have a quilt in this issue called Winter Blooms!  This magazine is one of my favorites and this issue is quite stunning!  My quilt is inspired by the first blooms we see popping up through the winter snow in late winter... a little old snow with bursts of color greeting us with a smile for Spring!  We have kits and the magazine available on the WEBSITE on the Books and Magazines tab!  They won't last long so grab one while you can. 

Recently, I was quite surprised to learn that my quilt, English Wedding was put on the cover of  the winter issue #134 of Quiltmania!  I was so thrilled and quite honored!  A dream come true...
We have just restocked kits for this and we do have the magazine in stock if you are interested.  You will find it on the English Paper Piecing tab as well as the Books and Magazines tab on the website at .

My last bit of excitement is that we have finally launched our new website!  It has the same web address at  but it looks so much better than my old site.  It works well for mobile devices or computers and we are so happy about that!  Take some time to look around and please let me know what you think!!  I hope you like it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Take Care,

Traditional Primitives