Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives has been sewing in one form or another since she was about 10 years old. Majoring in Fashion Merchandising at the University of Missouri, she was exposed to Design using fabric and illustration, which has led to her current passion in the quilting industry.
Missie has found her favorite style of stitching and settled on Wool Applique, Punch Needle, Applique’ and English Paper Piecing - using starch, special freezer paper, and original notions for Applique’ and EPP. She has videos on her website, www.TraditionalPrimitives.com and an informative blog, which touch on her unique technique for basting English Paper Piecing and Applique’ as well as highlight her love of layering cotton and wool. Missie enjoys sharing her knowledge with quilting students and loves to help students succeed in their handwork.
Her design style is traditional with a touch of primitive and she has a unique way of using many cottons, textures and wools to create quilts, wall hangings and other projects. Designing fabric has been a dream of recent years and she is very excited to make her visions come true with Blank Quilting Corporation, creating fabrics of traditional style with that touch of primitive that she loves. She has had quilts published in Primitive Quilts and Projects, Quiltmania , Simply Vintage and Quilts & More as well as the AQS Engagement Calendar. She was also a guest on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.
She has created a line of notions that are used with her unique way of basting English Paper Piecing with Starch. The booklet Starch Basting Technique for English Paper Piecing and Applique, Fingertip Stiletto, Starch Brush, Premium Quilting Starch, Premium Freezer Paper, Hexie Pressing Mat and Needles for Applique, EPP and Wool are products that Missie and her husband Jeff produce together. They have been working full time together for several years and enjoying working together, traveling and meeting new people.
Dena has over 20 years of teaching experience. A precision piecer and Marti Michell Grand Ruler, Dena is also an avid appliquer. Applique Away on Galveston Bay, The Houston Quilt Festival and various quilt shops and guilds fill her resume. Her applique roots are grounded in Baltimore Album, however, her love is broderie perse having been a student and friend of Cynthia Collier’s since she moved from Georgia to Texas. Dena looks at quilting as a journey that leads you from one technique to another.
Born in West Virginia, Dena’s grandmother was a quilter making quilts more for necessity to keep a large family warm, more than beauty. Although Dena never witnessed her grandmother quilt, she owns several quilts she created and her prized procession is one that was made just for her.
Dena met her husband David commuting into New York City from New Jersey on a bus to work. They have been married over 37 years and have one son and daughter. Two grandsons fill their lives with joy and they love spending as much time with them as possible.
Teaching is Dena’s passion and she loves passing her love for quilting on to others while having fun doing it. Helping her students on their own quilting journey is something Dena feels privileged to do.
Teri Young, Kara Mason
Teri Young and Kara Mason have been stitching partners for more than 20 years and have been in business together for over seven years. Kara and Teri began teaching at local quilt shops in 2014, focusing on appliqué, embroidery, and ribbon work. They feel honored to have had their original Baltimore Album-style quilt, A Fairy Tale Album, hanging in exhibits in Houston, Chicago, England, and Virginia. They have lectured and taught at guilds internationally, and have taught a series of workshops for the Baltimore Appliqué Society. For the past six years, they have been teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia, and are thrilled to have added Baltimore on the Prairie to their resume. Their most recent quilt designs include In the Garden, Lovely Botanicals, Woodland Reverie, Baltimore Fraktur, Village Wanderings, and Flora and Fauna. Their appliqué designs, whether in wool or cotton, are always brought to life with embellishment of some sort—ribbon, roving, or any fiber that will fit in their needles. Wanting every student to experience success, their teaching style is an encouraging “don’t panic, it’s organic” approach that focuses on enjoying the process while learning new skills. This stitching partnership is now living back on the same side of the pond, but their designs have been greatly influenced by their international travels. Stories and tutorials of their needle adventures are chronicled on their blog, Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye.
Lori Lee Triplett, Business Manager for Quilt and Textile Collections, has successfully combined a variety of passions which include research, writing, and performing into the quilt world. As a lecturer and instructor, she brings her experience from stage, screen, and radio to create presentations that are fun yet educational. Depending on which program she is performing, you may meet one of her guests from abroad, sing-a-long with a song, or even participate in solving a mystery. She enjoys presenting at local quilt guilds, but also presents at national conferences and has made appearances internationally.
As an award-winning writer Lori has written more than 16 books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent book written with her sister, Kay Triplett, Hidden Treasures: Quilts from 1600-1860 was awarded the H. Mark Dunn Research Grant and the Lucy Hilty Research Grant. Their previous book, Pioneer Quilts, examines the great western migration of the pioneers and was so successful it is now only available as an e-book or POD. The book uses 30 different quilts to tell the pioneer story through the eyes of Esther Heinzmann. Indigo Quilts, covers the history of indigo from Africa to America and includes detailed photos of African textiles and antique quilts from the Poos Collection as well as five projects. The Indigo Quilts book received the Lucy Hilty Research Grant and the Meredith Scholar Award. The successful Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection launched in the fall of 2013 and was co-written with Kay Triplett and Xenia Cord.
An award-winning quilter, Lori prefers to work with hand dyed or hand painted fabric to create her art. Her artwork has been featured in multiple exhibitions, websites, publications, and books. She is an international award-winning artist including winning the American Masterpiece award from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018 she received the ARTSKC: Inspiration Grant for a community art project using quilted panels to decorate a playground fence in the inner city. Her artwork has been published in newspapers, magazines, postcards, and calendars. Her solo exhibition, Reflections, traveled for more than a year to a variety of locations. Her art can be found in private and corporate collections, museums, and at the Arts Alliance Gift Shop.
She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, Heartland Quilt Network, The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Baltimore Applique Society and SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates.) She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, and a Master of Arts from the UMKC Theatre Department. Additionally, she has a law degree from UMKC School of Law where she received multiple awards.