Born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, Patsy Carpenter loves the open road. She has travelled up and down the state and across the country with her co-pilot, best friend and husband of 45 years, Randy Carpenter. They met Patsy’s senior year in high school and have been inseparable ever since.
While on one of their excursions, Patsy and Randy walked into a quilt shop and there, displayed like a prized piece of art, was Judy Niemeyer’s Amazon Star. Patsy fell in love! She turned to her husband and said, “When I retire, I’m going to make that quilt.” Having never made a quilt before, she had no idea what it would entail.
A few months later, Patsy retired, and true to her word, she got started on her goal. Garment sewing had become second nature to her, as she’s been doing it since the seventh grade. She switched gears to learn quilting, bought herself a new sewing machine, and began her first quilt. She not only caught the quilting bug, but her home soon became infested with quilts. Within her first two years, she made over 100 quilts!
Patsy’s love of that Judy quilt never escaped her mind, so she tackled her first Judy quilt: a king-sized Bali Wedding Star. After mastering Judy’s paper-piecing technique, Patsy decided to make her second Judy quilt: the one she had seen hanging in that quilt shop, The Amazon Star.
After taking two classes at her local quilt shop, Patsy became interested in the Certified Instructor program. She contacted Quiltworx and her journey began. Now entering her third year as a Quiltworx Certified Instructor, she has made over 70 of Judy’s designs.
Patsy shares her love of Judy’s quilts and paper-piecing techniques with every student she meets. That same passion has led her to become one of Judy’s most sought-after instructors. Patsy feels the best environment for creating is one where no pressure is felt and a relaxed, fun atmosphere is established.
Always supportive of her students, Patsy wants nothing more than to see them succeed and excel. She is committed to teaching and guiding her students every step of the way. Her keen eye for color, value, and texture allows her to assist students and quilt shops in creating project choices and kits for their classes. Always available for her students, she communicates via phone, email, and through her Facebook page: PacRac Creations.