Monday, May 9, 2011

Pennies from Heaven by Gretchen Gibbons

Scroll down to see my progress on this quilt!!!!!
Also available as a digital download!!! Pennies from Heaven Digital

Pennies from Heaven is a quilt designed with antique penny rugs in mind, and I love the simple folk art look of penny rugs.  This 50” X 63” quilt is a combination of cotton and wool designs of birds and flowers with each block containing “pennies”.

The book has some general instructions on working with wool, felting wool, wool appliqu√© and a wool color guide.  Also, there are basic embroidery stitches and quilting information.  The “working with wool” section gives the advantages of using wool with fabric.  The beautiful designs and patterns are the main focus of this outstanding book. 

Although the entire Pennies from Heaven quilt is stunning, the patterns in the book can be used as individual blocks for other designs.  There are pillows, wall hangings, table mats, a table runner, and even window treatments. The book contains full-color patterns and the mixture of mediums of wool and cotton makes these designs really interesting.  

Neither machine washing nor dry cleaning is advised, so making the whole quilt is with the understanding that you are making a work of art and not a quilt for everyday use. This is a book that has definitely earned a space on my permanent bookshelves.

Martingale & Company has provided this copy for review, but my reviews are always my honest opinion.

Here are a few photos of my progress on this quilt.  These blocks are not pressed, trimmed, or embellished yet.

(This one is upside down:)


  1. What a beautiful quilt!!! If only I had the talent to reproduce something like that but I'm absolutely hopeless when it comes to any type of crafting. I not very creative and even have a difficult time drawing a straight line with a ruler! lol

    Have you made this stunning piece of art work or are you going too? It would look beautiful as a tapestry on a wall.

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  2. I am seriously considering making this one. I love the penny rugs and would never have thought to bring in the fabric to make a quilt!. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Those are just fantastic! I quilt but only simple squares and no applique!! Fantastic job on the squares!


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