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Historical Penny Squares: Embroidery Patterns (Love to Quilt Series) Paperback – April, 1996


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About the Author

A native of Buffalo, New York, Willa Baranowski combines her experience as a teacher and her passion for quilting by teaching quilting across the United States. She shares her knowledge of Penny Squares and her collection of authentic 1900 Penny Square patterns. In 1991, she developed Willa Bee Studio, a line of circa 1915 Penny Square (redwork) embroidery patterns. The second book in the AQS Love to Quilt series, "Penny Squares" is Willa's first writing endeavor. She shows quilters how to create their own bit of history with the simple art of a Penny Square. For quilt historians, pattern collectors, and creative quilters, Willa tells stories and offers insight into the spirit of the quiltmakers' lives who developed the Penny Square designs. Her research concentrates on the pre-1915 Penny Square quilts where themes like flowers, animals, baskets, famous people, and nursery rhymes were all used in the same quilt.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891458794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891458791
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dianna Blair on March 21, 2013
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I really think that this book should be rated at only 2 stars, but there is some positive value in the book...if you look for it. I bought this book thinking that, according to the title, it would be a book of designs that were historically accurate as representative of the time when red work, or single color work, was most popular. I won't go in to a lesson on red work here, it really is a fascinating story, especially if you are interesting in history. While the book has some wonderful period designs, I was disappointed in the limited offerings. I am however very disappointed is the fact that none of the designs featured on the cover of the book are actually offered in the book. In fact, most of the block designs of the quilts shown in the book are not a part of the book. The only positive value of this book is that it does contain some historically accurate designs that can be transferred for embroidering.

While I am disappointed in this book, it is a fair book for reference of embroidery designs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Mae Broege on April 18, 2011
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This book was very dissapointing,the writings on the history of redwork are good but the designs offered are very basic and generic and there are very few color pictures or examples of redwork quilts,overall I was very dissapointed with this book and would advise others not to pay the high price that sellers are currently asking for it,there are much better books out there on redwork.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis M. Rudz on February 29, 2000
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Since I helped in the process of the book, I feel it is a comprehensive study of the history of Penny Squares. Willa took copious notes from various people while touring quilt shows and passed the history of some squares in this book. This was the first book on Penny Squares when it was published, since then many more have been written.
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