Penny Squares – Baby Quilt

Hello, It would appear that we inadvertantly went on a Summer holiday and stopped blogging. We are back now.

Do you like my little quilt? I bought it in California about 20 years ago in a small antique mall. It is a baby’s quilt and has beautiful embroidered children styled blocks.


The quilt is made up of hand embroidered squares known as Penny squares which were used as a subscription incentive by newspapers from the 1860’s up to the 1930’s.
This quilt is embroidered in blue, which most probably for a little boy, I just love the centre square,”Tell me that you love me”. I think this is why I bought the quilt and I recall paying just $20 for it. Every other square is hand tied with embroidery thread





When held up to the light, it is possible to see the cotton bols and seeds as its settled into the seperate blocks.
Wouldn’t this quilt make a lovely project in different coloured threads to give it a modern feel or even in the tradtional redwork.



I have been playing about with the blocks. I have embroidered the centre block in the traditional redwork and then the goat in two colours with a variagated brown thread and a light green for the foliage. The quilt is over 100 years old and is quite lovely. Ann x


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