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CottonTail Penny Rug

from Karen Gass
(11) Name: 'Other : CottonTail Penny Rug
CottonTail Penny Rug

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • buttonhole stitch around pieces of wool, cut out precise pieces

Pattern Description:

This was the first penny rug I designed - way back when! It was even published in McCalls Quilting magazine, my first published pattern! I've rewritten the directions, and made it all look all snazzy - well, maybe not snazzy, but nicer than it was before :)

I am intrigued by the history behind Penny Rugs, as I love history AND any kind of textile art/craft. I love the idea of the pioneer woman using up every last scrap of wool, and making something beautiful out of all her wool scraps. Adding color to a house that was perhaps a soddy, or a log cabin with no windows yet. I'm sure I"m romanticizing the entire situation, I realize it was incredibly hard. But, she still found time to create small spots of color and beauty.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14 x 17


  • Wool Felt - 1 yd Ragtime Blue, 8 x 8 Straw, 1/2 yd Cypress Garden, 12 x 12 piece of felted checked wool, 1 ball of black pearle cotton sz 8, 1 ball of white pearle cotton sz 8, glue baste/

You Will Also Need:

  • freezer paper, sharp scissors, pins
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I'm fascinated with all things textile. I sew, quilt, felt, embroider, knit, crochet - almost everything except tatting, which I don't know how to do. I also love to design! I'm married to the best ...

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