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.
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 ...
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 husband in the world, and together we have 7 children, and 18 grandchildren.
I was born sewing. Pretty much, I started sewing my own clothes when I was 9 yrs old, and now I'm over 50. Then I started designing, and writing quilt patterns. I have published one Quilt Book called Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy. You can still buy it on Amazon. Yes, Karen Murphy. As soon as it was published, I got married! So much for all that name recognition! We live in Joplin, MO, where thankfully, the tornado of May 2011 missed us. I also have a job (I still work at home though) as Editor of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. It's online (we save trees) and focus on Quilt Patterns! I love all my work, and could happily give up all housecleaning and cooking in order to keep working. Some might say that I have. They might be right. But I do try to keep the dust bunnies corralled as best I can.