Sears & Roebuck used to offer "penny squares" ~ little pieces of muslin with a printed pattern that were sold for 1 penny each. A very special treat for the ladies of this time period.
For some time, I've dreamed of creating a Redwork Bible Quilt of my very own. I looked and looked for just the right pattern and finally discovered exactly what I needed in a child's Bible story coloring book.
My quilt will have 42 8" blocks ~ each depicting a page in Bible history or a Biblical truth. This weekend I completed my first stitched block. It's my hope to complete at least one block each week ... more would be wonderful ... but realistically I think I can complete at least one. Best of all, my mom will be creating a similar quilt along with me!
Here is my first block:
It is lying on two fabric samples. One is a homespun gingham and the other is a deep crimson cotton print. Each block will eventually be framed in a 1 inch border. Which do you prefer?
If you would like to learn to embroider, I found a wonderful website called Needle'N Thread by Mary Corbet. She has created a free on-line video library of short one-minute tutorials for many common embroidery stitches, including the backstitch which is the only stitch I used in my Redwork block.
Be sure to stop by Leslie of My Country Home to see what other ladies are working on this Wednesday.