For more than 20 years, as a quilter and several years as a shop owner, Ohio-based Penny Haren has been developing and teaching techniques that make it quick, easy and fun for quilters —even beginners—to create intricate blocks with stunning results. Her technique, Pieced Appliqué™, eliminates y-seams; inset points and curves from even the most complicated blocks. Quilts and blocks that you might never have considered are now not only possible but a breeze.
Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué™, and the sequel, Pieced Appliqué™ More Blocks & Projects, feature 25 different blocks that were created using her techniques. Pieced Appliqué™ Intricate Blocks Made Easy, the third in the series of block patterns, was released in March, 2010.
Her third book, Weekend Projects, was released in August, 2009. It includes 12 patterns that incorporate six inch blocks. You can make any of your favorite blocks – from any of her books - and sew them into a variety of settings to create a diverse of projects. These projects require one to thirteen blocks and include a bulletin board, several table runners, placemats, a mantle cover, a throw, table cover, etc.
She has also designed the “Square It Up and Fussy Cut” rulers for Creative Grids™ that help add the “ahhh” factor to all of your projects. There are holes drilled in the rulers so that you can center a design in your fabric right where you want it – quickly and easily. The square rulers are now available in 6 ½”; 8 ½” 9 ½”; 12 ½”; 14 ½” and 16 ½” sizes. The rectangle measures 4 ½” x 8 ½” – you can use it to fussy cut rectangles and flying geese units. The triangle is available in 6 ½” and 12 ½” sizes. They ALL have the holes!
She now designs fabric for Henry Glass. Her first line – 1,2,3 Down by the Sea was released in June, 2010.
Penny is also developing a line of quality notions that are only available through Independent Quilt Shops. “Batting by the Bolt” is 100% cotton batting that is 60” wide so it works with 60” wide backings with absolutely no waste. The projects designed with her new fabric line are created to work with this product. It is folded and rolled on a bolt so freight costs are reduced and quilt shops can store it on a shelf with their other fabrics.
“Print n Fuse” is an iron on fusible web that can be run through a printer! You no longer have to trace the pattern pieces onto the product before you begin. Designers such as Nancy Halvorsen are now providing PDF’s on their websites so customers can download the templates from the book directly onto the Print n Fuse!
In her “spare time”, Penny consults with and writes the newsletter for Checker Distributors, the most diverse distributor of books, patterns, notions and fabrics serving the independent quilting, sewing and needlearts retailer worldwide. She also writes a notions column for Fab Shop News – a bi-monthly publication for shop owners.