How Primitive Pennies came to be

Designer Mari Martin came into the office one day and showed off some amazing pillows she was working on.  They were felted wool and Osnaburg, with amazing applique and embroidery detail.  I fell in love with them and was instantly inspired!  I really do love folk art of many forms and thought it would be really great to create a collection based on primitive folk art. This is something we haven’t done yet and Primitive Pennies is the result.  I’m attracted to the simplicity and charm of primitive folk art. I just love the quirky, unpolished and handmade feel that this art style embodies.  (The below images are Mari’s personal projects, these patterns and designs are from Wooden Spool Designs, which we do not sell on our site)

I love that we did Primitive Pennies in cotton sheeting, but also some of the prints in flannel. I think it’s such a fun way to offer this collection.  That way it appeals to all types of quilters.

The focal American Folk Art (which comes in both sheeting & flannel) incorporates many primitive elements: hearts, stylistic flowers, pennies, and “postage stamp” motifs.  The black ground makes all the colors pop so nicely too!

I also just had to include a penny rug inspired print, hence Penny Stitch.  I love the movement in this print!

Mari used a wool yarn dyed plaid that I absolutely loved. I created Cozy Plaid to have that feeling.  It’s challenging to duplicate a felted yarn dyed look into a print, but I think it turned out well.

Homefelt Floral and Rustic Berries are pleasing and versatile coordinates for this group.

My favorite quilt of this collection is Prints on Point Quilt by Bloom Creek. I personally have first dibs on getting this quilt sample when and if it’s available.  It’s such a great use of all the prints and colors, but also I love the high contrast neutral ground!

Mari did such a great job with her Penny Wise Quilt, it incorporates the penny rug design as well as tongue (scallop) details so nicely.

X-Actly What You Need Wallet is such a wonderful design by Susan Terpin.  The style and attention to detail is so fantastic!  Hands down one of the best “handmade” wallets I’ve ever seen!

Penny A Thought Flannel Table Topper by Mari Martin is another great kit!  It really mimics a primitive design, as a round topper with tongues, pennies, applique, and embroidery!  I think this would be great for the holidays or anytime!

I hope you enjoy my take on primitive folk art an
d enjoy all the wonderful kits in both the sheeting and flannel!!


  1. Teri - December 16, 2013

    I love how different the projects turned out, just the use of a dark background versus a light background changes the whole feel. And the focal print has such great detail, great job as always Jenni!

  2. Joy Gross - December 17, 2013

    Your so talented! Love it!

  3. Jenni - December 19, 2013

    Aww shucks ladies! You’re making me blush. Thank you!