I first learned about Redwork from a quilting client, who commissioned me to finish an 1892 Redwork quilt top she had found for $5.00 at a garage sale. Then, another client (and friend) gave me an antique Penny Square Redwork quilt, made in 1904. Not long after, I invested in an embroidery sewing machine since I knew I would not have the patience to hand-embroider, and began the Penny Square Project.
For these quilts, I use the term Penny Square loosely. Block size varies, thread color varies, and quilt designs vary. Some use new fabrics, some use thrift store shirts and vintage linens and fabrics from estate sales. What they all have in common, though, is the element of outline-stitched machine embroidery.