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 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 introduced her innovative, new Pieced Appliqué™ technique at Spring Market in Portland in the Spring of 2008.  She has two more books coming out this Spring - Penny Haren's More Pieced Applique - which includes 25 more advanced block instructions and a project book that includes 12 different patterns that showcase her techniques.

She has also designed the new “Square It Up and Fussy Cut” rulers for Creative Grids that help save time and make quilting even easier. They have been so popular that two new sizes of squares are currently in production - a 14 1/2" and a 16 1/2" square.  These new sizes are great for trimming large appliques; T-shirt quilts; and home dec projects.  Creative Grids is also manfuacturing a triangle and rectangle version so you can fussy cut EVERY shape to your hearts content!  All of these products will be available by Spring Market at Pittsburgh in May of 2009. 

Her technique has been featured in American Patchwork and Quilting and Love of Quilting in 2008.  And, she is currently working on an article that will appear in American Quilter this fall.

In her “spare time”, Penny consults with and writes the newsletter for Checker Distributors, the largest distributor of books, patterns, notions and fabrics serving the independent quilting, sewing and needlearts retailer worldwide.

She also writes a column on notions for the trade publication - FabShop News.  That just started this year - and she is loving the opportunity to try out all of the new gadgets and notions before they hit the market.

Penny is currently working on a new fabric line with Henry Glass.  The fabric - and accompanying patterns will also be introduced in Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.  (This is a trade show for shop owners only.)  These fabrics have nothing to do with her techniques - it is just an idea that is long overdue in the fabric industry - and the folks at Henry Glass were good enough to listen!

Since the introduction of Pieced Appliqué, Penny has been in demand for teaching and workshops around the country. As one shop owner recently wrote, “I don’t know who is more excited about your techniques, my staff or my customers!”  Check out her calendar and traveling schedule to see if she will be teaching in your area. 

If you would like her to teach at your shop or guild, contact her through this website.

Penny promises, if you’re like the thousands of women she’s taught, you may never look at a block pattern the same way again.

On the homefront, Penny is a mother of four sons, one daughter, and two "bonus" daughters.  She is also a grandmother of three ~ 2 precious little girls, Maya and Charlotte, belong to Mike and Sarah. 1 handsome little boy, Unai, belongs to Bill and Jenn.  Yes, the oldest two boys are married! Chris is a math teacher at Newark High School, and Jenn, Laura and Patrick are all students at Ohio State - Go Bucks!

In short, life is good!