Penny Halgren

Penny Halgren

Penny Halgren began quilting more than 30 years ago and enjoys sharing her knowledge with quilters around the world.

Penny’s daughter, Stephanie, is also a quilter, and they enjoy attending quilt shows together where they confer about trends in quilting and tools that might be of interest to our internet quilting community.

Stephanie helps educate children through Teach for America – supporting the pre-kindergarten program.

Penny’s son, Bob (she and Stephanie call him Bubba) is an engineer for Emerson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bubba has had significant input in the design of several of Penny’s quilts, and currently helps with website design and product development.

She also manages quilting websites that provide other quilting-related information: – a membership site that includes video, audio, and specific quilting instruction – home of Penny’s Postcard Posse – quilt block patterns in multiple sizes

53 Responses to “About Penny”

  1. Janet Batchelor Says:

    Just looking for information on how to bind a quilt that has scalloped edges. Can you help?

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings, Janet.-

      I finally have the product ready:

      Happy Quilting!

  2. Coleen Behr Says:

    I have a White sewing machine that did not come with a walking foot–is there a generic one that I can use. It is a low shank machine.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings –

      I am not sure, but my friend, Rosie, probably would know. She owns Rosie’s Calico Cupboard, and you can contact her through her website:

      Happy Quilting!

      1. Coleen Behr Says:

        Thank you for your help.

  3. maya Says:

    Thank you Penny for being.
    I learn so much from your blog & the
    newsletter I get.

  4. Peggy Says:

    How do you join your blog to receive it everyday. I really enjoy reading your messages about all of quilting.

  5. phyllis Says:

    I would like to recieve your webmail. A friend sent it to me to read and I cant seem to find anywhere to subscribe to it. Please advice. Thanks, Phyllis,

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Hi Phyllis and please accept my apologies for being late in responding. By going to our website,, you can sign up for our daily emails and weekly newsletter. You’ll find the sign-up area on the float-in box that appears when you first arrive at the site.

      You might also want to explore our coaching site at This is a membership site that offers even more extensive information and opportunities to develop and perfect your quilting skills.

      Please check us out Phyllis, and happy quilting!


  6. ina Says:

    Dear Penny, I love your newsletters. Thank you for all the hard work. You had a article about copyright and the writer but can’t find it on my net. Would appreicate it if you can re-send it to my e-mail adress.
    Kind regards,
    Ina from South- Africa.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      There are several articles on my site that relate to copyright issues.

      The gal who spoke to us is Sylvia Landman Rasmussen

      Hope that helps.

  7. Christy Says:

    Oh….I’m so excited to find your site. I’m from Midland, MI. Live in Mineral Wells, TX now. Always looking for new quilt patterns. My hand quilting skills are not what they once were but I still love it and continue to sew for friends and family.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings –

      Welcome aboard! My son now lives in Midland – what a small world!

      A hand quilted quilt is amazing, however the stitches look!

      Happy Quilting!

  8. Penny Says:

    Hello from one Penny to Another,
    I love your blog. I have been quilting for almost 30 years. Quilting has allowed me to be a stay home mom, supplementing the house hold budget selling my quilts and teaching classes. I have had a pattern published and it is doing well on the market. It is so nice to see another Penny quilter.
    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.
    Peaceful Piecing.
    Troy, PA

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings –

      Send me a link and I would be happy to let quilters on my list know about your pattern.

      Happy Quilting!

  9. Hi,
    I have been quilting for 13 years and am starting to blog. I really like your site and it gives me lots of ideas about what I might be able to do.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Welcome aboard! Have fun.

      Happy Quilting!

  10. jannie62 Says:

    How odd I am in a beginners class for Internet Marketing, creating a Blog was my assignment and of all the books I have I chose to write about Sashiko by Mary Parker.

    Good Luck

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings !

      Nice! You can get more information about an internet business here:

      Best of luck in your work!

      Happy Quilting!

  11. Claus Says:

    Hello from one Penny to Another,I love your blog. I have been quilting for almost 30 years. Quilting has allowed me to be a stay home mom, supplementing the house hold budget selling my quilts and teaching classes. I have had a pattern published and it is doing well on the market. It is so nice to see another Penny quilter.Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.Peaceful Piecing.PennyTroy, PA

  12. margaret Says:

    Dear m.mouse, my computer was playing up and have just read of your operation and I as a committed cat owner and lover am glad you are getting back to normal. Thank you Penny for all the information you supply as I’m not a very good quilter yet but have sewn clothing for my children up till they left school. now I do the same for my grandchildren plus a few complete wedding outfits. I look forward to all your information, thank you so much.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      thank you so much for your kind words. i am feeling soooooo much better. my little tummy is getting bigger (i lost 3 pounds when i wasn’t feeling well), and my fur is nice and thick and soft now (it was kind of ratty – well not like a rat animal, but i’m sure you understand).

      anyway, i am looking and feeling like a normal kitty now.

      happy quilting!
      m. mouse

  13. rdeluz Says:

    Penny, I just read your kind review about my book,Terrific Tee’s… I can’t believe it’s a T-Shirt Quilt. I am so happy to hear you were able to use ideas out of my book. Thanks again for your mentioning the book.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Great book – gave me some wonderful ideas for t-shirt quilts, and an idea for a product:

      Happy Quilting!

  14. Loueen Says:

    Hi Penny,
    I really look forward to your great e-mails. I am a new quilter and have really ‘got the bug’! I read all I can and have the fabri-calc from you so it will help no end. It is great to hear about your family and diabetic ‘pussy’! Many thanks from Adelaide, Sth Australia

  15. Deanna Says:

    I am so happy that I stumbled across your site. It has been many years since I have done any quilting but with the addition of a granddaughter to our family, I thought it a good time to pick it back up. I am pleased with the information available and the ease of finding just what I need. I look forward to getting back into the groove of things and am very excited about the ‘treasures’ I will be creating for my family and friends. In my opinion, nothing says ‘I love you’ like something made with your own hands. Thanks again for all the work you do to help those of us who share in the joy of quilting, Deanna, Kentucky

  16. Ann Says:

    Penny, I receive your newsletters and wanted to offer my condolences on the loss of M. Mouse. I know it’s hard to lose a beloved pet. I’ve enjoyed his posts as well as yours.

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Thank you, Ann.

      Each day is a little better, and it’s been so fun sharing him with you.


  17. Kerry Hallgren Rodriguez Says:

    I am a ‘Hallgren’ from Varmland Sweden, Vermont and Maine. I make crazy quilts that are “genealogy portraits”.or “memory quilts”..i.e. I pick fabric scraps that relate to something in the family history and then embroider info or dates etc. on the fabric and them give them to family members. Fun making them and fun giving them.

  18. Augusta Says:

    Hello Penny! I didn’t know how else to get in touch with you on a non-qulting subject. Together with many other people I also want to offer my condoleances for the loss of m.mouse: we’ve always had not less than four-five cats around the house-and in our bed, for that!-so I know what it means to loose a most beloved pet. M. mouse is now playing somewhere in a beautiful garden with all our/your cats and dogs who have left us. Augusta Maria from Hungary

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings Augusta,

      Thank you so much for your kind support. Each day is getting a little better and it has been such fun sharing him with all of you.

      I’m working on getting Jackson trained to take over Mickey’s duties here at

      Again, thank you and happy quilting.


  19. Linda Says:

    I was very sad when I read about m. mouse. I know what you are going through, because I’ve gone through it 3 times. The first time was 20 years ago, and while I think fondly of Sparkle quite often, it still hurts a little, even after all this time. Yes, it’s the best thing and yes, we don’t want our beloved animals to suffer needlessly, but each one has a very special place in our hearts that can never be completely filled. We just make that empty space a little bit smaller by making room for another wonderful pet.

  20. Lillian Says:


    Being a beginner in quilting, I find your articles an inspiration. I recently acquired a lot of material that my mom had in her store (she was a seamstress) and am still sorting them out. You are a true inspiration. Thank you!!! I just received the link below and now I think I am more inspired than ever to actually start a project.

    This woman is amazing and very inspiring in many ways–not just quilting!
    Click on the following link to check it out:

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      This really is inspirational! If a blind gal can make these beautiful quilts, we can, too!

      Happy Quilting!

  21. Kimberly Baker Says:

    Hi Penny, I attended last nights webinar, and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. All the best to you and yours!

  22. sartenada Says:

    Quilting 28 years! That is long time. Last year Exhibition of Finn Quilt 20 years celebrated its existence.

    Happy quilting!

  23. Dealonnia Alberson-Cook Says:

    Are you familiar with the Accuquilt GO? I received one as a retirement gift and the the cutting Die 55018 GO Small Vaule Die. It has a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square, 2 1/2x 2 1/2 square and 2 (point to base) x 3 1/2 (corner to corner)Triangle. Looking for a pattern to use by scraps to make using the mentioned piece sizes..Any suggestions? Thank you for all your blogs and have taught me so much that Thank you is not enough….

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Nice! What a great gift. I am familiar with it, and love mine. You might want to check out my site. There are hundreds of quilt block patterns to choose from – and many are free.

  24. Dealonnia Says:

    Thanks…I can find patterns for the 2 squares but the triangles are giving me the grief…may just put them to the side and use them later on or in something. Love the newsletter!

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      You could try an Ohio Star – those are fun and pretty easy.

      Happy Quilting!

  25. Hi Penny I have a question please, I am making a t-shirt quilt and I was wondering, since I am not quilting the quilt, but simply tacking it at the corner of each shirt, can I use a sheet instead of cotton fabric?
    Also is a high loft batting too much for a t-shirt quilt? Is a lower loft batting better?
    Thanks so much for your help Jennifer

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Sure – a sheet would be ok. You might also consider flannel. It makes a nice backing that has somewhat the same feel as the t-shirts.

      The type of batting you use is completely up to you, especially if you are planning to tie the quilt.

      Have fun with it!


  26. Thanks so much Penny for your help. I appreciate it so much. I didn’t think about using Flannel..great idea..Thank you again..Jennifer

  27. jbachman1959 Says:

    Hi Penny

    Well I just wanted to let you know that I finally finished my t-shirt quilt and it turned out wonderful..Thanks to all your tips, it was a breeze. My Husband is just tickled pink and now wants another one..LOL

    Thank you again for all your help. And btw I love the tips to avoid common quilting mistakes..They are such a big help..Best Wishes..Jennifer

    Ps. below is a link to photos of the quilt if you would like to see it..

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Greetings –

      Thanks for sharing! It’s fantastic ;-)

      Happy Quilting!

  28. Jennifer Bachman Says:

    Thank you so much Penny.. :)

  29. Debe Says:

    Penny my husband bought me what I thought would be a great little machine that would help with “perfect” strips for my quilts, only to find out that it takes longer to use this machine that to use my rotary cutter. Do you know of any type of machine that will work for cutting straight lines?
    Thank you

    1. quilterpenny Says:

      Hi – sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I like my June Tailor cutter. It isn’t a machine, but it is about 18 inches square and has slits every half inch. You place it on top of your folded fabric and cut whatever width you need. I can easily cut up to 4 layers – therefore an entire width of fabric.

      I will be posting a video article next week showing the “ruler” and how to use it.


  30. Jennifer Bachman Says:

    Hi Penny I have a question for you please, I am making my first photo Memory quilt for a friend and I was wondering what are your thoughts on Printing photos right (and using the Ink fixative) on the t-shirt block Vs using Photo Transfer sheets. I am looking for something that will wash well and the photos will last through many washings.

    I have already printed photos on a test block and they came out well,(I did not use the Ink Fixative) but after I put them in the dryer to heat set them, the color still ran out. I then tried to heat set them by ironing the block with the hottest setting on my iron and a little of the ink stayed on, but then some of the color still faded.

    Anything you can suggest to help me, I would sure appreciate.. Thanks so much. Jennifer Bachman

  31. The solution has a few extrea steps but it has worked for me. Print the photos on transfer paper and then heat transfer them on to the t-shirt material. The t-shirt material should still be stabilized before it is set into a quilt if the quilt is using quilting cotton.

  32. Jennifer Bachman Says:

    Hi Roberta Thanks so much for your help.. With this method, did you ever have a problem with the photos fading or peeling off after several washings? That is really my main concern. I would hate to put all that work into the quilt than lose the photos.. Thank you again for all your help. I appreciate it so so much. Jennifer

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