I’m Monika, the designer and colour enthusiast behind Penny Spool Quilts.
If you love bright designs and modern quilts, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find modern quilt inspiration, tutorials, and fuss-free quilt patterns to build your quilting confidence, one (paper) piece at a time.
My quilting journey started a bit over 20 years ago, when I was at Uni in Switzerland, with traditional patterns done the traditional way. And while I call myself a modern quilter now, I still like using traditional blocks and designs and tweaking them to suit my taste for modern fabrics, colours, and bold shapes.
I'm a geographer turned quilt designer, with a teaching degree in my back pocket, so it was only natural that I would eventually want to share my love of modern quilting with the world. So a few years ago, after moving to Canada, I began to write quilt patterns. First it was just a few patterns for Make Modern magazine, and then it became an Etsy shop, and then I had some more designs published both in Make Modern and Love Patchwork & Quilting while designing some just for the shop, and now here we are.
My patterns are fun, bright, and often fairly quick quilts, with a nod to tradition but most definitely modern.
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PS: Curious about where "Penny Spool" came from? It's from the first line of the children's song "Pop! goes the weasel"
“A penny for a spool of thread,
a penny for a needle,
that’s the way the money goes,
pop! goes the weasel.”