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Thread: What to do with handkerchiefs?

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    What to do with handkerchiefs?

    A friend of mine has asked me if there is anything I can make using her mother's old handkerchiefs. Any ideas? Not sure on how many she is going to give me...
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    how about backing them on stabilizer and sewing them together with buttons and or lace she might have had. Should make a super memory quilt.

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    I've seen hankies made into butterflies and umbrella ladies where the hanky was the skirt.

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    There have been several books written about using hankies in quilts. Two patterns have been listed above.
    I once saw a pattern of Spanish Ladies where the skirts were handkerchiefs. Also using them in a "crazy patch" arrangement. Am sure you will find other ideas if you Google.

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    I've seen handkerchiefs appliqued onto solid background squares with sashing and the resulting quilt looked quite pretty.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Try Googling "handkerchief quilt", then click on "images" for ideas. Found this pattern that way:
    http://www.e-patternscentral.com/det...l?prod_id=2475

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    There were a couple of hanky quilts pictured on this board recently..try searching here.

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    I saw one once where the hankies were cut in half from corner to corner and turned into a basket quilt. Very pretty. I have my grandma's old hankies and intend to do this some day.

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    Here is a freebie pattern for the butterfly pattern http://voices.yahoo.com/grandmas-but...48.html?cat=30
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
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    Years ago, I saw an absolutely BEAUTIFUL quilt using hankies. It had the handkerchief appliqued onto a shelf or table, so that it looked like a tablecloth, then had a teacup embroidered looking like it was sitting on the shelf. It was at the Mountain Quiltfest. If I find a picture that I took of it, I'll post.

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