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Thread: Butterfly Hankerchief Quilt

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    I am always reading and somewhere I saw a quilt made out of the little dainty flowered hankies ladies used to use. It had the hankerchiefs made into butterflies and then stitched onto a top. Does anyone know how to make it or has anyone ever made one?

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    I only made a reg. Hamkerchief quilt but would to have this pattern!

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    searching for you and found this about hankerchief for a butterfly quilt

    http://happyheartsathome.blogspot.co...kerchiefs.html

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    I remember that about 10 years ago one of the fabric companies had a fabric that was preprinted 'hankies' on yardage. Some had scalloped edges but they were on square backgrounds so that they could be cut out in blocks and pieced, or cut out into scallops and appliqued. Very pretty and it sold well for us.

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    Watch the magazines in your LQS usually one of them has this pattern sometime within the year. It varies which one will show it but it's usually there sometime during the year.

    Yes, it was about 10 years ago that that fabric came out. Believe it or not, I have it, the coordinating print and the scalloped edging still waiting to be made. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I have this book to sell. PM me is your interested.

    Quote Originally Posted by TN Donna
    I am always reading and somewhere I saw a quilt made out of the little dainty flowered hankies ladies used to use. It had the hankerchiefs made into butterflies and then stitched onto a top. Does anyone know how to make it or has anyone ever made one?
    Handkerchief Quilts by Sharon L. Newman; American School of Needlework; 1992, 45p. The book includes detailed patterns and excellent instructions about making different styles of hanky quilts.......such as 2 styles of Butterfly Quilts, a White Hanky Quilt, a Pocket Hanky Quilt, and a Christmas Handkerchief Tree Skirt or Table Cloth and more...... Patterns for white and print hankies, the folded hanky butterfly quilt block. Actual patterns, step by step instructions, plus colorful photographs of the finished comforter presented in bedroom decor . $14.95
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    searching for you and found this about hankerchief for a butterfly quilt

    http://happyheartsathome.blogspot.co...kerchiefs.html
    They're beautiful. Seems to me if you don't have a source for the vintage hankies, these would work with any square of fancy fabric, just fold, pin and overstitch the edges to applique them on your backing.

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    There are several books on handkerchief quilts. I have them and old hankies, but haven't made the quilts yet. I am going to take a class at the Road to California show in Jan 2011 that is held in Ontario, CA about making small wall hangings out of hankies. The teacher is Cindy Brick www.cindybrick.com. I can hardly wait.
    Verna in So CA

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    Thanks so much. I just found a lot of my messages went to spam. I hav enow rerouted it. This is not the same pattern I saw but it has different folds that I really like. Again thanks.

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    What pattern would work to make a small wall hanging with hankies? One that shows them off, but doesn't require applique.

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    I would suggest making them into a fan shape and just tacking the to hold them on.

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    Thanks for the reply. Can't seem to get interested, so might just put some in a shadow box. Pat C

    Quote Originally Posted by TN Donna
    I would suggest making them into a fan shape and just tacking the to hold them on.

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    I have been collecting hankies for years to make a quilt. I too haven't even started it yet but can't wait for the moment to strike (when life/other quilting) doesn't get in the way. Have to be in my zone for specific quilts. I think anything you decide will be wonderful for you.

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    Donna Jean, do you still have the Handkerchief Quilts book available? I'd like to buy it from you if you still have it. Gemrose....thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN Donna View Post
    I am always reading and somewhere I saw a quilt made out of the little dainty flowered hankies ladies used to use. It had the hankerchiefs made into butterflies and then stitched onto a top. Does anyone know how to make it or has anyone ever made one?

    The Owensboro (Kentucky) quilt show recently had an absolutely fantastic butterfly handkerchief quilt. The butterflies were folded in various manners to show as different types of butterflies. Perhaps, Kentucky Karen can post a picture of it. It's from her guild.
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