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Thread: Handkerchief Quilt Pattern

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    I have a large number of handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother, my mother, and myself and I would like to make a handkerchief quilt. I'm looking for a pattern where you use the whole handkerchief without cutting into them. I have searched several websites but have been unable to find a pattern.

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    I've used them to make a baby quilt for a friend who had a little girl. I used 9 ladies hankies. I zigzagged them onto white cotton and light batting, then hand quilted around the designs on the hankies. One had a ballerina and most had floral designs. I used pink sashing and borders. I tied it with narrow ribbon. She loved it.

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    I believe if you Google handkerchief quilts, you will find some patterns.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2077800_make...ief-quilt.html

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    If you find a pattern, let me know. My mom is aging and she has a dresser drawer full of hankies. I am going to have to make something out of them.

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    am going to be watching this thread too. I want to do something with my mothers hankies.

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    Wish I had some of those wonderful old hankies. They were a statement in my family...all gone.

    Blessings, Ruth

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    If you search on the Board you will find several variations of butterfly quilts made by folding (but not cutting) handkerchiefs - very pretty. Somewhere out there is also a wallhanging of Spanish flamenco (looks wrong but spellcheck says it's right??) dancers and their skirts are hankies.

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    I once saw a quilt made out of hankerchieves, they were folded in a way to look like butterflies. I was bound and determined that I would make one using my mom's hankerchieves. I figured out how to fold the hankerchieves so they did look like a butterfly. I then hand sewed them onto a block and then put sashing around the block, I gave it to my oldest great niece. I also made one for her mom. (that was by request)
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    Here is a picture of a whole handkerchief quilt that I took at a quilt show. I liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshe
    Here is a picture of a whole handkerchief quilt that I took at a quilt show. I liked it.
    Very pretty, I like that style. It Looks sew pretty.

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    Hi, I am looking for the same thing. I have been looking and thinking for a long time. I have all my grandmother's hankies and I really think I am going to make one up my self. I saw a real nice on e somewhere on this board. maybe someone is going to tell us.
    Quote Originally Posted by jjgallamore
    I have a large number of handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother, my mother, and myself and I would like to make a handkerchief quilt. I'm looking for a pattern where you use the whole handkerchief without cutting into them. I have searched several websites but have been unable to find a pattern.

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    Nice, simple, but pretty quilt...I too have a collection of hankerchief's...from my MIL's family...and would like to do something with them.

    Thank-you for posting the picture!

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    Thank You for the picutres ladies.I like this one and bookmarked this.
    Quote Originally Posted by cctx.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshe
    Here is a picture of a whole handkerchief quilt that I took at a quilt show. I liked it.
    Very pretty, I like that style. It Looks sew pretty.

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    One of my aunts would send me a new handkerchief in a card every year for my birthday and I've kept them all. My grandmother would never have used Kleenex so she had scads of handkerchiefs as did my mother. I am so thankful that I have them and I want to have them displayed where they can be enjoyed. What better way than a quilt.

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    Now that sounds cool. I'll have to look that up.

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    What pretty quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshe
    Here is a picture of a whole handkerchief quilt that I took at a quilt show. I liked it.
    I really like this idea. That definitely goes in my hopper of possibilities. Thank you for the picture.

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    I'm fixing to start on a hankie's quilt myself. I finally found a a pattern on ROSE COTTAGE QUILTS web-site and you don't have to cut up your hankies. Several patterns to choose from. I'm doing the "simply Hankies Two" pattern
    her web site is: RoseCottageQuilts.com
    her email is: [email protected]
    Hope this helps some of you gals out there and good luck
    on turning those hankies into a treasure to be displayed
    Cindy

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    I'm fixing to start on a hankie's quilt myself. I finally found a a pattern on ROSE COTTAGE QUILTS web-site and you don't have to cut up your hankies. Several patterns to choose from. I'm doing the "simply Hankies Two" pattern
    her web site is: RoseCottageQuilts.com
    her email is: [email protected]
    Hope this helps some of you gals out there and good luck
    on turning those hankies into a treasure to be displayed
    Cindy

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    I have some of my MIL's. That would make a lovely thing to have of hers now that she's gone. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Thank you for this info. I haven't started mine yet because I'm still doing quilts for grandchildren. But I am looking for a pattern where I don't have to cut up the handkerchiefs so I will look at this site with interest.

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    Thanks. That is a beautiful quilt. Great idea!

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