Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: What to do with handkerchiefs?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    127

    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...
    thanks
    MA

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Not Quite Far Eastern Canada
    Posts
    166
    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.

  3. #3
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    I've seen hankies made into butterflies and umbrella ladies where the hanky was the skirt.

  4. #4
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    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.

  5. #5
    Super Member ArtsyOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Canadian in Minnesota
    Posts
    2,321
    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.

  6. #6
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    12,158
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  7. #7
    Super Member Crqltr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,485
    Blog Entries
    2
    There were a couple of hanky quilts pictured on this board recently..try searching here.

  8. #8
    Senior Member happyquiltmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    564
    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.

  9. #9
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,913
    Blog Entries
    1
    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
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    4
    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.

  11. #11
    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    chicago, IL
    Posts
    9,692
    i have just bookmarked this thread...I have an entire basket of my Aunt's hankies to work with...I've been thinking about doing something like this...
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

  12. #12
    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Western Washington State
    Posts
    554
    Blog Entries
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by Julie's in stitches View Post
    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.
    Did you ever find a picture? This idea would be PERFECT for my mother's/grandmother's/Greatgrandmother's hankies. Totally fitting!
    Annette

    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

  13. #13
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    Did you ever find a picture? This idea would be PERFECT for my mother's/grandmother's/Greatgrandmother's hankies. Totally fitting!
    I have a series of wall hangings that use a dinner napkin for the "tablecloth". You could size it down to use the hankies. You cut the napkin on the diagonal and sew it between the wall paper and the table fabrics and then when you put the borders on you have to be careful so it doesn't get caught in the seam on the bottom edge.


    Name:  Grammas lamp1.jpg
Views: 161
Size:  58.4 KB

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Littleton, CO
    Posts
    392
    Blog Entries
    1
    I made lavender sachets. Fold hankie in half and then half again. (wrong sides together) Sew around use 1/2 inch to 1 inch border. Leave an opening to put in lavender. Sew closed. I made one for everyone in the family including in-laws for Christmas. A nice way to use the hankie and a small remembrance of my Mom. I found the directions on skiptomylou website.

  15. #15
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,648
    Name:  hanky quilt3.JPG
Views: 341
Size:  121.8 KBI used vintage hankies for this baby quilt. I also did some vintage machine embroidery designs.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  16. #16
    Junior Member shawnan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    145
    Blog Entries
    1
    This link may provide some inspiration.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t188479.html
    Nancy (Go Big Red)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Great things have been done for me,
    and I am filled with joy.

  17. #17
    Super Member burchquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Holmen, WI
    Posts
    6,447
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom View Post
    i have just bookmarked this thread...I have an entire basket of my Aunt's hankies to work with...I've been thinking about doing something like this...
    Lucky you! I just LOVE vintage hankies! So dainty!

    Just the other day I saw a tutorial for making a baby quilt out of hankies. I may even have the pattern saved as a .pdf file. It was super cute!
    (`v)
    `*..*
    .
    .*).*)
    (.(. (..`..♥ rebecca

  18. #18
    Super Member burchquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Holmen, WI
    Posts
    6,447
    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    Name:  hanky quilt3.JPG
Views: 341
Size:  121.8 KBI used vintage hankies for this baby quilt. I also did some vintage machine embroidery designs.
    Oh my word! That is just stunning! I love it! So soft & dainty!
    (`v)
    `*..*
    .
    .*).*)
    (.(. (..`..♥ rebecca

  19. #19
    Senior Member hevemi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Turku, Finland
    Posts
    597
    Kaffe Fasset has some patterns for handkerchief quilts in his books, you could possibly borrow them from a library.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.