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Thread: Crazy Quilt from antique hankies

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    Crazy Quilt from antique hankies

    I had this box of old hankies...some belonged to my Grandmother, some to my Mother and others that I had just collected from garage sales etc. I was trying to figure out what to do with them. They were too pretty to be discarded and so I decided to make a quilt from them. That way maybe they wouldn't get tossed out when I am gone. Sure enough.. everyone who sees this quilt wants this quilt ...another problem to solve! One of the hankies was sent to me by a pen pal I had when I was 13 or 14 years old. We lost touch many years ago. I am including a picture of the block that I put that one in. It has her embroidery that says "to Dear Ruth, Mildred". Wouldn't it be wonderful if she should happen to be a member of this board and recognize it!
    I really enjoyed making this quilt and quilting it too, even though it took me quite a long time to do it. Hope you all enjoy looking. Name:  IMG_3377.jpg
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    Oh my that is beautiful, I have a collection of hankies that I have been wanting to make a quilt out of. My pattern is for one hankie per block sewed down on muslin. The each block is pieced together. I like your so much better what size are your blocks, sashing and boarders ? I would love to make one like this. Great job.
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    You did a beautiful, beautiful job in making this quilt. What a wonderful way to display these lovely hankies where they can be enjoyed. I just love it!

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    Beautiful..not crazy at all. Love it. Job well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart of Dixie View Post
    Oh my that is beautiful, I have a collection of hankies that I have been wanting to make a quilt out of. My pattern is for one hankie per block sewed down on muslin. The each block is pieced together. I like your so much better what size are your blocks, sashing and boarders ? I would love to make one like this. Great job.
    I cut 11 1/2 inch blocks of muslin, then just cut the hankies and fitted them randomly using ribbon, laces and other trims as well as fancy stitches from my machine. Then I trimmed them down to 10 1/2 inch blocks and used a 3 inch (finished size) sashing .

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    It is wonderful. How many hankies did you use?

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    Enjoyed your story very much and admire your beautiful hankie quilt! Great Job!
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    Absolutely beautiful.
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    Just simply the most appealing hankie quilt I've ever seen. And I should know, my name is Diane Hanke!

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    This is going to be a family treasure!
    Very exquisite.

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    That is gorgeous!!! WOW!!! Thanks for sharing.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Beautiful, Just Beautiful

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    That is the best quilt made from hankies I have ever seen! Kudo's!

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    Very pretty indeed.

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    It's beautiful - i have a collection of hankys also - this is a beautiful way to make use of them; it could become a cherished heirloom in the family - what a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
    JO

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    Your quilt is just beautiful! What an awesome way of using hankies. I have a box full of my grandmothers hankies and have been waiting for the perfect hankie quilt and your's is it! Thank you!
    When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.

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    Wonderful quilt! What a treasure.......great idea!!!!
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    Hi Ruth, my name is Mildred... Just kidding. You will probably have to name someone in your will to keep the fighting down. It's a beautiful quilt. I've never seen a "hanky quilt" like this. It's so unique.

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    Absolutely gorgeous quilt

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    How pretty!!!
    Jan in VA
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    peacefully colors my world.
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    I have old hankies also! Now I have an idea of what to do with them, thank you!

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    This pattern is soooooooooo beautiful. I absolutely love what you did with the hankies. This is the BEST hankie quilt I have ever seen/saw. If I was one of your kids I'd be pushing the others out of line for this quilt or secretly asking ya to promise it to me :-). I can't tell how beautiful this quilt is to me. great job. Is there a pattern that you can tell us to look up or did you make it up?
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    You are very creative; good use and way to preserve those beautiful vintage hankies. When I see a crazy quilt I wonder if there's any pattern to start with or if you creative types just fly by the seat of your pants and see what develops! Always fun to look and look and look at crazy quilts.
    Mavis

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    Beautiful vintage look.......love love love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liking quilting View Post
    You are very creative; good use and way to preserve those beautiful vintage hankies. When I see a crazy quilt I wonder if there's any pattern to start with or if you creative types just fly by the seat of your pants and see what develops! Always fun to look and look and look at crazy quilts.
    No pattern, I just cut pieces and fit together, each block is different though many of them have pieces of the same hankies in them. My Great Grandma used to say she made something "by guess and by gosh". Then if it didn't turn out right, she'd say "I guessed it was right but by gosh it wasn't". Luckily these mostly came out OK...or they didn't make it into the quilt!

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