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Kristin Posted: Mon, Jan 3 2011 4:20 PM

Hi all,

We just received a box of vintage handkerchiefs that a dear friend of our family collected for a long time.  She was planning on making a quilt for her teenage grand-daughter and unfortunately she passed away before she could start.  I need help finding a pattern or ideas on how to incorporate into a quilt.  I have the Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts book by Cindy Brick (wonderful book) but I am a little concerned about creating delicate embellished quilt blocks for a teenager to use on her bed.

Let me know if anyone has pattern ideas.

Thank you!!

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Kristin, I made a quilt with hankies, for my MIL it seemed to hold up well, but she is far from being a teenager

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Kristin:
but I am a little concerned about creating delicate embellished quilt blocks for a teenager to use on her bed.

 

I don't know your dear friends teenage grand daughter, but feel the same concerns as you might have for making the quilt for a teenager. If I was going to carry on such a labor of love, I would have a chat with her to make sure she understands the "history" and heirloom that she will be recieving. When I was in my early twenties when I recieved an afghan from my great grandmother and my husbands grandmother. I have never used them and have kept them as keepsakes as well as a few embroidered pieces and hand made items from my aunts.  It's been almost thirty years. They are priceless to me and maybe this will be to her, you'll know.... If I come across a pattern for your special quilt, I will look back for this post.   

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Nana replied on Mon, Jan 3 2011 8:10 PM

I remember seeing a pattern in a magazine once that was butterflies made out of hankies and then sewn into the quilt block.  It was gorgeous but I have no idea which magazine it was in.

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Nana, I remember seeing one also, but like you can't remember and since I down sized my mag stash, can't go back and look.

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Kristin replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 11:12 AM

Hi all - thanks for the replies!  I will definitely talk with her grand daughter to help her understand how important these handkerchiefs were to her grandmother.  I will also suggest that she put this away in a "hope" chest until she is older.

I found a link of a Mother's Handkerchief quilt - all butterfly designs.  I've heard you fold and tack down handkerchiefs to quilt....no cutting required so as to preserve the handkerchiefs should someone ever want/need to remove them from quilt.

http://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?source=froogle&code=EHQ0458

Thanks again,

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Kristin replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 11:14 AM

Leslie - I replied to the general post but I'm not sure if the email would get to you...

I found a handkerchief pattern link - all butterflies on the quilt and I believe you fold/tack down and don't have to cut the handkerchiefs.  Just thought I'd share - hope you're having a great day!

http://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?source=froogle&code=EHQ0458

Thanks!

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Nana replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 11:56 AM

Kristin

I think that is the same one I saw in a magazine.  Beautiful design and I like not having to cut the hankies.

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Marie replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 1:19 PM

Kristin, that is a beautiful butterfly pattern and you don't have to cut up the hankie.  I have several plain white linen hankies that my mother crocheted around.  Any ideas how I could use those in a quilt top?

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Nana replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 2:06 PM

Marie

Those are really pretty cut into quarters and sewn onto a dark background.  They look like Victorian fans especially with the lace on them.

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Kristin, glad you found what you were looking for. Hope you post a picture when you are done, would love to see it.

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Barbara replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 10:47 PM

Kristin This is a picture of a hankie quilt I took early last year at a local quilt show . there were three of them made by this ladies  three daughters .just thought You would like to see ..Barbara

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Nana replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 10:50 PM

Barbara

These are beautiful.  I meant to mention to Kristin that I had seen quilts with the hankies attached to a backing block and then sashing in between.  They are so pretty.  No one in my family had a collection of hankies.....I wish......

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Barbara replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 10:55 PM

Nana I wish that to . my grandmother had a few  but somehow they were lost when her house was sold. I have one sister I will not mention  but I really believe she took these things along with a treadmill Singer that my grandmother had promised to me  when she passed and sold them .I do not get along well with her...Everything just disappered ..Barbara

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Barbara replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 10:57 PM

Nana I wish I had gotten a picture of the third one but the memory on my camera was full . I should have checked it before I attended this show  there were so many I didn't get pictures of . i will never let that happen again ..Barbara

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