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Date: 10/3/13 9:06 AM

Our son brought a pizza box to me full of vintage ladies' handkerchiefs. They belong to a friend of his who would like them preserved in the form of a quilt. They are varied in size, but are generally made of the fine cotton one sees in these older pieces...therefore, fragile.
Has anyone seen this done or done something like this?
This is well beyond my expertise. If you know someone who would be capable and interested, please let me know.
Thanks so much,
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Date: 10/3/13 9:11 AM

I would maybe approach it like a t-shirt quilt and stabilize the handkerchiefs.

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Date: 10/3/13 10:34 AM

If you type in: handkerchief quilts into Google search, then click at the top on Images, you will see dozens of beautiful quilts made with handkerchiefs. Lots of Inspiration!

Also, type into Google: Handkerchief quilt patterns for more ideas.

I have some old handkerchief from my Mother, and I hope to make something with them at some point----just haven't decided for sure what. I've also seen some purse and tote patterns using vintage handkerchiefs.

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Date: 10/3/13 11:28 AM

That is an interesting idea! I also have a collection of vintage hankies that I'd like to be able to showcase in a project but I don't do quilting. Anyway its an interesting idea! I'd like to see how that turns out if you do it.

And I'm always up for ideas on how to use vintage hankies. On my blog I show several "no-sew" projects I made with vintage hankies (because I was reluctant to cut/sew them.)
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Date: 10/3/13 12:25 PM

I would have never thought to do this. I have vintage handkerchiefs from my deceased mother. What a wonderful wall hanging they would make! I'll have to look more into how to make one. :)

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Date: 10/3/13 1:09 PM

I have been collecting handkerchiefs from antique shops and thrift stores for years with a plan to make a quilt. The idea was inspired by a picture in a magazine many years ago of a coverlet made from handkerchiefs. My plan is to sew them onto a background fabric of soft white cotton as appliqués, using either very fine white thread or perhaps an invisible poly thread. I've chosen white or mostly white handkerchiefs; the ones in the magazine picture were mostly beautiful floral type prints in pink shades.

I don't think I'll use batting in mine as in a traditional quilt, but will likely using another piece of the cotton as a backing to make a light coverlet. We'll see when the time comes. They would be beautiful in a traditional quilt style also.

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Date: 10/3/13 8:56 PM

How adorable of your son (a boy!) and his friend!

Take a look at some of these beauties.

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Date: 10/4/13 6:29 AM

Thank you...if anyone has not looked, these are incredible!!
If you have made one, or know how, what backing did you use for the hankies? It seems that one would want to show, if not feature, the outer seams of each piece. Many have lace or tatting or beautiful turned hems with hand stitching. Oh, for the lost arts of the needle!
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Date: 10/4/13 7:10 AM

This post is very interesting to me. My father brought back a number of linen hankies from Belgium after WWII. He brought them for my mother and many of them have hand made lace on the edges. I have kept them all these years and have doled out a few for family weddings. Now I'm thinking perhaps I could find a way to display them.

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Date: 10/4/13 9:43 AM

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How adorable of your son (a boy!) and his friend!



Take a look at some of these beauties.

Oh MY could get LOST on that Pinterest board for days!

WONDERFUL beautiful gorgeous stuff!

Thanks for sharing it!

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