Thursday, March 29, 2012

grandma's hankies

I had forgotten about this project......  Grandma's hankies.....  soon after she passed, I started making her hankies into quilt blocks.......

I have kept them in one of her vintage suitcases (why I forgot about them, it was stashed away under the bed).
I pulled them out today, and looks like I have 9 blocks done.......

Hankies aren't easy to work with - I used a muslin backing (I think 12''?) and cut corners from the hankies and used spray adhesive to arrange them - then used monofilament to zigzag them onto the muslin.  The hard part is that they are SO sheer and delicate, so you can see through most of them.  The blocks are lovely in person though, and they will make a great quilt.  I think I will use sashing/cornerstones between them.  I still have quite a few hankies - so maybe I can make at least 16-20 total blocks. 

Not sure when I'll get back to working on it, but I think that I will do a lace edging on this quilt - something different from the classic binding.......


  1. This is such a treasure to have your Grandma's beautiful hankies. Your quilt will be an heirloom to pass on for generations. Wonderful weekend...

  2. Karin, this is such a good idea! It gave me the chills, my grandma had some beautiful hankies...I hadn't thought of them till your post, thanks ;o)

  3. They look so lovely. It will be great to see them made up into a quilt.