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I’ve been wanting to make a vintage hankie quilt for awhile now. Last December, I bought 5 vintage Christmas hankies from a friend’s antique shop. The hankies are hand appliquéd on the background fabric. It’s machine pieced and hand quilted and is 55” square. 

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Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 5, 2020 at 6:56pm

Thank you, Kathleen! The straight lines are a breeze. I use masking tape and quilt along the edge. The tape is reusable and results in a straight line every time. Plus, you don’t have to mark the quilt top. How nice of your daughter to give you the vintage hankies! Hope you find a great idea for how to use them.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on September 5, 2020 at 8:37am

This is beautiful!! You quilted all those nice straight lines by hand??? How do you keep it so straight? I'm sure it's years of practice. My daughter gave me a bunch of vintage hankies. She figured I would do something creative with them. I guess I'll take a look at pinterest like you suggested. Just love it!!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 30, 2020 at 6:46pm

Thank you, Peggy!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 30, 2020 at 6:06pm

This is beautiful! Well done!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 29, 2020 at 6:47am

Thank you Janet, Irene, and Jan! I had a lot of fun with this. Because I started it around Christmas, the local shops were out of holiday fabric, so I searched for poinsettia fabric and found this line from Moda in an Etsy shop. Janet, if you search for hankie quilts on Pinterest, you’ll find lots of inspiration. It’s become my go-to place for getting quilting ideas for both old quilts and new. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 29, 2020 at 5:03am

That border fabric is perfect to set off those hankies.  This one makes me happy to look at, handstitcher.  Nicely done.

Comment by Irene Gallway on August 28, 2020 at 6:24pm

Beautiful. You did a great job on this.

Comment by Janet/MO on August 28, 2020 at 7:40am

You did a fabulous job with highlighting those beautiful hankies.  The red fabric really makes them pop.  I have some antique hankies a friend gave me several years ago, but they are still sitting in a drawer waiting for me to decide how to use them.  This quilt is really inspiring me.  

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