Quilt A Hankie!

Another quilted hankie! Can you tell I love this combination of a satin backing with a hankie on top? I made this one for a class sample for Melissa, aka, MK Quilts. It all starts with the satin backing as the “frame”, with the hankie quilted right on top. I used a double batting of 80/20 Hobbs on the bottom and 100% wool on top.


If I am using a hankie with LOTS of white space, I use Cindy Needham’s Ultimate Stencils. Her square and circle grids make it a breeze to design almost anything. They come with an enormous e-book of possible designs that will help you through the process. I think I’ll be ordering her ultimate background stencils soon, especially helpful if you are a domestic machine quilter.


So, pair the Ultimate Stencils with my favorite rulers, and you’ve got a great combination!



I’ve found the rounded end of the rulers make for a great scallop! I always look to repeat a shape or design, so I wanted to repeat the scalloped edge of the hankie on the background. The slim ruler is 1 1/2″ wide, so it made the smaller scallop. Then, I used my Palm ruler for the larger scallop echo. The width on the Palm ruler is 2 1/2″, so it was a perfect echo!


As if there weren’t enough scallops, I also made them inside the scallop! I was going for an open and lacy look.



I like to sign my name when I can work it into a piece.


And viola! I just love these pieces. Fun and fasts to design and stitch. I usually design as it’s on the frame. Each section tells me what to do with the next. They always speak to me!


I spent an evening with beads and the TV. I like a bit of sparkle where it can be added.


This little beauty flew off to Florida the next day, ready to share for show and tell at a few guilds. I will be speaking and teaching in the Tampa, Florida, area in November. My sit down, domestic machine workshops will be following this piece and I’ll guide you in the process. It can be accomplished on the longarm or on your domestic machine. Hope to meet you somewhere in my travels!



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    Sandra D in Joliet
    October 6, 2016

    It’s amazing how you can take a rather simple hankie with a cute border and make it look so intricate and detailed. Absolutely lovely.

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    Mary Anny
    October 6, 2016

    You leave me speechless… I LOVE your way of quilting and have all Cindy Needhams stencils..Love them too!! Absolutely beautiful….I’m hoping ‘someday’ I can be as good…Lovely, beautiful and awesome work.

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    October 27, 2016

    Your quilting is beautiful, I came across your website by accident and was blown away by your quilting. I have decided I would like to give it a go, I’ve raided the local op shop, I can’t wait to start quilting them. Do you use satin for your backgrounds and what batting works best?
    Thank you for sharing your work.

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      October 27, 2016

      Hi Kay! Thanks! I use satin for most pieces because I love the contrasting shine it gives to cotton handwork. If it is a special piece, I like to use Dupioni silk, but a bit pricey for everyday use. Many times I use a double batting of 80/20 on the bottom, with 100% wool on top. This is if you want a real pop! Otherwise, just the 80/20. It can be almost too lofty to use a double batting when you first start. Make sure to start by just “playing”. Don’t put pressure on yourself to create a “masterpiece”. That will come in time! Thanks for following and be sure to scroll back through my website for loads of ideas and how to’s!

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    Kathy Golson
    March 6, 2020

    Can this cross pattern be purchased I LOVE this cross

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      March 9, 2020

      Sorry, this is not a pattern. It was free motion quilted on my longarm. Glad you like it though!

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