What To Do With Vintage Hankies!

Customer Quilts | August 24, 2015 | By

Quilt them, of course! This is the first in a series of “What do I do with my grandma’s hankies?” I’ve got a few ideas for you. YES, this began as a hankie! Tucked away in the drawer of a dear friend. Don’t we all have them?

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This original hankie came from my good friend, Susan. She had saved a bunch of hankies from her grandmother, so I’m guessing this to be about 100 years old. After doing a bit of research, I think it is Irish lace. If anyone knows anything different, I would love for you to comment!

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It’s about 12″ square and in perfect condition! I knew it would become a pillow with some beautiful satin shining through the lace.

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I used two layers of batting and then put the champagne colored satin on top, ready for quilting!

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I outlined the pillow size I wanted, about 15″ square. On one side I did an all over texture that will be the pillow back. I then stitched down the middle square on the right side.

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Here is a GREAT view of the two together! I LOVE the texture for the back. I used a computer design for the back and also for the triangle corners of the pillow top.

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I stitched around the perimeter of the lace and then did some straight line stitching around the whole square. Then I added the corner designs with the computer.

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The middle square is also from the computer library. I also added the string of pearls. Wouldn’t all of our grandmothers have had pearls?!

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I am in LOVE with this pillow, every little bit of it! So much so, I happened to find the SAME hankie on Ebay this week. Coming to me from Australia, for $6!!! Susan and I will have twin pillows, but hers will be very sentimental and I’m sure she will think of her grandmother every time she makes her bed.

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Enjoy both sides! It is an absolutely luscious pillow. I always wish we had feel-a-vision with beauties like this!

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