Quilted Vintage Hankie Using Digitized Designs

My Own Quilts, Vintage Linen | January 30, 2017 | By

It’s been awhile! Websites are difficult to keep up with! I use Facebook for my daily posts, but for my friends who aren’t on FB, this is a great place to share my work. I also sell my rulers here and have information on my speaking and workshops. What did we do before social media!???

I’ve just finished another hankie, but this time I used the computer for 90% of the piece. It’s for an upcoming class I’m teaching in Australia (yes, I said AUSTRALIA!!!) I am super excited and finishing up so many sample pieces for the variety of classes. This is for a class called, “Prostitcher and Beyond”. The PS (as we call her in the Handi Quilter world) is a fabulous computer that some days does a majority of my work. She is my very loved, personal assistant, that goes by Patty Sue, when we are alone in the studio 😉

The hankie began very simply, stitched onto a piece of white satin, roughly 20″ square. The wonderful “pouf” is created by two layers of Hobbs batting, wool on top of 80/20. I always use Glide thread, this color is Cream.




White on white is tough to see in photos, especially when there is nothing there. Now, add some quilting magic and it starts to take shape! I forgot to take a photo of JUST the motif, but it was an outlined shape, without anything filled in. The digitized motif is by Kim Brunner and can be found here. It is free in my PS library! Over 1000 designs come in that library and rarely do I need to purchase anything.


I used a different fill in each space, bubbles, scribbling and some ruler work.


The tatting on this piece is unbelievable, which is why I chose it! OH, and that sweet butterfly!


The finish! I added a piano key border, also found in my PS library, created by Susan Manry.


I added glass beads to tack down the tatting. The dime gives an idea of the scale.


Each finished piece becomes my favorite! I’ll add this one to the list!


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    February 6, 2017

    I just found you and love your work do you mind telling me which machine you use for quilting I’ve been trying to make a decisi I n on which one to get will be taking some long arm classes this spring thank you you do beautiful work, very inspiring

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      [email protected]
      March 2, 2017

      Thanks! I stitch on a Handi Quilter Fusion with prostitcher computer. I love it and wouldn’t “drive” anything else!

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    Polly Sepulvado
    March 16, 2017

    I love this piece. Did you free hand the fill or did you use the PS fills?

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    Maria Gardner
    June 11, 2017

    I absolutely love your work – it’s scrumptious! Would love to take a class with you if you are ever in New York of Pennsylvania. What are you referring to when you mention your PS library?

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      [email protected]
      June 12, 2017

      Hi Maria, thanks! I have barely been to the east coast. Probably because I stay middle and go west to see my kids! Sorry, PS stands for ProStitcher, which is the computer on my Handi Quilter longarm. Thanks for the pointing that out. Sometimes I get lax in my lingo!!!

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        Maria Gardner
        June 14, 2017

        Sigh!!! Looks like I may have to do some travelling and “go west, young woman” to attend one of your classes. I’ll check your website and see what’s available. Enjoy life.

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