All but two of these vintage hankies belonged to Susan Owensgrandmothers.
And since they were both born in 1905, she estimates that the hankies are anywhere from 70 to 80 years old!
As a gift for her first great-niece, she decided to arrange some of the beautiful hankies together to make a cozy quilt.
Though she had never made a quilt before, the self-taught sewer got a lot ofhelp online.
“It’s certainly not perfect but it was made with LOTSof love,” she wrote.
She first arranged the squares, fitting them side by side until they formed the prettiest pattern.
After trimming a few to make them all the same size, she added fusible webbing to make them a bit stiffer.
She then carefully sewed the squares into rows, making sure not to damage the delicate fabric.
“Some of them had been washed so many times throughout the years that they weren’t square anymore so I did the best I could with them!”
After all the rows were sewn together, Susan framed the pattern with pretty pink taffeta.
This part of the quilt actually has apersonal twist it was cut from the dress her daughter wore to her brother’s wedding!
She then sandwiched the batting between her top and backing, pinning everything in place as she went.
Quilting is definitely not as easy as it looks there is a lot of care and detail that have to be tended to in order to sew all the layers together properly.
Next,all the fabric wassewn together around the edges.
Susan also tied the quilt topping a traditional quilting method where the top layer is hand-tied to the others using embroidery floss every few inches.
She thought itwas an appropriate method for the very vintage quilt.
The finished productlooks adorable, andthere was so much thought and emotion that went into each stitch.
She even placed her grandmothers’ personally monogrammed hankies in the bottom two corners.
From the super-soft layers to the beautiful handkerchiefs, there is so much lovestitched into the quilt.
Susan’s great-niece is going to love snuggling up with the quilt and will surely treasure it for years to come.
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