The response I received to last week’s post was so exciting, I simply needed to share a bit more about hankies this week.
Helen sent me a photo of the hankies she keeps in a special box. She wrote that “the box is made of plastic, hinged, and from an antique shop. The vintage hankies are assorted fabrics, some with edgings, others with embroidery.”
Val wrote that there were three sisters whose mom passed away. She used their mom’s hankies to make ornaments for each of them!
“Your white hankie with the green crocheting reminded me of the washcloth my grandma made us for our wedding gift. I treasured it because it came from grandma.
I’m sure I carried one of those hankies on my wedding day, soooo many years ago”
Pat sent photos of a beautiful challenge quilt along with the quilt’s provenance:
“The challenge was to use pre-printed handkerchiefs in a quilt, these are the ones surrounded with the colored polkadot fabrics. The center medallion was a hand embroidered tablecloth I found when I cleaned out my father in law’s house after his death. I assume it was made by my mother-in-law Wanda Roof Thompson or her mother. The set in triangles surrounding the pre-printed blocks are handkerchiefs from her collection and that of my mother Elsie Ostberg Fager. It is custom quilted by Gretchen Monti of Flower Mound TX. Pat Fager Thompson of Mount Vernon WA.”
What a lovely project! And I really enjoy getting the complete history of a quilt. Thanks Pat.
A few years ago I taught for a guild in Williams Bay, WI. One of the members, Jeanette, was very sweet. She told me she made handkerchief angels and she gifted me with two of them. I was so pleased to get her email reminder that my lovely angels are made from hankies. I hang them on the tree every year, but currently they’re buried in the Christmas boxes in the basement, so I asked her to send me a photo of two of her angels. She did, and then offered to make me another from one of my hankies. Quilters are the best!
Mary Beth sent this photo of a quilt she made using handkerchiefs handed down from her mother and an aunt. She first embroidered teapots that coordinated with the colors and designs on the hankies. She wrote that the hankies were well used and she felt no one after her would put any value on them, so it didn’t bother her to cut them. What a delightful quilt!
I enjoyed all the comments from last week, even if they didn’t include a photo, and I’ve decided to repeat a few more here because they may inspire you to do something special with the hankies in your collections. This one is from Lorraine:
“When my mother died 20 years ago we found a drawer of hankies. I took them all and always take a pretty one with me to weddings and funerals. Many of them are plain white (yellowed now) with a white lace border. Some have a white embroidered design. Each time one of my grand nieces (my mom’s great-granddaughters) gets married I give them one of these white hankies at their wedding shower. I include a note telling them where it came from and suggesting they carry it with them as “something old”. So far 5 are married, 5 more to go. Each of the girls were thrilled to have a memento of their great-grandma to carry with them on their special day.”
Linda preserved some of her mom’s hankies in a lovely way:
“After my mother died I made memory box pictures for myself, my 3 sisters and brother. I backed the box with her hankies and decorated the box with her jewelry and momentos”
There were many more wonderful comments to last week’s post. If you read it early, and missed the comments, click here!
Lastly, Gail’s comment has really got me thinking:
“Ladies in Independent Living and Assisted Living facilities would love it if you gave a talk on hankies and displayed your collection!! That would definitely brighten their day and bring back a lot of happy memories.“
I have a collection of family aprons that would be fun to share too. I’ll let everyone know via this blog when that talk becomes available, in case you have a favorite senior living center to share the information with. I think I may need to do an apron post too. Stay tuned!