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Monday, August 3, 2009

Give-away hankies - hanky quilts

















My mother loved hankies. She always carried at least one, and sometimes more in her purse. When I was in grade school, she used to crochet around them. The pink one and the two yellow ones are her crochet. I finally was able last week to unpack these and start cleaning them up. My mother had 76 hankies when she died. This stack represents about 2/3rds of them. The rest need to be handled individually so they won't run on the others. I love how well the age spots come out with a combination of oxi-clean and Biz. These had 2 overnight soaks. I plan to use these in a quilt, combined with the ones that were DH's mother's.
Give -away!!!
I didn't soak the three in the top picture. The label says made in Switzerland I believe. Obviously they were a boxed set. If you would like this set of hankies, please leave a comment and I will draw for them next week. I've never had a give-away on my blog, so I think it high time. These may be as old as 1965. My grandmother turned 80 that year, and they did a hanky shower for her, aiming at 80 hankies. I think they about made it. My mother gave away a few of them, but most of them are in the stacks I'm working on.
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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14 comments:

Jennifer said...

Your hankie collection is wonderful! I will be looking forward to seeing your progress on the quilts as I will be starting hankie quilts before Christmas for my cousins. Jennifer

Anonymous said...

What a great collection of hankies you have. I have about 20 to make a butterfly quilt with. I just really love them, yours are more special as they come with memories:)Sonya

lorene said...

what treasures you have!!! lucky gal to have them. I would love to have achance to win! I have been collecting hankies to make a quilt. I want to turn the hankies into butterflies!

thanks for the chance!

I really enjoyed your blog....

Lorene H

fabricpixie said...

Such lovely treasures, are you sure you want to part with them? I would be honored to get some of the hankies for a future quilt project.

warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

Moira said...

What a wonderful collection of hankies that you've inherited from your mother. I look forward to seeing the quilt you make using them. I too have several that I've inherited from my grandmother and I plan on using them in a quilt one day. I'd enjoy adding the set you're giving away to the few that I have now.

Greenmare said...

I've always wanted to do a hanky quilt using the pretty corners as the bottoms of hearts, so count me in! lovely things those!

rerehere1 said...

They are a true treasure! Especially the ones with the edges your mother crocheted. I have seen a few quilts done but have not done one myself. I would love to be considered for your giveaway.
Thanks,
Marie

Roslyn said...

I would LOVE to have some of your mom's hankies to join my Mum
s for a quilt! Please out me in the draw, yours are lovely.

Lesauri said...

i would love to be entered in your giveaway. you are so lucky to have such a wonderful collection of memories, and thanks for sharing them.

sharon said...

I so enjoyed seeing pictures of your hakies. When I was young my grandmother had a quilt made with hankies and it was beautiful. I have been saving hankies and buying then at flea markets now for years so I could make a quilt. Please enter my name to win the hankies. If I win I would be more then happy to pay for the postage. thanks,Sharon

paula, the quilter said...

Thanks for the tip on the combo OxyClean/Biz. I will have to try that on some spotted hankies. What book do you have? I love the Senorita pattern where the skirt is the hankie. I am not a fan of cutting the hankie in half but like folding it for the butterfly quilts. I have the books: Hooked on Hankies and Hanky Panky quilts. If you aren't afraid to cut the hankie then the Cindy Brick book is a good one. Please add me to your giveaway.

Diane said...

Am I too late for the hanky giveaway? I have some of my grandma's hankies that I've made into sachets and a few with hand crocheted trim that are "Just for show, not for blow."

nanaandpapa1 said...

I have a few hankies, but my mother won't give hers up. I made many of mine into "church dolls" but I still have a few and hope to add to the collection some day. hand crocheting trim sounds nice to, again, some day......

Nancy from IL said...

I don't know if I'm too late but your collection of hankies is wonderful! I have been trying to collect enough to make a couple hankie quilts. I've purchased some at antique shops and resale shops. Please enter me in your give-away if it's not too late! Thanks so much!!