Patterns often specify sewing the hankies together, which means you lose beautiful edges. That’s not the case with this quilt. The hankies are stitched down around the edges to squares of white fabric. The background squares are large enough to leave space between the hankies, giving the impression of sashing between them.
Once the squares are stitched together into a quilt top, the designer, Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset, quilted the entire surface on her machine. This unified the top and further secured the hankies. Brilliant!
If you don’t already have a collection of beautiful hankies, you’ll find many to choose from at thrift stores, estate sales and antique stores. You can also buy vintage style hankies new from Amazon (check out Amazon’s hankie selection here).
Instructions are provided for making a quilt from 20 handkerchiefs in whatever size hankies you have. The size of the finished quilt can easily be adjusted by altering the number of hankies used.