Create a Lovely Quilt from Vintage (or new) Hankies

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It’s a  Lovely Quilt With or Without the Swag Border!

Do you have a selection of vintage hankies you’d like to make into a quilt? This beautiful quilt with the charming swag border may be just the design you’ve been looking for.

A variety of vintage hankies are stitched to background fabric blocks. The beautiful swag border is drafted to fit the size of the blocks and provides a beautiful finish.

Create a Lovely Quilt from Vintage (or new) Hankies

If you love the look but don’t have vintage hankies, don’t worry. They can be found at thrift stores and tag sales. Or buy new vintage style hankies at Amazon to replicate the look.

Rhonda Dort has written an excellent tutorial explaining how to choose which hankies to use, how to size the blocks to fit your hankies, what kind of background fabric to use, what thread she prefers for stitching down the hankies (100 weight Invisafil thread) and more. The finished size of your quilt will depend on the number and size of the hankies you use. Rohnda’s quilt is 71″ × 85″.

Create a Lovely Quilt from Vintage (or new) Hankies

She goes on to show in detail how to draft a template for an appliqued swag to fit in the border. If you’re not interested in the swag border, the quilt will be lovely with a simple border, either in the background white or a contrasting fabric.

Create a Lovely Quilt from Vintage (or new) Hankies

You’ll find a lot of great tips here to make your own lovely quilt from vintage (or new) hankies.

Click here for the free “So you want to make a handkerchief quilt with a custom drafted swag border!” tutorial.

You’ll find additional information about how Rhonda finished and quilted her quilt here.


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