I started a new project this weekend. It has been waiting for my attention for awhile. This project is commission quilt for a client. The idea is to use a collection of hankies that belonged to my client's mother. She was a school teacher for many years and had a vast collection of hankies. I guess hankies used to be a popular gift for teachers!
The hankies came to me all washed, pressed, and sorted by color. Some of them are stained, others have holes and many are in perfect condition. I am cutting them and creating blocks from them. Here are the partial and whole blocks that I have so far.
Here is a picture of the quilt that inspired the hankie quilt. I made this quilt a couple years ago using vintage embroidered and crocheted linens that I bought on ebay. They were "cutters" so were mostly either stained or had holes, so they were easier to cut up than they would have been if they were in pristine condition!
The pattern I used is sort of a variation of the Yellow Brick Road pattern. I set it on point rather than straight like in the pattern. My quilt is made from victorian type pastels and is really hard to get a good picture of.I put my quilt on my awesome new bed to see if I could get a better picture. Not really any better, but I still had to show it on my new bed. I'm not really using this quilt on my bed because it is a queen size and my new bed is king. I actually have like 6 pastel queen quilts that look good in this room. Now we have this California queen bed which as I said I LOVE! I have one quilt that sort of fits that I am using for now. I hope to get a new quilt made for my bed, eventually, but for now I have customer quilts to do.
The more I worked on the hankie project this weekend,the more excited I got about it. I think it is really going to be nice way to display this hankie collection and a great way for my client to remember her mom! Alot better than having them stashed away in a tote!
It is going to be on my design wall for a while, though, because I am currently just working on it at home. That means for now I am mostly only working on it on the weekends because I have other quilts that need to be quilted on my longarm during the week. I also have more room to work on it at home and since this project has so many blocks that is a better option! So it will probably be on my design wall Monday report regularly, so here we go!