Grama’s Hankie: FINISHED! P.S. Bring a tissue.

Well, I’m bringing this to a tearful close. I finished Grama’s Hankie last night, and got a chance to photograph it today.
ZOOM SAYS HI
Zoom says hi! But it’s okay, because Grama Eddie really liked cats, too. Here it is without helpering. It’s about 28″ square.
Grama's Hankie
I embroidered her name (in her handwriting) in the center of the handkerchief, and also a quote around her name. It says, “Gramas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.”

Excuse me while I get a tissue.

The trapunto wreath around her name and the quote I drew myself – apparently I embroidered the quote in an ovalish shape instead of a true circle, so I had to make my own pattern (using a template I made for the two sizes of feathers).
Grama's Hankie - Trapunto Detail
I put Dresden fans in the corners to frame up the center hankie. I had a nice batik FQ with butterflies and swirls on it for the outer fan blades and center. The medium fabric in the fans and flying geese border is a FQ of a McKenna Ryan print in soft green and lavender. Those are the colors of my childhood, I think, but Grama Eddie was a fan of red. She was a fan of anything I made, so I don’t think she’d mind I used my favorite colors instead of hers.  It’s also an homage to that year I was 8 or so and wouldn’t wear anything unless it was lavender. I think she’s the one that bought me that lavender velour tracksuit. Might have been my mom, though.
I put a little feathered vine in the background between the hankie and Dresden fans.
Grama's Hankie - Dresden Plate Detail
I had enough of the McKenna Ryan FQ to eek out a 4″ Hunter Star to put at the top center of that border. I’m really happy with the quilting in that flying geese border – it’s a pattern I found while Googling around.
Grama's Hankie - Border Detail
And here’s a gratuitous photo of the back in case you want to see the quilting detail un-impeded by the piecing on the front. Click to embiggen!
Grama's Hankie- Back

19 thoughts on “Grama’s Hankie: FINISHED! P.S. Bring a tissue.

  1. Really nice job! I have a number of hankies from my great-grandmother and have often thought of making a quilt with pockets on the front to put hankies in. I think I saw a quilt by Mary Mashuta done that way. The color scheme of the hankies would lend themselves to 1930s fabrics and I just don’t use many so am still thinking about. Glad that Zoom is doign a good job helpering.

  2. This is a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother. You do breath-taking work, your Grandmother would love it. It is hard to see to type this since I now need a tissue. The quote and quilt work is so touching.

  3. This is really lovely! You picked the perfect subtle hues to go with the hankie! This is a great tribute to and memento of your grandmother, and very emotional, but also healing for you, in the making process, I hope! Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Sorry I am late to the party but I have been catching up a bit. The quilt is lovely and a beautiful way to remember your Grandma. I have a piece of hand embroidery that my grandma did – haven’t got up the courage to do anything with it yet. You have given me lots to think about. Hope you are feeling brighter. BIG hug C x

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