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! But it’s okay, because Grama Eddie really liked cats, too. Here it is without helpering. It’s about 28″ square.
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).
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.
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.
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!