Nana's Hankies

My mom was known as "Nana" to my children. She passed away suddenly in November of 2009 at the age of 88. She was healthy as a horse and had just put a meatloaf in the oven of her own home when she collapsed. She loved to cook, bake, play bingo, read and watch Wheel of Fortune!
She also loved her kids...all 8 of 'em.

As I cleaned out her closet and dresser drawers in weeks following, I came across a small pile of delicate hankies. I remembered Mom using them in her younger days, probably before the softer tissues came into production.

Anyway, I had these hankies saved in a box in my sewing room, thinking I could do something with them. I came across a quilt on pinterest that had been made using hankies. Of course, I didn't have enough of them to make a whole quilt, but I could use part of them to make a table runner, right? My creative juices were in gear!

So, I chose just the purple-flowered hankies for this project. Purple is my color.
I cut out the flowers in squares that I could use.

I went through my stash to gather some low-volume fabrics. I wanted these hanky flowers to be the star of the show!

Then I just improv-ed my way around the hanky pieces and sewed on and on, thinking about my sweet mom. Apparently, I thought about her too much as I sewed, because I ended up with a table runner that is now 5 feet long! Holy crap!


The back is pieced with some of the  low-volume fabrics.


I quilted large petals around each hanky piece to make it look like a large flower.
Then stipple stitched the rest.
I love the puckery goodness of it!

Above, are photos of the back where you can
see the flower stitching.

It's one of my favorite pieces!
Nana would be happy.

*Day 26 of 31 Days of Blogging Challenge


  1. Thank-you SO much for the idea. A friend asked me to take a box of her Mother's hankies and make "A" pillow. How do you choose from a dozen or so to make a pillow. This might be an idea she'd be interested in seeing. I'll share it with her. I love your quilting. Wish I was that good.

  2. This is such a beautiful idea. x

  3. So lovely. And something that will make your mum pop into mind every time you use it. Don't be surprised when the rest of your siblings want one too.
    E xx


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