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Finishing Mr. Buck’s Quilt

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Last week I promised you more about the additional work on Mr. Buck’s 80th birthday quilt. I actually forgot to take pictures of the re-embellished quilt myself! His daugter took some for me and emailed me.

As I wrote last week, my vintage hankie covered in anchors was perfect this proud Navy man. Below is the first edition of his quilt.

Vintage Hankie Quilt for Mr. Buck's 80th Birthday

Nice on its own, but I knew I wanted to add more embellishments and personalize it. Those white corners were calling to me… Mr. Buck was kind enough to understand and give it back to me for these additions.

With the top right corner already embellished, I worked around the quilt. A heart shaped lace trim appliqué that I hand-dyed red was the perfect accompaniment to a treasured family photo for the lower right corner (below).This detail photo also shows off the cute cream-colored sailboat buttons I added to the bottom border.

A family photo adorns the corner of Mr. Buck's quilt

Next, the lower left corner. I added another family photo above the United States Naval Academy patch to commemorate his happy days in Annapolis.

Vintage photo from Mr. Buck's Annapolis days

Mr. Buck is the handsome #21 on the championship intramural horseshoe team!

Detail, vintage photo from Mr. Buck's Annapolis days

Finally, the top left corner seems to be the perfect resting place for a vintage paper sailor. I love how he fit the theme and added creamy warm tones to balance the gold and yelllows that accent the quilt.

Paper sailor ephemera

Here is the finished quilt. I do apologize that has had borders being cut off, but it’s the only complete photoI have. (You can click on the photo for a larger view.)

Mr. Buck's quilt, really finishe this time!

I’m much happier with this final outcome, as it is so much more personal to Mr. Buck…plus I’m of the mind that if a little embellishing and ephemera is good, then a lot is better!

More to come on vintage hankie quilts in future postings. I hope to see some of you at my new vintage hankie art quilt class on November 23rd. As you can see these quilts make wonderful gifts (if you can bear to part with them), and the winter holidays will be here before we know it!

Vintage Hankie Quilts

I am grateful for the friends and family that I have, including a special family, the Buck Family. I consider myself an ‘adopted’ daughter to the Buck family. Mr. Buck had his 80th Birthday last year, and he is a proud Navy man. I just so happened to have a vintage hankie that I thought was perfect for him, and assembled all the anchors and trims that I could find for his Birthday quilt. Below is what I sent to arrive within a few days of his birthday.

Vintage Hankie Quilt for Mr. Buck's 80th Birthday

But you know me…I felt it still needed “more,” so I asked to have it returned to me for additional work. Last week my husband Dave and I were going to spend a few days off with the Bucks in North Carolina, so finishing Mr. Buck’s quilt rose to the top of my to do pile and inspired me to look at my other vintage handkerchiefs. Vintage hankies are like potato chips — you can’t just have one!

Drawer full of vintage hankies

Pictured above is a deep drawer where all my washed and ironed vintage hankies are stored.

Floral hankies from my grandmother's collection

The two circular handkerchiefs pictured above came from my Grandmother’s stash.

And once family and friends find out you love vintage hankies…

Vintage handkerchief cards

…you are the recipient of some lovely surprises. I love these cards! (Click the photo above for a larger view of these hankie dolls.)

With my interest rekindled from the additional work I did on Mr. Buck’s quilt, I picked out three vintage hankies (pictured below) from my collection to feature in new quilts.

Trio of vintage handkerchiefs

I love the colors and details of these handkerchiefs! In this posting I will give you some ideas and tips on how I created one of these art quilts, and in future blog postings will update the others.

First step is to choose a background and orientation. I’m working with some green hand dyed cotton and the pretty burgundy leaf square within a square hankie.

Vintage leaf hankie with green hand-dyed fabric

The above layout can work, but…

On point layout of vintage handkerchief

Below you can see that I have added a 3-inch striped border. I have purposely let the hankie “creep” into the border, but note that as of this point the hankie has not been stitched to the green hand-dyed fabric. Next I will assemble the quilt sandwich, with the hankie pinned in place.

Hankie points overlap the striped border fabric

I decided to quilt the entire hand dyed green area, and looked to 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs by Leah Day for inspiration.

365 Free Motion Quilting Designs by Leah Day

I choose her design #150, Strange Leaf, pictured above. I practiced the direction that my needle would go by drawing on paper, and then jumped in. My leaf was in fact strange… and little more like a heart than a leaf!

Free motion quilting the background with the hankie out of the way

As you can see above, I actually folded and pinned the hankie out of the way, and free motion quilted the background green fabric in sections. The reason I do this is to keep the background laying flat and not too puffy when I stitch the hankie at the end.

Vintage leaf handkerchief quilted and bound

Above is the quilt so far (larger view). I stitched around the acorns that are printed in the center of the hankie, along the pink “ribbon,” and the outside edge of the hankie. Then I added the binding. At this point, many would consider the quilt done. I am not sure… I think that it needs some embellishment.

I will write more about other Vintage Hankie Quilts and show off my additional work on Mr. Buck’s quilt in future postings. Stay tuned!

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