No Blowin or Sewin on OldHankies...PinkSaturday#5

I Am A Hankie Collector!I Am A Hankie Collector!
I Am A Hankie Collector!
There, I've said it.
What a Relief!
Even if it is an
Obssesive Compulsive Behavior!
Now If I could only make myself
Do Something With Them!

I do have a plan for the 200+ Hankies. For years I've planned to make a quilt like the one pictured in Grandmother's Favorite Quilts by Sandra L. Hatch. The butterfly pattern calls for only 20 of my Prize Hankies folded in half cross ways. I could do that, but which 20, and I hate to fold them and only see half of the hankie. So Scratch that...for now.

Instead of using 20 hankies, I decided I could part with five hankies. They had a few spots and a couple of holes, and it was eaiser to cut and fold them.
I'm sure the former owners did not blow on these too pretty to blow on hankies.
This is ONE block in a VeryVictorian wall quilt I made back in the 1990's.  I'll show you the rest at a later date.
The layered hankies line up next to a row of paper pieced Miniature Spools.
The right row with the pink background features a favorite hankie with 'Mother' embroidered in the corner and surrounded with vintage crocheted and tatted lace....another OCB Collection.
Whew! I'm feeling better with every passing minute and confession.

And now for a 'Pink Hankie Show' and a few Pink Vintage Vases!
There, that's Three OCB Collection Confessions!

There is no way I could cut, fold, sew or quilt on this exquisite Round Rose Hanky! Could You?
So, in my search for
'How To Use Hankies',
I found NanaLuLu's Linen Closet .

There are some wonderful ideas for Vintage Hankies,
and I'm thinking the Round Rose will have to be Framed!

Thanks to Pink Saturday Hostess, Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.

My 'New Blog Shout Out' for this week is Barbara at Purple Goat Lady.
This past week she has featured some amazing Fall TableScape Collections.

Barbara's had some Computer Crisis, and she dealt with them like any GirlRaisedInTexas should...Take a Look!

Have a Positively Perfect Pink Saturday visiting the Participants.
And As Always...Thanks for Coming and Commenting!


  1. I also collect hankies..and like you, just can't cut into them. They're just too sweet and pretty.
    Happy collecting and happy pinks..have a lovely weekend.

  2. i'm glad you're feeling better after pouring out your heart's desires and allowing us a glimpse of your pink treaures!! happy pink saturday!!

  3. I don't collect hankies, but I've been known to pick some up when I see them at antique markets or shops. I use them in bread baskets, as cocktail napkins, and to pop in my handbag if I'm going out at night. Who wants to use tissue when you can have a soft hankie? I like the sentiment that goes along with these little vintage pieces as well because I have a box of them that belonged to my grandmother and mother. Thanks for sharing your obsession. Love the quilt and the round hankie.

  4. Oh my gosh, Sue, I am in LOVE with that Victorian hankie wall hanging!! The spools are so wonderful, too. I love old hankies and like you, I have never been too sure what to do with them. I like the idea of framing them. Thanks for sharing your pretty pinks and blessings to you! Vicki

  5. Wow, 200+ hankies. Sounds like you have a really nice collection of hankies. The ones you have chosen to share with us are beautiful...I really do like the round one with the roses...very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a wonderful Pink Day.


    Well, I can now confess,too. I have bags of hankies...yes bags of them and if I see a pretty one I can not resist it.
    I have the book on making hanky quilts, but have yet to try it...they are more like wall hangings than quilts...
    Sweet Blessings,

  7. Sue,

    I love the hankies. They are just beautiful. I don't think I could cut them either.

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  8. Sue,
    Your featured hankies are scrumptious! I have so many ideas of what to do with my hankies as well, but like you, can't get over the hump of cutting into any of the prized ones...

    And by the way, there is NO CURE for collector's disease. I've been told the best thing to do is just accept it. Smile.

    Great post!

  9. Sue, you always make me smile. And, I know your soul must be feeling lighter with all of these confessions. ;-)

    I love your hankies. I only have a few, but each belonged to a special person in my life. I really like the idea of framing.

    Happy Pink Saturday. And, thank you for introducing everyone to Barbara. She is great, and I could have used her method of dealing with computers.

  10. Anonymous10/10/2009

    I love all those ideas, especially the window valance. Remember how our Mother and Grandmother used to send hankies to each other on their birthdays. I want to see all of your hankies when I come to visit.

    p.s. I'm going to crochet my next shaw...with your help. Had to get mine out yesterday at work, and it kept me sooo...warm. You know that is one of my most favorite gifts you ever made me!

  11. I have some old hankies of my mothers. I could not use them in anyway. However, your idea of making a quilt of them is an excellent one. Sounds like you have enough do so.

  12. love love love the hankies!!! I have crocheted the edges of many a hanky and you're right... I hate to use them (so I usually just carry them for show)
    The round rose hankie would look great framed... you could always frame it as a tray (like I did with my pink roses)
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  13. I don't know of anyone who doesn't love old hankies. They were made with such beautiful colors and patterns. You don't find that anymore which is a shame. I look forward to seeing all the great ideas you come up with and what you do with all these lovelies. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  14. Wow - what a collection! Now you've got me thinking...hmmm. I think I should start a collection! The round hanky is simply beautiful - but they all are! Happy Pink Saturday!

  15. What a pretty hankies. Love it.

    Happy Pink Saturday and a nice weekend.

  16. I also am a hankieholic!
    Loved my visit here.
    "god bless you"!!!!

  17. Anonymous10/10/2009

    (Wiping the drool from my chin)Sue,your hankie collection is beautiful! I love them and collect them, too! As i wrote in my post for today, I don't seem to know how to display them so I bookmarked your LuLu-lady to read up. Thanks for posting that.

    Your quilt is a-maz-ing! Kudos~

  18. What wonderful hankies!!! You have an amazing collection, Sue, and I just love them. A fellow blogger sent me a vintage one which I posted about on Monday, and I love it!

    Happy Pink Saturday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  19. I collect hankies too and I've been saying that I'll make a quilt with them for years. I love the one you made with the row of spool squares. Have a wonderful pink weekend!

  20. Anonymous10/10/2009

    I have a friend who made a gorgeous quilt out of vintage hankies. I love the butterfly pattern of this hankie quilt!!

    I went to a garage sale this summer and bought a box of hankies - probably at least 30-50! It was so fun going through that box!


  21. I have several wonderful hankies but no where near 200. WOW! What a collection! Thanks for sharing. Come by if you get a chance.

    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Back Porch Blessings,

  22. Thanks for looking at my Saturday pink page. I too have a few hankies that I have held on to. I remember when little my grandmother always sent a birthday card with a hankie in it.

  23. What a great item to collect. Thank you for showing us so many ways in which they can be displayed. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday.

  24. Anonymous10/10/2009

    what fun to see some of your prized hankie collection. I do cut on the old hankies. I use them on my vintage pillowcase dresses sometimes to make pockets and flowers but I only use ones that have a hole in them. Have you ever seen a bed dust ruffle made with vintage hankies? It's gorgeous. And I once bought and resold a wreath made using old hankies. HPS ~ Lynn

  25. Love your "hankie" post today! Thanks for stopping by, Happy Pink Saturday to you!

  26. Oh my goodness! Isn't it funny we both had the vintage hankie post. I just love your post. You have so much detail and explanation and look at all the comments. I will enjoy reading all of them too for ideas! You are such a fun blogger and I wish you were my next door neighbor. We could stay in all kinds of trouble!

  27. Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to Pink Saturday. I can tell it is going to be lots of fun. I love your blog. One of my closest friends was from San Angelo. I'm in MI now and have lost touch with her though. Hope you had a wonderful day today.

  28. I have a bunch of hankies too from my grandmother and mom. You gave me ideas on how to display them. I also love the vases! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Hugs and glitter,

  29. Oh, I do love your hankies. I have a yen for them too. They just stay in my drawer and look pretty. It would be wonderful to see what you will do with them. I know it will be wonderful.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

  30. Hi! what a beautiful post!!!
    so cute!!!

    Happy pink saturday!


  31. Lovely Pink Saturday post and sweet blog, too. Woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground so even thought this isn't Saturday I really needed a boost!

    Sorry, I didn't get to see everyone yesterday. I had important business. My 11 year-old grandson was playing football and he wanted Mimi to go to the out-of-town-last-of-the-season-game. THEY WON AGAINST AN UNDEFEATED TEAM! WOO-HOO! 35 - 17☺

    Hope the coming week blesses you with sunshine, happiness and good friends.

  32. A hankie collector! How wonderful to find another one. I thought I was alone and then I looked at your blog and realized who many of us there were. I love all you ideas for using them. Your blog is wonderful. Blessings, Martha

  33. Such lovely hankies. I have just a few... picked them up at sales, just because I thought they were pretty. LOVE the quilt you made with hankies. so precious! I have entered you in my bracelet give away. I am also going to link to your page... and follow you... will you follow me. :)
    Blessings! & Happy Pinkness!

  34. I have it on good authority that it's perfectly fine to be OCD (or B) as long as what you're collecting is pretty. So there. You're just fine. Carry on!

  35. I guess I am part of this group....I have way too many pretty hankies too!
    But I don't have the heart to cut them up....
    Maybe one of these days I will!

    Hugz all the way from Michigan

  36. So pretty! Hankies are lovely and ladylike. I have my mother-in-law's collection and now I think I should round them up and figure out what to do with them. I wish you could come to Denver and do the antique district with me. I'd love to see what you'd find. I always look at furniture, dishes, and then get hungry for pizza. Isn't this the last week before the big DO? Will you be relieved when it's over? Sad? Thanks for being so Sue-ish! lovelove!

  37. Beautiful pink post, I have a few secial hanki's too, I used one to decorate the back of a jean jacket that I decorated up, I have a couple of the lady head vases too, love them. Happy PS a little late and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  38. Oh, what a grand site!!!! I took Beverly's advice and popped in to see you this morning! Gosh what a treat to the eyes! I have a few old hankies and gasped at the beauty of your display. My Mom-in-law collected the heads so it brought back memories. Your site is certainly a refreshing and beautiful visit. I will follow and also mention you on both of my blogs. ♥IT! Kerrie Congrats on the new grandbaby!

  39. I found you via Lynn at Vintage Nest. Your hankies are beautiful! I inherited 127 old hankies from my mother; she'd been buying them up for years at garage sales. Not sure how to use them now.


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