I adore state hankies. The colors are always remarkable. Every detail worthy of close study. Always wondering how they narrowed down the historic buildings and sites to note. These vintage favorites were sold as souvenirs. Some had state motto's and birds. Others were more general in their depiction. Either way they are a favorite for me to find and collect. I have no desire to collect the ones with the tags still on as they are highly desired and far out of my budget. I look for the ones that are well loved and ready for a sewing project. I ran across this Ohio one for fifty cents the other day...
Instead of sewing the handkerchief on top of the fabric I chose to sew it within the red gingham strips. The finish was much cleaner.
Crisp clean lines. Bright primary colors. Vintage charm both new and old.
A dear friend of mine lives in Delaware, Ohio. Red stitched heart to note her town adding just a touch of sentiment.
Pin...Pin...Pin...I always over do it. Happily digging in my trims, I opened up a wonderful package of vintage butter cream rick rack. Oh how wish they would still make cotton rick rack readily available. That polyester shiny junk is horrible. The cotton rick rack sews so nicely.
Once worked with a man who asked me why some women don't do the back of their hair? Hmm...for some weird reason this always stuck with me not to overlook the obvious. The back of the pillow needs just as much detail. Twill tape trim. Fabric covered buttons and generous loops to cradle them in.
It never fails to surprise me how much a pillow makes you smile.
Cute as can be...yes I do have a Kansas hankie in my collection. My pile ever growing. Last year I made my parents a great Texas pillow. A happy reminder of where a heart lies.
Thank you all so very much for all the wonderful Happy Birthday wishes. I have high hopes for a wonderful family dinner this weekend. Looks like the schedule might just allow for it.