Handkerchief Corners Quilt

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I am officially finished with this little project. (You can see how the project progressed here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). I'm pretty sure this is the longest it's ever taken me to complete a quilt. I bought the fabric back in May, came up with the idea for the pattern in September and got to work on September 19, a little over a month ago. This project has been haunting me and I'm so glad it's finished!

This is the largest quilt I've made to date and the first time I didn't use free motion quilting. Yikes...all of those straight lines got pretty tedious. It got to the point where I made myself quilt it in one hour blocks so that I would at least get something accomplished. And to top that off, I decided to go with the not so speedy machine stitched/hand stitched binding method seen here. The hand stitching took forever and wasn't quite as fun as embroidery, but I got the hang of it after a while and now it seems a bit more manageable.

I was so happy to throw the quilt in the washer and dryer and see it come out in all its crinkly, wrinkled goodness.

Here are the final details if you're interested in making one of these for yourself:

Final quilt size:

64” x 88”

8 blocks x 11 blocks = total 88 blocks


finished size

8” x 8”

For each block you will need the following pieces:

   Final Size       Cutting Size (w/ 1/4" seam allowance)

1: 5” x 5”         5.5 x 5.5

2: 5” x 1.5”       5.5 x 2

3: 1.5” x 6.5”     2 x 7

4: 6.5” x 1.5”     7 x 2

5: 1.5” x 8”       2 x 8.5

Fabric needed for front:

18 fat quarters

5 sets of fabric from each fq = 90 sets from fq (you will have two squares extra)

1.75 yards for solid color (I used white) center squares

Cut the fabric as directed on each fat quarter:



  1. Oh wow it looks beautiful! I love the straight line quilting you did on this quilt. I agree though, it does get tedious. In fact, I can't remember the last time I did straight line quilting....

  2. Wow! It's gorgeous! I love the way you quilted it - I really like straight quilt lines close together. You did a fabulous job!

  3. You make me smile and remember that persistence is character building.
    It sounds like you made it in a month and it like you powered through it and didn't have much time to be haunted.
    I'm 'haunted' by an alphabet sampler that I started in 1975. No progress since 1981, I'm afraid. I do plan to finish it in this lifetime. Just not sure when.

  4. That project is not little! It is so beautiful! I can't imagine making a quilt that size.I don't think my Hello Kitty Janome can handle machine quilting something that size. What machine do you have?
    Wonderful job on that quilt! It's a master piece.

  5. Beautiful. I love it!
    Kind regards,
    Sonnja, from he Netherlands

  6. This is a terrific quilt - I love the pattern, and you used some of my favorite fabrics! Good use of white space too. Quite inspirational.

  7. This is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen! I love simple quilts with bright, warm pops of pretty fabric! Great job! :)

  8. it's fabulous! the quilting may have been tedious but it is surely pleasing to the eye. it compliments the quilt perfectly. wow, i dig it!

  9. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the specifics.

  10. Have you washed this quilt? I have heard that the yellow dots are not colorfast.

  11. I saw this quilt posted in Sew Mama Sew. This is a wonderful design. Thanks for the explanation.

  12. I came over from sew mama sew. Great quilt!

  13. I too love katy jump rope and your fabulous quilt!

  14. Could you please clarify the measurements for your strips? I love this quilt

  15. I just came across your beautiful quilt! Amazing. I love it.

  16. WOW! That is beautiful!! Love your colors!

  17. This is such a beautiful quilt. I am going to give this one a go for my daughter's bed. Thanks for sharing!!


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