“No! Stop! Wait!” When Sister uses that expression I know it is time to put down the scissors and listen. I heard it when I was going through a pile of vintage handkerchiefs. Not her cigar box treasures but very similar. I also heard, “DON’T use them for their intended purpose; launder gently; practice your pressing; and make them pretty.” So I did my research and went to folding origami-style dresses.
These are photos of my “in process” work but the best tutorial I found was here. She has full photos and good tips.
I did use spray starch before I began and it helped the pressing a lot. So now what do you do with a dozen of these darling wardrobe items? I began putting them into a birthday quilt for a precious princess who turns one this month.
To applique, I sprayed with quilt basting spray and then used invisible thread and a straight stitch along the edge and across the middle. I liked the “dimensional” part of the skirt and bodice; had this quilt been for anyone but a baby, I would have embellished with ribbon, pearls, buttons, etc. Best tip: use handkerchiefs all the same size.
The background block was an 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle.
Sashing was a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (10 1/2″) strip with a snowball type corner.
Setting stones were 2 1/2″ squares to form a Friendship Star.
Baby’s mama wanted white in the border for birthday guests to sign each year so I extended the sashing and stars out to the edge. It is lightly quilted with an echo around each dress and diagonal lines to mimic the angle of the star arms.
Done and Done! (even before the birthday!)
God Bless you, and please pass a tissue.