I centered the designs on a piece of flannel and sewed them down then ragged only the edges of the pillow. I think it turned out great.
Another challenge I had was what to do with all white hankies in a quilt. I always use white flannel when making my hanky quilts. I tried to use different colors of flannel but that changed the color of the hankies and didn't look very good. So when a lady asked me to make a quilt out of her (almost) all white hankies I handled it in two ways.
- The first was to layer the hankies.
This is a good technique to use when you have very large hankies with a large amount of white space in the middle and very small hankies. I would sew the small hanky centered right in the middle of the large like this:
- The second was to frame each hanky with a colored print.
Then I rag quilted it in the same way as always. Here's how it turned out:
It's really hard to see the beauty of these hankies in this picture but you can see how each hanky is framed by the fabric.