I have a small collection of old hankies. Believe it or not, it's amazing how many people collect these. While I'm in favor of a Kleenex these days, I can remember when I lived at home and had a cold, my parents said "use a hankie." The cotton cloth was easier on the skin than a paper tissue.
A lot of my hankies are more for show than for blow, but it was nice to have one ready in my purse at the weddings of our girls. Fortunately those hankies were good for wiping a tear rather than a full blown sob :D
I was leaving a quilt shop one day when an elderly woman came in to pick up her just-finished quilt. The shop owner told me to wait to see her quilt. I kind of thought this woman's taste in quilts would be about 180° different than mine, but I hung around just to be polite. Boy was I wrong! She had been a teacher in some of the small area schools years and years ago. Quite often she would receive a pretty hankerchief as a gift at Christmastime (oh for those simpler days). She had taken some of her prettier ones and stitched each to a large square of a quilt fabric and then sewed all the squares to make a quilt. With the intricate machine quilting, the finished quilt was absolutely stunning. To this day, I wish I had a picture of that quilt.
Will I ever put my collection into a quilt like this? I'm not sure. There are tons of other projects in the works right now, but I keep thinking about that quilt. Maybe someday.
If you are a fan of hankies or handwritten notes, check out this link.