I am currently working on a commissioned, antique handkerchief quilt. My client didn't mind if the handkerchiefs were cut, so here's my block idea. I'm calling it, "Crossing Time". I am using my very favorite method of applique, the button-hole technique.
Instructions for making this quilt will be online within the next few weeks!
I also have a second block, based on the same method of cutting. Sort of. Instead of cutting the handkerchiefs into quarters half-way through the hanky, I also cut each hanky into quarters, diagonnally. This newly cut, handkerchief corner is centered onto the edge of the background and appliqued into place. A sample is shown below, but a block photo will follow when the instructions are released. As you can see, when cut half-way, it creates a "cross" effect. When cut diagonally, it creates an "x" effect.