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Crochet: Baby Items

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What’s on my hook? Recently I’ve been doing simple, small crochet projects for babies. Left over yarn scraps and a ball of baby soft wool both came in handy. Here’s what I learned.

Baby Girl Crochet Dress

  1. Browse and research well on You Tube, Etsy, Ravelry, CrochetCrowd on FB and other sites for patterns.
  2. Do a proper read through to understand/grasp.
  3. As a beginner, choose something simple and easy to finish within a time frame.
  4. If trying out a new stitch, make a small tester sample. What lessons did you learn about the hook size, yarn tension, suitability of colour, yarn and pattern for that particular piece?
  5. Adjust and apply this knowledge.
  6. Take a T shirt or dress of the required size, or visit a children’s shop for accurate measuring. Some sites offer details of size, some are dodgy.

This dress is worked top – down. Begin at neckline with 55 chains (or as required) and work a single crochet into each for a firm neckline. Add next 3-4 rows of dc.

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Pattern from WoolyWondersCrochet.

A good idea is to watch the tutorial video few times, if you are a beginner, to understand the process. Choosing pastel or soft colours, soft wool is advisable.

Crochet Baby Dress

Crochet Unisex Vest

Baby soft acrylic or cashmere wool is great for this project. Decide the size ( a plus ) is always better. You want the piece worn for couple of years at least. The reward for your time, skill and patience!

I made up this pattern ‘on the go’ to practice a variety of stitches, see the outcome of design and texture and become a sampler vest.  Finished size measures 9 and 1/2 inches across and 13 inches height.

Basket weave stitch and double crochet

Row 1: Slip knot and chain to make size of 9 and 1/2 inches across.

Row 2: Add 3-4 rows of single crochet in each chain stitch, this serves as a  border.

Row 3 – 12: Basket weave stitch till the required height is reached. Chain 2, at end of each row and turn. Measure and adjust using sample shirt.

Row 13: Slip stitch into first 3-4 stitches, this makes sleeve indent. Then dc all the way across. Last 3-4 stitches slip stitch for sleeve indent.

Add more rows, measure height and make neckline. Add dc to both sides to make straps, add buttonhole by making 2-3 chain stitch /loop.

2 sides of crochet vest

There are many YouTube crochet vest sites for detailed patterns.

Best of luck! Do add a photo of your work.

Please do not link or copy this site. Please contact me for using any photos or material. I devote much patience and time for making this blog and I’m happy to share it.

Do share your work with me too.

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Be like the perfumed flower, that gives out its own perfume to 

                make other’s happy, but, takes nothing from anyone.’

Anonymous.

I LOVE flowers, and I must have them everywhere. In my garden, on fabric for dresses, cushions or bedspreads, gorgeous floral bunch at the table or prayer altar, flower garlands in my hair. Flowers also make the best birthday gifts for dear and near. The colour and fragrance of flowers is soothing, refreshing and mood uplifting. Nature speaks to us in the form of flowers – warm spring weather gives new life to closed winter buds, reminding us of passing of time and changes in life.

Each flower is unique in its colour, fragrance and shape. Are you so busy in life’s activities that you don’t stop a moment to smell the flower? Sadly… you missing out on the the essence of Creation!

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Past few weeks, at the onset of spring (it’s almost summer now!) I am learning to crochet small projects like flowers and butterflies.

YouTube and many crochet websites like http://www.ravelry.com and http://www.petalstopicots.com are helpful.

In tune with Nature

In tune with Nature

When time is limited time one needs to plan and organize small projects. Working on dainty doilies, flowers or caps, making squares proves easy. Repeating the same pattern means less thinking too. Stock up and rearranging can be done at a later date. Just keep at it.

Row of crochet flowers

Row of crochet flowers

Make use of your time, create a hobby and follow it with passion.Practice, practice! Why not bring a smile to someone’s face by gifting your crochet flowers?

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Crochet: Spring and Summer Flowers

Crochet to Heal: Therapy

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Phew! The past few weeks have been mentally exhausting caring for an aged geriatric member. I feel so drained, but thankful that I did a service. The well deserved ‘quiet’ time was very essential to keep my own mental balance:) and help me re-energize.

I definitely found therapy in doing crochet. My time to sit down and do nothing – just twiddle with soft balls of yarn between my fingers. I had no goal or patterns, no deadline. Just crochet away anywhere – on the balcony of the apartment, kitchen, relaxing on the couch or even taking the yarn to nearby restaurant and the playground. In out, in-out …went the needle.

Crochet had a calming, centering effect on my mind. It helped me concentrate, meditate and even improve my posture. Making projects for ‘others’ was a way of reaching out to friends and family, building my own self esteem that ‘I can’ which was very important to nourish me. 

The stack began growing. Wonder what this will become?

Cushion? Blanket? Baby dress? Tea Coasters? stack of squares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bored of repeating? Work with new colours. Work on small projects. Practice. Meditate.

Granny square using left over yarn.

Granny square using left over yarn.

Vary the colour, thickness of yarn, practice with wool, cotton or jute. Granny squares are so versatile and can be turned into just anything – a big blanket, a vest, a small shoulder bag or clutch purse. Endless options, so be creative!

Multi colour granny squares

Multi colour granny squares

 

              PEACE    LOVE   CROCHET

May your day be wonderful and sunny!

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Alphabet Block Quilt

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                        Alphabet Block Quilt

A thorough peek into my sister’s cupboard revealed the stashed away ABC block quilt I made almost 20 years ago. THAT was for the arrival of my little niece, a new-born baby. To date, the family cherishes this hand sewn quilt, filled with love and warmth.

I dedicate this post to Nandini, my loving and intelligent neice,who turned 21 years of age this January 2015.

Nandini is God’s gift to our family, a Down’s syndrome child. Each Down’s person has some intellectual and developmental problems that range from medium to acute. Nandini is a warm, loving, meticulous and smart child. Like other Down syndrome children, who love dance and song and learn through observation, she too enjoys participating in dancing. To develop fine motor skills she engages in drawing birthday cards, helping fold clothes and cutting vegetables.

Nandini brings positive energy and smiles to all those around her. She loves to enjoy life at its best – eat ice creams, meals in a restaurant or dressing up for functions and weddings, Nandini soaks it all up! Thanks to her family: strength, patience and medical knowledge has brought out the best in her!

Here is how Nandini keeps herself productive and busy.

Often she participates in school programme: dance, drama, speech giving and making Art projects.

Art Project by Nandini

Art Project by Nandini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more on Down Syndrome:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/genetic/down_syndrome.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/down-syndrome/basics/symptoms/con-20020948

Here is my quilt story:

About 20 years ago, I made this ABC alphabet block quilt as a special present for my sister’s baby shower. I was not so colour wise- blue for boys and pink for girls. The choice of fabric was determined by availability and time.

ABC Patchwork and Block Quilt

ABC Patchwork and Block Quilt

The quilt has six blocks. Three alphabet blocks of A,B and C with applique work and three blocks with matching motifs. An 8 inch white block was used as the base.

Block B of ABC quilt

Block B of ABC quilt

Bear patchwork on ABC quilt

Bear patchwork on ABC quilt

Printed border of 2 inches was stitched all around white block. Another 2 1/2 inch polka dot border and the lace trimming overlapping was added. Each finished block was about 14 inch wide.

Block C patchwork on ABC quilt

Block C patchwork on ABC quilt

The blocks were stashed together with the printed fabric. The back cloth was kept plain. Single batting was sandwiched between layers, making the quilt suitable for Mumbai weather. Yes, temperatures in winter are never below 25 degrees 🙂

Cat patchwork on ABC quilt

Cat patchwork on ABC quilt

 

Have you made an Alphabet quilt? Did you use stencils? What motifs did you make ?

 

 

Block Quilt :Ohio Star and Nine Patch

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 Block Quilt : Ohio Star and Nine Patch

This quilt was made about 10 years ago from scraps and old bed sheets bits of pieces from family members – a recycling project. My mother has since been using it for her holiday home in Pune, India. Since then it’s been treasured and used by all us all visiting her holiday home, a sense of joy to find our little patches as if in a game.

This block quilt has 6 blocks : Two 9 patch squares and two Ohio stars and two evening / Christmas stars.

Basic Nine patch – 4 base colours preferably in similar shades or contrast with similar prints in floral or checks. Arranged here in available fabric choice.

Block quilt - 6 blocks

Block quilt – 6 blocks

 

Ohio Star -4 corner squares in one bold colour. Centre square in contrast colour. Half triangles in contrast colours make one square. Carefully sew pointed tips to touch each other inwards.

Evening Star – Cut out 8 diamond shaped pieces. Sew together adjacent edges to form star shape. Align the pointed ends carefully. Add 4 corner squares in contrast colour or print.

Evening star block

Evening star block

 

Ohio star in blue

Ohio star in blue

Sashing and binding: Solid colour or white 6″ border all around each block. This adds width and uniformity to each block. A printed blue /white sashing in 6 ” width finishes off the entire quilt together.

Additional, sashing in indigo blue binds the entire quilt, and gives necessary length and width.

 

6 block quilt

6  block quilt

 

 

Quilt in Autumn Colours

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Maple Leaf Quilt

Few years ago I wanted to quilt something unique. That’s when I came across the Maple leaf design. This large double bed size quilt is completely hand-stitched.  I know piecing the blocks, using a machine would have made it much easier and neater. However, the warm colours and the thought of a new design, kept me going.

The Maple leaf is the official symbol on the national flag of Canada. Eastern Canada is home to the sugar Maple tree. In autumn, the tree sheds its large 4- 5 point leaves, that create the most colourful, textured carpet on Mother Earth. Warm browns, rust, deep yellow, orange, fiery reds are the colours in autumn. However, for me in Singapore, its purely magical understand how seasons bring on changes in the colours of Nature.

Maple leaf king -size quilt

Maple leaf king size quilt

The block detail

The block detail

As you can see, the soft coloured leaf are at the centre, slowly bursting out in deeper colours in circular way. I wanted to create the effect of twirling leaves, undergoing gradual colour change.

Here are the details :

Total Yellow patterned blocks = 27

Light colour leaf blocks (Centre) = 4

Red colour leaf blocks ( inner ring) = 10

Deep maroon leaf blocks (outer ring) = 14

Border width = 2 inches by 10 cm. Pieces of all colours ( and more if you wish)

Finished square block = 12 inches.   9  patch square for the leaf design. Each finished small square = 4 1/2 inches.

Other maple leaf quilt patterns and block sizes are found here :

http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltblocklotto/ss/maple_leaf.htm

http://www.countrylanequilts.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/mapleleafblock.pdf

Maple leaf -Block pattern

Maple leaf -Block pattern

Uni directional maple leaf quilt

Uni directional maple leaf quilt

I leave you with few pictures shared by my friends, during their stay in USA and Canada.

My friend Medha, from India, is visiting her daughter in USA.  She loves to draw and paint. What better time and place could she possibly be in but USA ? She is having a wonderful time watching the colours of the season and collecting colourful Autumn leaves. Look how creatively she has displayed her fall collection ! Medha,I am sure you are going to paint a stunning picture on your return. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us.

Medha's collection of Maple leaves.

Medha’s collection of Maple leaves.

Medha's collection of Maple leaves -2

Medha’s collection of Maple leaves -2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet and her baby have been busy watching the Autumn leaves change colour. Here are some photos she shares.

Fiery Orange Autumn leaves

Fiery Orange Autumn leaves

 

 

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Quilted Table Mats – Set of 4 

Few years ago I made a set of 4 table mats for the blue dinner set.  It has a star applique patched on a blue thick linen material. I used complimentary colours with small checks.

Finished Size with binding : 17 inches /11 inches.  The mats were machine –quilted for ease and I sandwiched the 3 layers ( top /batting/bottom) with simple, diagonal running stitches in deep blue thread.

If making a set today – do check the size of your dinner plate, now they come not only in various sizes, but even square shapes !

Dinner plate on quilted mat.

Dinner plate on quilted mat.

Quilted Table Mat

Quilted Table Mat

Quilted Table Mats

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My work of Art and ….Heart

Quilting is my companion, it relieves stress, brings beautiful and  fond memories, and stirs the mind to create something different.

That is what I wanted to do – make a unique quilt for my grand-daughter ! So everyday, after finishing housework, I sat quietly on the apartment balcony, sipping some warm tea, singing and chanting hymns as I quilted. I wanted my grand-daughter to have something to cherish, to learn, to share with her friends as she grows, and then begin to value the patience and labour gone into quilting.  Patience…..almost a lost word for the  young generation, isnt’ it ?

I planned the baby quilt with Alphabets and corresponding motifs – A for apple, B  for bear, C for Cat ,  D for Duck  – I used  left over fabric pieces and hand stitched.

Baby quilt  with Alphabet and motifs

alphabet quilt

Then, my daughter suggested – ‘Mummy, Why don’t you add something like Eric Carle’s theme ?’ So we planned to add numbers 1-10 and shapes. These were all made with baby’s out-growns dresses. The white all-round border is wider than the blue one. Final trimming is done with left over fabric and dress materials. Quilting was set 1 inch apart, starting from the centre of the quilt, then moving outwards into the four quadrants.

And here is  the final version – complete with Alphabet , numbers and shapes.  I hope you like my innovative baby quilt.

1st year birthday gift for baby.

1st year birthday gift for baby.

Birthday Baby Quilt

An Introduction to my quilting

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My formal introduction to quilting began in Mauritius, many years ago,under the guidance of an American lady.

However, my first sewing teacher is my dear Mother.

As a young girl I would pedal the sewing machine or thread needles, as she stitched our dresses. Then I began making handkerchiefs and hemmed her saree borders. My mother’s favourite past-time is to make traditional ‘Godhadi’ or SareeQuilts.  The softness of her worn out cotton sarees and bright colours remain unmatched. One feels the love and warmth of those hands, who spent loving hours labouring over the stitches. The Godhadi or Bonta , as it is called in India, is not only a rag saver, but a way of bringing the women folk together, especially in the  rural Indian community. Simple piecing, simple conversations, simple craft !

Quilting in rural India has been very popular and resourceful. I am going to do more research on this later.

To date, I have quilted /hand stitched more than 10 -15 big and small quilts. Most of them (lovingly) have been gifted away either to my daughter, niece, sister or friends.  I recently quilted one for my first grand-daughter, as a new-born baby (see below). Done in much haste, I chanted hymns and songs while quilting, hoping to bind good vibes into the baby quilt. A gift of love, welcoming home and craft work for my little ‘Tanvi’.

I hope you will enjoy seeing my quilts.  May their colours fill your life too with beautiful moments. Warm snuggle 🙂

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