My First Knitted Baby Clothes – Sweater and jump suit

My first knitted baby clothes - sweater and pants - My first knitted baby clothes - sweater and pants - My first knitted baby clothes - sweater and pants - My first knitted baby clothes - sweater and pants - My first knitted baby clothes - sweater and pants -

These sweater and jump suit are the very first clothes I  have knitted. This was 20 years ago. When yarn began to attract me. You may feel that attraction yourself. You walk innocently on a sidewalk when you realise you just passed a yarn store. Your feet are directing you to the entrance even before you made a conscious decision to enter. Once inside, you see and touch the sweetest and softest yarn. And while going through the magazines you find the perfect pattern for that yarn!


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First ever knitting project -

My First Ever Knitting Project

My first (and imperfect) quilt -

My First (and Imperfect) Quilt


My First Paper-Pieced Blocks

My first paper-piecing pattern

My First Paper-Piecing Pattern

Cardinal and Red Berries Quilt -

My First Free-Motion Quilting



Brick-Wall Blanket – A picture-and-chart-only tutorial

Brick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comBrick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comBrick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comI have made this Brick-Wall Blanket with leftover baby yarn. Most of the blanket was made with the double-crochet stitch. The rest is a combination of chain stitch, slip stitch and single crochet for a lacy border. And more double crochets for a finishing touch of scallops. Below is a picture of a chart I have draw for this Brick-Wall Blanket. The printable picture-and-chart-only tutorial can be found here.

Here are other blankets I have made with the same yarn. Plus a cape. In fact, all those projects were crocheted with the same yarn balls. Four big balls. I think I am ready for a change of colors… (You can click on the pictures to read about them.)

Granny-Square Cape -          Narcissus Baby Blanket -          Juicy-Fruit Afghan -          Tricolor Baby Blanket -


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Lavender for the Baby Quilt at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Lavender for the Baby - quilt - France Nadeau

This post is about a quilt I have entered in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2015. I have decided to participate after reading a post written by Lara from BuzzinBumble. She writes that the Festival is more about community and sharing than about competition. I can only agree. And thank her for writing those words that prompted me into action.

Here are the important dates regarding this Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2015:

May 15-21 Entries

May 22-29 Votes

May 30 Winners announced

I have entered my Lavender for the Baby quilt in the Small Quilt category. It measures 58,5 x 63,5 cm / 23″ x 25″. This quilt was embroidered by hand (the lavender), pieced with the sewing machine and quilted with my precious Janome Quilt/Decor (using two different stitches). The binding was sewn on the front with a sewing machine and sewn on the back by hand. A fun and opportunistic use of different techniques!

Lavender for the Baby quilt -

A view from the side

Lavender for the Baby quilt -

The front – made with red and green fat quarters and a bigger piece of pink cotton

Lavender for the Baby quilt -

Little flowers made by my sewing machine – faster than hand embroidery

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The back – made with leftover fabric

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The lavender – hand embroidery

I hope you will enjoy looking at the many quilts of the various categories. I will for sure. Happy Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2015 and do not forget to vote!


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Lavender bush - France Nadeau

One of my lavender bushes – heavenly fragrance

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The quilt in a roll – with lavender stems and a rose

Knitted and Crocheted Dress Tops


Lately, I have been seeing many pictures of dresses made with crocheted or knitted tops and fabrics bottoms. I do not want to copy those pictures here in my post but if you go to my Pinterest “crochet et tricot” board (crochet and knitting), you will see a few of these pictures. I find those little girls dresses so cute that my hands started itching for yarn.

I did not want to replicate the dresses I have seen and wanted to make my own design. I certainly did not want to copy the creator, though I could not say who is the first person to have made such a dress. If you know the answer, please let me know.

As I had not used knitting needles for some time, I decided to knit the top. I made two. A white and pink top for a 1 year-old girl and a blue and green top for a 2 years-old girl. Once the knitting and the assembling was done, I decided to make a contrasting border in crochet. I love knitting but there nothing like a crochet hook to add a fast and pretty finish to a piece.


The pink and the green borders are basically identical: one row of single crochets and a row a scallops (three double crochets). For the smaller version, I added picot stitches all around. I think they add even more cuteness to the pink border.


Bellow is an explanation on how I make the picot stitch. I made this image last January when writing the pattern for my Picot Fingerless Gloves. You can find free patterns and tutorials on my web site.


The front and the back are identical and I only assembled the sides. Now I have to sew some fabric to make them dresses. Again, if you know who invented the first yarn and fabric girl dress (or the right name), please tell me. I would like to contact this person and say how much I love those dresses. Thank you,


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Other posts about knitting and crocheting for babies:


Sweet Girl Sweater


 First Ever Knitting Project


Juicy Fruit Afghan


Tricolor Baby Blanket


Narcissus Baby Blanket