granny squares

When I was young, my aunt Sharon taught me how to make granny squares. She gave me a skein of yarn and a little H aluminum crochet hook and off I went.

i kept up with this crafting skill over the years, teaching myself how to read pattern charts and make special crochet stitches.

I’ve made afghans and table runners, sweaters and scarves, hats and baby blankets… lots of baby blankets. I’ve given away most of these projects. One, a lavender cardigan I made for my grandmother, was returned to me when she passed away. It still holds the scent of her White Shoulders perfume.

Come fall, I bring out my hooks and yarn, and start new projects. This year, I’m making myself a lap quilt. I saw the pattern, and thought it looked like those vintage millefiori glass paperweights with all its bright colors.

Counting all the main octagon- and square-shaped motifs, and the triangle fillers, I will make 92 separate pieces. I’m almost ready to begin sewing it together.

Every time I sit down to crochet anything, I think of my aunt Sharon. She passed away in 1999 after a long battle with colon cancer. I’m grateful that I have this special memory of her, and that I’ve maintained this skill for so long.

I’m grateful for:

  1. My aunt Sharon
  2. Strong hands
  3. Perseverance and patience
  4. Family and friends who appreciate handmade gifts

365 Days of Grace


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14 thoughts on “Millefiori

  1. My mom taught me how to crochet, and how to do several stitches, and I think I remember how to read the patterns. LOL Some of the stitches I’m not sure I remember how to do, such as the shell stitch. During Pro-Football (NFL) season, we’d get out the thread and hooks and crochet together as we cheered on our team(s).
    I would love to know where you found the pattern for the lap quilt, and the patterns for the squares, otigones and triangles you have in the picture. I started with granny squares, too, but that was a very long time ago.
    I lost my mom (sounds like I misplaced her, doesn’t it?) to cancer also. It started with colon cancer and spread. A year later, she was gone. But, she didn’t fight it with chemo and radiation and things of that nature. She wanted to enjoy what was left of her life. She was 82 when she died.
    Oops. Sorry, I start rambling sometimes. Anyway, can you share where you got the patterns? I’d love to work on something this winter like I did with Mom. 🙂



    1. I’m sorry for the loss of your mom. It’s sweet that you both shared crocheting. I found the pattern at and it’s called “In Love with Color Throw.” My stitch gauge is fairly small, so I made more motifs than the pattern called for, and used similar, but not the same colors listed.


  2. Those are pretty. I’ve never learned more than one crochet stitch and have never really felt inclined to laern anything more complicated because crocheting is the mindless hand activity I do while vegging out on TV. But pictures like these really make me want to learn!


    1. It’s that “mindless” part I enjoy too. Once I get a pattern, and get into a rhythm with the hook and stitches, I can speed through each motif or line of stitches in no time.


  3. My great grandmother liked to crochet.
    I’ve made several blankets but we couldn’t use them all on the boat, so I took the biggest down to my mother to keep her warm when she sits in her chair by the patio windows to watch the birds.


    1. Before her passing, I was able to show my aunt how far I came from her early lessons. It pleased her that I was still crocheting. I only wish my daughter was interested in learning. Maybe a granddaughter some day…

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