Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Cheeky Soaker and Quilting {Yarn Along}

26 March 2014

Cheeky Soaker and Quilting {Yarn Along}

There's SO MUCH to do in preparation for Lil' J's arrival in 7 weeks at the most. I often wonder, "Where has the time gone?" As much as I want to meet him, I also want him to stay put for another 5+ weeks, so that I can get everything accomplished that I want to.

Knitting wise, I am knitting a small cheeky soaker for my unborn son. Since Charis was almost 10 lbs. at birth, I decided that I'm not knitting newborn items, even though I'd love to. This project is another attempt to stash bust. My husband is happy that the last time I bought yarn was when we were in PA in February, and I have not seriously looked at buying yarn since then.

I am "reading" 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts and 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. I have never made a quilt, but am hoping to sew one for our son. I'm keeping it simple {I hope}. Sewing only 16 blocks. We'll see how it turns out. I'm praying and hoping it does. Do you have any tips for a quilting newbie?

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  1. I tend to shy away from making newborn items usually - you get more use out of the larger sizes anyway. Baby items are a great stash buster for sure. Can't wait to see all your little projects over the next few weeks.

  2. Hope you get it all done in time. Like the colors and layout of your quit idea.
    No tips I'm afraid - I working also working on my first ever quilt - keeping it simple with square blocks.

  3. My last was a December baby, so I OD'd on newborn hats. Otherwise I went with bigger sizes and just rolled up sleeves and cuffs. Newborn size is so fleeting! I miss it :)

  4. That looks like a great starting quilt block. As for tips I'd focus on keep a consistent quarter inch seam. I'd also suggest using a sashing (or possibly two) around your blocks. It's a great trick for if you're blocks don't all finish the same size. Just cut your sashing a bit bigger and trim after sewing it to your blocks so that everything is the same size. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I'm not an expert, but I've made a few quilts and will be happy to help if I can.

    1. Thanks for the tips!! I'll keep a CLOSE eye on keeping a consistent 1/4 inch seam.

  5. I love to knit and am knitting a little blue hat and pink hat for my little baby when (s)he arrives in late July. It's crazy how fast time flies. I hope you enjoy the remaining 5 weeks of your pregnancy.

  6. I wish I could knit! This is adorable "). And I agree with you - making newborn stuff is a waste of time! They don't stay little long enough!

  7. Quilting is something that I admire when others do it, but not something I probably would ever do myself (only because of lack of time).

  8. Quilting can be quite easy. Since you are already a crafter, a knitter no less, I am sure you will have no problem making a quilt. Just stick to straight lines for your first quilt.

  9. I'm a new quilter too. Buying fabric is addicting, and I need a 12 step program! Wishing you a happy, sleepy baby!

  10. Cannot believe you're that close to delivery! My biggest baby was over 9 lbs., so I know what you mean about not knitting for a newborn. :)