Blue Room Project #4 is a pinwheel mini quilt I made to use up LOTS of HSTs (half-square triangles) from Project #3 – the Graceful Stars mini quilt. The Blue Room is a small bedroom we added to our house by remodeling an open space over our kitchen table. It will be used for foreign exchange students or a quiet place for me to read.
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The image below shows the color palette and fabrics I used. As with other projects in my Blue Series, I tried to use light, medium, and dark values of pure blue, avoiding the analogous blues that mix in green (blue greens), red (periwinkles), or gray (steel blues).
When I made Project #3, I had lots of HSTs leftover. I made the HSTs the common way – combining two 2″ squares of fabric RS together, drawing a center diagonal line, sewing 1/4″ away on each side, and cutting on the center line. This method makes two matching HSTs. I did not repeat any of the fabrics in the stars in the Graceful Stars project, so I had a large duplicate set to use. Half consisted of lighter and darker blues. The other half had a blue fabric and background fabric (hidden under the blue HSTs below). I wanted to find a design or pattern that would utilize these orphan HSTs.
I chose Quilt Square #5 from the Quilt Squares #3 pattern which is the pinwheel design on the stand in the lower right corner.
I first saw these amazing mini quilts as samples for an Heirloom Manor kit we sold in the past.
Since my HSTs were a bit smaller and I wanted a finished project between 13-1/2″ and 14″ square, I altered the pattern somewhat to have five rows of five pinwheels. I used the HSTs made of blue and background fabrics for the pinwheels, arranging them so the lighter ones were in the center. With a couple of exceptions, my collection of HSTs worked quite well! The Pinwheels were sewn into rows, alternating with background One-Patches, ending with over-sized setting triangles to help the Pinwheels appear to float and increase the size..
I used the remaining HSTs made of two blues for a pieced outer border.
I find I do not want to quilt over the scrappy miniature piecing, so I did stitch in the ditch around the outer border, some simple echo quilting in the setting triangles, and a square in the One-Patch background areas.
Stay tuned for Blue Room Project # 5 next week – it is quite different and probably my favorite. I ran out of leftover pieces to use up but not blue fabric!