Recently, I started a series of small projects done in a monochromatic blue palette for a new room being remodeled in our home. The first project was a Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt by Thimble Blossoms. To read about this project, please click here.
Rise & Shine Mini Quilt by Thimble Blossoms is the second project I made for the new bedroom decorated in blues and cream. It is available currently as a kit in Heirloom Manor and as a downloadable pattern.
The Rise and Shine pattern calls for a set of 5″ charms. I didn’t have a charm pack and prefer to not repeat fabrics if possible when I do scrappy, so I pulled lots of blues from my stash. There are 41 3/4″ finished pieces in each 4-1/2″ finished block! Not counting the background pieces and the matching pieces surrounding the 16-patch in the center of each block, I needed:
16 fabrics x 9 total blocks = 144 fabrics.
I do love scrappy! I choose blues of light to dark color values with a few cream fabrics to add sparkle— being careful to exclude colors analogous to pure blue such as blue-greens, turquoise, and periwinkle, as well as tones such as steel blue.
Here are the fabrics I started with from my stash:
Since the finished size of each piece is 3/4″, I cut a lot of 1-1/4″ squares and arranged them by color values. A few were fussy cut if the design was suitable.
Each 16-patch is surrounded by one fabric; the HSTs and Flying Geese are made with the stitch and flip method.
The blocks were joined together …
and the quilting design in the background was drawn with a Frixion pen. I quilted the chevron design with cream thread and did some stitch in the ditch with dark monofilament in the 16-patch.
Mini quilts are so much fun because you can have a completed project in a reasonable amount of time compared to a large quilt.
The finished size was 14″ square. I was aiming for about 13-1/2″ to 14″ so then I will have four mini quilts to hang together – two on each side of a big window in the new bedroom.
Please check back soon for the next projects in my “Blue Series”.