Rise and Shine Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #2


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.

Rise and Shine Mini Quilt in Heirloom Manor

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.

If you are drawn to this design, the Rise and Shine Mini Quilt is a miniature version of a larger Rise and Shine quilt, also by Thimble Blossoms.

Please check back soon for the next projects in my “Blue Series”.


  1. Susan Lawyer - March 3, 2016

    Where can i buy the stand the mini quilt is on and what size is it?

  2. Gmakitty - March 3, 2016

    awesome, I really like these

    • Ann - March 4, 2016

      Thanks Gmakitty! Mini quilts are fun to do – if you like sewing with itty bitty pieces.