Patchwork Essentials: Minny Muu Prism Quilt

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Happy Tuesday! I have a recent quilt finish to share today. I finished this quilt in the Spring, and brought it home with me to Ohio in June to photograph. I love using my parent's white barn to hang my quilts, it's perfect. Nearly every time I go home I have a stack of quilts with me, waiting for photos.


For a few years now I've been collecting Minny Muu fabrics by Koko Seki for Lecien. There are new installments added to this collection once or twice a year. The prints are all teeny-tiny and seriously cute. I managed to snatch up fat-eighth bundles of Minny Muu Spring 2014, Spring 2015, and Fall 2015. I finally felt I should actually cut into them before buying any more!


I wanted to use up as much of the fat eighths as possible. I started planning and cutting out this project in the months after the release of my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I decided to re-make the Prism quilt using these fabrics.


Here is the original Prism quilt that I made that appears in my book! I used lots of jewel toned prints for this version. It was fun to mix it up for my new version with completely different colors.


I had more fabric than the original design called for, so I added three extra rows and two extra columns to use up every bit of my bundles. It seemed like the perfect idea at the time, but whoa! It made a really big quilt.



There was no way I could quilt something this big, so off it went to Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose this sweet floral design, I felt like it fit the prints really well.


I originally planned to back this quilt in black and white gingham. Unfortunately I made a math error when ordering the backing and I was short by about 1/4 yard. I was super bummed, but didn't think the gingham would look good with a strip of something else pieced into it. So I set that backing aside for another day and picked up this Widescreen backing. This is the third color of this print I've used for backing and I love it. So easy to use and I like how low-key it is.

I had a really hard time choosing the binding. Since the front is pretty busy and print heavy, I knew I didn't want anything too flashy. Following the backing incident, I actually bought a print for the binding and ended up not liking it. Into the stash it went, and out came a long-loved cut of Heath in black by Alexander Henry.


This was one of those quilts that seemed to take forever to finish because I kept setting it aside to work on other things. I figured out the details of what I wanted to do, then let it sit for six months. Then I cut it out and let it sit. And so on. It felt so good when I finally pulled it out of the dryer. Now I can really enjoy all those adorable prints!

Happy Quilting!

17 comments :

  1. Absolutely love the quilt! The colors, fabric & design are perfect!

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  2. Such a simple pattern But a striking Quilt! I too live in the Buckeye State. There are several barns that just fit the bill n your parent's barn does for sure for displaying purposes.

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  3. Sometimes it just takes the right time & space to get a project finished. Glad you never gave up on it ... it's beautiful!

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  4. It is so pretty, and the original Prism is beautiful as well. These are must-make quilts, for sure!

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  5. Your quilt + that barn = perfection! Absolutely love the colors and design. It's so happy! :)

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  6. Love this version of your quilt!! Very pretty.

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  7. Beautiful version! The darkest prints really make your eye travel all around the quilt! And nice barn photo!

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  8. Are your finished QST 7"? As you have in your book? They look a little smaller
    Thank you for your time,
    Jill Lewis

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    1. Thank you so much, love your book, refer to it often, time to try the prism :)

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    2. No problem! Glad to hear that :)

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  9. I just looked up the dimensions on the Prism quilt and, yeah!!, if you added all that extra fabric that is a really big quilt. Gorgeous, though. I love your book. I recently finished Radiant and hope to make another (maybe Prism?) soon.

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  10. Lovely quilt. It seems as it would be a great pleasure to snuggle under this quilt. I love the jewel toned one also.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I love the quilts - I particularly love the small prints. I love the barn. I grew up on a farm and I miss it.

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  12. These are so pretty - and that barn makes for great photos!

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  13. Your quilts are so cute, Jen! I love the 1/2 square triangles! This one looks great hanging on the barn!

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