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!


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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. No problem! Glad to hear that :)

  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.

  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

  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.

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

  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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