munki in the middle quilt


So what can I tell you about this quilt? Maybe I should just tell you how much I love it and leave it at that?

I think you already know how much I love these fabrics. I’ve been collecting them for quite a long time now, with help from many online friends (thanks everyone!). I’m currently working on a quilt with many of the prints, but it’s slow going. So in the meantime, I wanted to do something that would be a little faster and would use some of the prints I hadn’t yet used.


Since these fabrics weren’t designed as part of a fabric line, they don’t necessarily all work together, and sometimes it makes it hard for me to think how to use them in a quilt. (I feel like the quilt should make sense, you know? But maybe that’s silly…). At the same time, I feel the urge to keep them all together, even though you might look at it and wonder why there are kittens paired with tennis players with a few pears thrown in. As I was contemplating this the other night, I pulled them all out again just to look at them and I realized that I really love the background colors, especially when they’re all together. The colors are so bright and fun — hot pink, lime green, orange, purple & turquoise. I decided to go with those colors to create a really bright and colorful quilt based around these fabrics.

Each munki munki center has a really thin white solid around it and then on half of them I used a solid as the second layer, followed by a print, and the reverse on the other half.


And then I sashed all the blocks in white. And like I said earlier, I love it. (Although these photos really don’t do it justice! I should probably retake them when the sun’s out and I have someone around to hold it up!)


For the back, I used an Amy Butler solid and I pieced in a few extra munki munki blocks.


I wasn’t sure about this yellow polka dot for the binding, since I had a feeling that the polka dots were too spread apart, and possibly wouldn’t even show on the binding, but in the end I went with it anyway because I really wanted to use yellow for the binding (and it turns out my stash is a little lacking in yellow!). The polka dots do show in some places and not in others, which actually kind of works with my quilt design – half solids, half prints… ah ha!

This little quilt measures about 27″ x 34″, and is now listed in the shop!


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44 Responses to munki in the middle quilt

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    DivaQuilts says:

    so cute!! I love those litte fabrics too – and since I never use fabric lines in whole (or mostly, even in part) I heartily approve of your mixing them up!

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    wendy says:

    Love it so much! Love the detail of the white around the squares. When I saw the back I was like, OMG, perfect.

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    ...dotty... says:

    Don’t doubt yourself………if you love it, you’ve done it right !

    And far be it from me to talk you out of keeping it…….but when you have a problem with dark threads being caught in the batting layer, and showing through the quilt top or back, you can take a hand-sewing needles, and using the eye, burrow in to the fabric where the thread is showing. Then you can maneuver it around just a bit and ‘pull’ the thread through and out. It takes a bit of doing, but sometimes it saves a quilt from being ruined by those dark threads !

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    I’m not a devout HR fan, but you do so some fun stuff with her fabric.

    And do you work or spend time with Morgan? You can really shurn out the quilts!

    PS I REALLY love the the back on this one.

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    carolyn says:

    This turned out BEAUTIFULLY! I love everything about it, the colors, the back, the blocks…well done!

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    bear says:

    You knocked another one out of the park. Can’t wait to see the next one, and I’m dying to see your Blue/Green/Yellow MM quilt…

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    Whitney says:

    so cute! the back (too often?) is my favorite part. and the yellow binding is just the perfect shade, even if its spots are missing in spots!

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    rosamaria says:

    fantastico! is really a lovely quilt!!! i love the back, is just perfect!!!

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    Alissa says:

    The cuteness here is EXTREME!! Love it!

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    kerri says:

    super cute!! i love the bright and cheery colors!!

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    Faith says:

    Very very cute! I’m thinking of starting a MM quilt soon and love your other blocks with the pastels. I need to get some solids!

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    Audrie says:

    Such a gorgeous quilt! Beautifully done πŸ™‚

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    megan says:

    Beautiful as usual! I am working on my first Munki quilt right now. I was also wondering if all the prints would work together, since there is no “theme” other than Munki, but I’m going for it! You pulled these all together wonderfully!

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    Megan says:

    Awesome! and so fast, it just staggers me. The back is so beautiful and delicate, I just love it. I am just now working on a wall hanging for my mom, inspired by the giveaway you offered a couple weeks ago–and this is now inspiring me to use some of the HR fabrics I’ve been collecting, too. Thanks, as always, for the motivation.

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    Kaye Prince says:

    Gorgeous! I always love your quilts – they’re just awesome (and so are you)!

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    I just adore this quilt. I love that you put all the different prints into one quilt!! I wouldn’t blame you for keeping it, I need to make a HR quilt of my own. I never feel like I have enough to start though…..the words of a true addict!!

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    Ashley in WA says:

    I just love your work. I’ve been lurking around your blog for quite some time. I was wondering…. what white fabric do you usually use for your lattices and such? I have a bit of trouble with Kona stretching, but I do love the feel of it. Thanks.

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    amandajean says:

    oh, i hate those stray threads! they are inevitable, aren’t they? i love the front. but i LOVE the back. it’s cute all around. even down to the half dotted binding. nice work!

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    Liz says:

    Ooh, I wouldn’t want to part with it, either! Really great! And I love the design you made on the back. Very cool.

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    Pippa says:

    Great quilt. Love your site as there’s always inspiration for color and design. I have even dared make quilts based on photos, instead of using patterns alone.

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    vicki says:

    what you did on the back there is very cool.

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    amanda says:

    Great design, gorgeous colors, and a wonderful way to show off some incredible fabrics!

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    Kate says:

    What I really like about this quilt is how you have framed some of the Munki prints with a white border, it frames them nicely and draws the eye. For me…it’s a keeper πŸ˜‰ Nice work Ashley.

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    Collette says:

    I think it’s a perfect reason to keep it!

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    Kyla says:

    LOVE IT !!!!! i love the way it came together even if tennis and kittens dont really go together. the color flows very well. love the back. i like the way that you connected all the squares

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    jacquie says:

    i stumbled onto a pair of munki alien pjs today…yippee…my collection is growing. i love how you used them in this quilt. they’re soooo cute.

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    Theresa says:

    Pretty gorgeous Ashley. This is a great way to bring all those wonderful but different HR fabrics together. I think you’ve done splendidly! Well done again.

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    leigh says:

    i love it too! i’ve been thinking of my future munki quilt and thinking the same thing about the lack of going- together-ness of all the prints. i love you yours turned out and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the back. maybe i’ll just do that.

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    Terri says:

    Love it! I have been wanting to try these blocks, so I’m glad to read about your method to each border around the center square. That back is awesome!

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    Suzanne says:

    I am amazed at the quilts you make! It’s lovely!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Wonderful!!! I think I may try something similar!!!

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    Munaiba says:

    This is really lovely and the fabrics are gorgeous. I’ve never seen these fabrics on the web. I wonder if they are available. Have to go and look.

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    stacey says:

    I really like that you set each little block off with a solid – that really inspires me to do the same – I hate to “lose” munki in the middle – it deserves spotlight:)

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    patricia says:

    I love all your drunk love quilts!

    Do you paper piece?

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    Penny says:

    love it Ashley! And definitely, you should keep it. Even if there weren’t minute (imaginary?) spots on the back!

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    Randi-Sue says:

    I love the way you add blocks to the back of the quilt too. I’ve been afraid to try it b/c I’m sure it’ll end up being squint. Any tips?

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    Kim D. says:

    Love your quilt and the back is adorable. Great Job!!

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