Saturday, March 21, 2015

tweak for laPassacaglia construction

I thought it might be helpful to share the following with those planning or currently constructing this quilt.

If you are working off of the complete quilt view found on page 164, it is correct. 

The areas circled in red are rosettes that don't quite match up to their prescribed numbers in the individual rosette instructions.

This rosette is labeled as a type 7 on the page 164 schematic, but it required an additional outer star and diamond to make it match the quilt overview. Type 7 rosettes on the individual instructions (p.162) require only 4 outer stars. This particular rosette fits beneath rosette 1 on the quilt.

This was an easy fix, because adding shapes to these is much easier than taking them off!

The other area of concern is located directly beneath the large number 3 rosette.   What is labeled as two number 4 rosettes is actually a hybrid combo. For this area, I just followed the complete quilt schematic (page 164) to help me choose the correct shapes and amounts of pieces to correctly lock it into place.

There are many, many pieces in this pattern, and it is completely understandable that a small change here or there might be necessary. I mean in no way to disrespect the author or publisher of this amazing quilt.

I would strongly suggest working off of the quilt overview diagram on page 164 to construct your laPassacaglia quilt. I switched to using it exclusively after these anomalies happened, and I have not had a problem since. It is accurate, and the best way to proceed, in my opinion. I'm sure those who are using it haven't experienced any difficulty, and are wondering what all the hullabaloo is about!

Happy stitching, -Kamie


  1. Thank you for writing this up Kamie. I will find a way to add it to the Millefiori/ La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing Facebook group files.

    1. If it even saves one person some time or frustration, it was well worth it!

  2. Very useful and loving your progress on this. I've only done 2 large rosettes and one small so far.

    1. Keep with it! If you need to take a break from it, do. I have several times, and I know it has helped me refocus from time to time. If you've completed 2 large ones already, you're committed, right?!? Those are really the hardest ones, anyway. You're halfway done with them :) :) :)

  3. I just discovered your blog--what fun! I think I already follow your lovely instagram photos, and it will be twice as nice now.