This is part 1 of the La Passacaglia quilt project.
At the Capital City Quilt Guild’s quilt retreat, one of my mom’s friends showed me a quilt she was working on. It was a Willyne Hammerstein millefiori quilt that she is hand piecing. Millefiori is Italian for a million flowers. I fell in love with it…
I ordered both of the Millefiori books – the original Millefiori Quilts including La Passacaglia and Millefiori Quilts 2 including Ballet. I found the books on the Inklingo website. The books are amazing, filled with many fascinating quilts. The books are also interesting in that they have text in both French and English. Text on left hand pages is in French, English on the right. Graphics are not duplicated and are labeled in both languages.
After buying the Millefiori Quilts books, I chose the La Passacaglia pattern. It’s a gorgeous kaleidascope design of interlocking rosettes made of diamonds, hexagons, and stars. The full name is La Passacaglia with Mr. Penrose. La Passacaglia is an Italian word for a specific type of musical composition and Mr. Penrose references a famous British mathematician who works on stars, cosmos, and geometric designs. A very appropriate name for a quilt of simple geometric shapes brilliantly arranged into interlocking dancing circles.
A google image search for La Passacaglia shows many variations with many different color schemes, but I was drawn to ones with multiple colors and decided I wanted to go almost candy colored in theme.
I searched and found the perfect fabric to use as the primary fabric: Kaffe Fassett Spiral Shells in Grey. Using this fabric, I’ll be able to create rosettes focused on one or two of the colors – blue, green, pink, yellow, or orange. Beyond the great colors, the design will be perfect for the center 5 diamond stars in each rosette. By using a stack and whack or fussy cutting method, the spiral designs will be interesting patterns when combined. I will use the spiral fabric for the center stars for each rosette to give a little consistency across the rosettes. I also picked up some grey and white tone on tones to tie all of the rosettes together.
So get prepared for a number of posts about this quilt. It’s hand pieced, and kinda large, so it will take me quite a while to finish. It won’t be the only project I’ll be working on, but it will definitely be a fixture on the blog for a while. Next up I’ll discuss the techniques for cutting out and piecing all of these tiny little pieces.