I've been working on la passacaglia for 5 weeks now and this is what I've achieved in that time. I was on holiday for most of that time so I don't expect to achieve this much every 5 weeks.
I'm really pleased with my progress, but can see that it's going to take at least the rest of this year to make this quilt. I don't mind that - I always knew a hand pieced quilt would take a long time.
There are 2 main reasons why it's slow going:
1. choosing the fabrics is very time consuming (for me at least). I plan out a rosette, but after I've stitched a row I change my mind about what fabric I want to use next. I building up quite a little pile of cut pieces that haven't been used yet. I'm learning not to cut too far in advance, and just wait and see what will work as it grows. I also think it helps to have 2 rosettes on the go at once and I can swap between them while I think about the fabrics to use.
2. Hand stitched glue basted pieces is not easy. I'm finding it quite hard on my hands and I can't stitch for long periods of time. I still much prefer the glue basting to hand basting, so will just keep going slowly.
Unfortunately my mind is working way ahead of my hands, and I keep dreaming up great fabric combinations that I'm afraid I will forget. My sewing table is covered in piles of fabric which I intend to use in due course.
Interestingly, these were my initial fabric selections for this quilt.
I've used a five of these fabrics so far, but it's the overall look of the Kaffe Fassett Millefiori in the background that I'm trying to achieve, and I think I'm going OK with that.
In case you're feeling tempted and wondering how to join this craze, I ordered the book, templates and paper pieces from Paperpieces.com in USA. Think long and hard before you decide to start though - it's occupying every spare moment of my time at present.
Oh, and there's a facebook group now too for those making the quilt
- Millefiori/ La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing
You need to ask to join, but they are a friendly and supportive bunch.
I'm linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts and Freshly Pieced this week.