Sunday, 18 September 2016

la passacaglia - it's finished!!

Yes, it's true.  My la passacaglia quilt is finished and I'm really thrilled with it. I love how all the Kaffe Fassett fabrics provide so much colour and interest.


I started this quilt way back at Christmas 2014, after carefully considering if I could really hand sew a big quilt like this.  I decided to take the plunge, and I'm very glad I did because I've really enjoyed the process, and learnt a lot about colour and pattern.


I chose to English Paper Piece (EPP) my quilt, and this experience has certainly improved my EPP skills.  I'm not afraid to tckle anything that requires EPP now.


I always knew I would hand quilt my la passacaglia because I thought if I was going to hand piece a quilt in a traditional manner, I would hand quilt in a traditional manner too.


You can find links to all my previous posts about this quilt on my la passacaglia / Millefiori tab at the top of the page, or by clicking here . Those posts include:
- how to get started on a quilt like this
- Glue basting vs thread basting
- thread selection
- attaching the borders
- hand quilting


I'm not quite sure where I'm going to put this quilt yet, but it's already got a hanging sleeve on the back, so I just need to find a clear wall space out of the sun.

Thank you for all the support I've received while making this quilt - from my blog followers and readers, the Millefiori/la passacaglia Facebook group, and on Instagram. You've all kept me returning to this quilt when I've drifted off to other things. Thank you.

And yes, I am already thinking about my next millefiori quilt. I already have the templates and paper pieces for Ballet Avec Kaffe Fassett from Willyne's second book - Millefiori Quilts 2. But I know she's working on a third book so I better get a wriggle on.


Finished size - 68" x 77" (173 cm x 196 cm)


PS I did enter my quilt in QuiltMania's competition, but my quilt wasn't one of those chosen by the publishers to hang at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year. I'm thrilled that my mum's quilt was chosen though, and look forward to seeing photos of it there.

mum's top before she hand quilted it

28 comments:

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Amazing Wendy! I love the fabric you chose for the border. It really finishes it off beautifully!

Mary Van Kleeck said...

Both quilts ate really beautiful. I'm working on one but I'm way, way, way behind.

Michele T said...

Gorgeous and spectacular quilts!!! Love the colours in the quilt you made!!!❤️💙💚💛💜

Sharon T said...

This is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen! Really! please enter it in more shows because it has "winner" written all over it!
(I am rtakc on Instagram)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

both quilts are so pretty and so enjoyed watching your progress - sorry your quilt wasn't selected to show but glad that your mum's was - congrats to her

Sewing Up A Storm said...

I actually found you blog by trying to find Passagaglia quilts and how others quilted them. I have to say in my opinion yours is my favorite of all I have seen and I am sad it did not get selected for Houston. The colors you chose just say happiness and joy. Do try to enter it in other shows as I think it is show worthy. The one I quilted is going (I just can't believe it). I will be at the show and will take photos of all the the Passagalia quilts there so will see the one your Mother made. Hers is really pretty too.

Lyndle said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this. It is very inspiring. Love, love your colour choices.

Susie said...

amazing! It's stunning. Love it.

margaret said...

so beautiful have so enjoyed watching you create this beauty Houston`s loss such a shame as I know everyone would have loved it.

Frances Meredith said...

Well done. A hanging sleeve as well! I really love how you have used the border fabric to set it off. You are tempting me to try this one!

Julie said...

Your quilt is just stunning, I adore all the colours, and love how that thin blue border strip high lights the quilt colours. Well done on such an epic finish.

Tilly said...

It is a beauty, lots of work but a fantastic result.

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

What a magical quilt, it really draws one in! Your vivid colour choices are fantastic! Well done on finishing such a challenging project!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is an amazing quilt. The color is bold and actually electrifying. I had to have a close look at the hand quilting. I am definitely going to review your process. Thank you for sharing, thank you for continuing to blog too.
xx, Carol

Patchwork and Play said...

You should be very proud of this quilt Wendy- its absolutely beautiful!! I love the border you constructed. Was it fussy cut from a Kaffe fabric? And it deserves to be hung where plenty of people can see it- A quilt show would have been a great start, but it wasn't to be.....

fanfan said...

MAGNIFIQUE! beautiful♥♥♥♥

Suzy Webster said...

It's gorgeous! My mom's quilt got into the Houston exhibit and I too an excited to see it there! Are you going to Houston?

Béa said...

Amazing quilt !

Granny Maud's Girl said...

You must be so thrilled to have finished it. Are you seriously planning something else along similar lines? (Silly me. Of course you are!)
Congratulations to your mum for having her quilt chosen for Houston.
Would you consider showing yours more locally? What about a NZ quilt show? Enter it and scoop the prize pool!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Congratulations on completion of this quilt. It has been a great pleasure to see the progress over the last couple of years. I love the border fabric and have some of my own that I am hoarding. Your quilt gives me an idea of how it will look when I use it. Your mother's quilt is lovely too. Who knows how judges decide which quilts to include in an exhibit. I don't know if I could choose.

Daphne said...

Such a wonderful quilt! The colours are amazing!

Daphne

Raewyn said...

Wow - congratulations on such a beautiful finish!! Such a work of art. Well done to your Mum too; yours would have looked great in Houston as well.

Alison said...

Stunning Wendy. You must be exhilarated and quietly chuffed! How wonderful to share a hobby with your Mum. Very special.

Sandi said...

Congratulations on your finish Wendy, I'm sure that with a lot of others that follow your blog we are disappointed yours won't be going to Houston but curators have a vision for the show that doesn't always fit with what we create. I'm delighted for your mom that hers was included. I sure that someone will share pictures of hers in Houston. Congratulations on you both for finishing these lovely quilts.

Lynn said...

This is just stunning!!

Wendy said...

What an amazing achievement! Your quilt is just stunning. I live in england so i have lots of walls out of the direct sunlight, if you want to hang it on one of those, feel free

Ruth said...

Congratulations to you both. I have loved following your progress on both quilts!

NickiJ said...

Such a vision to see it finally completed, border on, quilted. Will you be hanging it on a large wall to admire or actually be used on a bed? Shame that it wasn't selected for publication, but bonus that your Mum's quilt was. When people view this, sometimes they flick past quickly after they "ohhed" and "ahhed" for a moment, but the hours of pleasure you must have had making it, make it masterpiece in my eyes. Congratulations on a wonderful quilt.