Attaching The Star Row to Your La Passacaglia Quilt

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Let me say that this is the way I have found to be the easiest way to attach the star row to the La Passacaglia Quilt. I can also tell you I’m not big on changing my thread. I’ve finished one La Pass and I’m halfway though the second. I think I have tried every which way to get those darn stars on. They are so small and hard to work with. At times they don’t seems to line up so consequently I have used every trick in the book.

I’ll quickly explain what works for me and then explain what didn’t.

  1.  Start with the small rosette/pentagons all stitched together. Then attach a complete row of star points. Tip-when sewing just remember that the big part of the star triangle is attached to the big part of the pentagon, not in the dip. So big/big.
Attaching Points to a Small Star Row Rosette La Passacaglia Quilt

Attaching Star Row Points for La Passacaglia

2. Next attach the alternating diamond/small pentagon row. Again stitching right around.

Diamond and Small Pentagon Row for La Passacaglia Quilt

Alternating Diamond and Small Pentagon Row for La Passacaglia Quilt

3) Next, attach the remaining star points going right around.

I particularly like this method because I can sew with fewer thread changes (which I hate). The pieces seem to fit better when attached individually. Not all rosettes have complete star rings but it works just the same no matter how many stars you attach.

I have done the- make the complete star row and then attached it to the smaller rosette but that didn’t always fit right.

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Some people have tried this way below, which I think is so clever but too many thread changes for me.

Alternate Way to Attach Star Row for English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt

Alternate Way To Attach Star Row for La Passacaglia Quilt

Marlene Hill (below) has an interesting way of attaching but leaving the 5th star point out and then making it easier to attach the next row in the large rosette. Thanks for sharing.

Alternate Way to Attach Fifth Star Point

Marlene Hill Attaching the Fifth Star Point for La Passacaglia Quilt

I hope this helps.

Let me know what you think and what you’ve found works best for you I’d love to add it here.
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13 Comments
  1. bobbie 10 months ago

    What a great idea ! Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? “Keep It Simple .”

    • thediyaddict 9 months ago

      I think it has been floating around on the Facebook group but no one formalized it! Thanks

  2. Kerry & Jim 10 months ago

    Thanks for the tips. I have found another way as well…where you only have to sew straight lines…with only one inset to stitch. Unfortunately I can’t work out how to include a photo of the sections but I’m sure there are many alternatives. I am loving the journey. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt with us.

  3. nancy1949 9 months ago

    Saw you on IG. Thanks so much!!! Getting ready to try ??

    • thediyaddict 9 months ago

      Nancy let me know what you think. And thanks for letting me know how you found this! Super helpful 🙂

  4. Marsha 9 months ago

    Karen, thanks for this tip. I have already started the stars around by stitching the entire ring together but the next rosette I will try this technique. I think any tip you give will be a reliable since you have completed one and are making headway on #2. That puts you at Expert level in my book! Thanks again!

    • thediyaddict 9 months ago

      Marsha you are so welcome. I always feel a little awkward suggesting that something is “the best” because really it is all about personal preference. So thank you 🙂

  5. Marsha 8 months ago

    So I am finally doing the star row following your suggestions. I will let you know what I think when I get these four stars in place with the alternating diamonds. I did add the two tips to the pentagons and that went very easily. Thanks for that!!

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      thediyaddict 8 months ago

      Marsha this makes me so happy. Please let me know!

  6. Diane Naman 2 months ago

    I’ve just started on the star row so I’ve been reading your blog very carefully !! Thanks so much for all the info…I’m not working from a book so any helpful hints are very welcome.
    I love your finished quilt….it reminds me of “Dolly Mixtures”…
    all my fabrics are Kaffe Fassette, so bright blues, purples and shocking pinks !! I think I will do the centre of the stars in white after hearing your comments on contrast. Thanks so much and I’ll be reading your blog and tutorial again and again !!

  7. Brenda Walczewski 2 months ago

    Hi am having trouble putting the little star sides together, trouble getting to attach. The material to them , is there a simple way to do that. As far as that goes the rest is going together well. Can glue or double sided tape be used? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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      Karen Tripp 2 months ago

      Hi Brend,I’m not exactly sure what you mean by attaching. I think you might be having trouble gluing the fabric to the paper piece. You do have to be careful using too much glue because you’ll never get those papers out at the end of the quilt. I have never tried double stick tape but I don’t think that would be a good idea. Again it might be too hard to remove the papers. So there is always a balance with using glue. You need enough to keep it attached but you don’t want to over do it. I glue each longer side first then the little bottom side and I do run a line of glue along the little bottom side that is also on the fabric. Sometimes I will put them under a heavy book to dry. Let me know if this what you are saying.

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