Marking The Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Quilt


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When I first started with the La Passacaglia Quilt, I ran into a few issues, especially with marking the paper pieces. I sure spent a lot of time re-doing my quilt. In this video and written tutorial, I’ll discuss several tips and tricks as well as a method I use for marking my paper pieces.

Video Guide

Written Guide

How To Not Sew in Your La Passacaglia Rosette Rows

How Not to Sew in your La Passacaglia Pieces

Don’t let this happen to you!

I fussy cut most of my pentagons for the La Passacaglia Quilt and I struggle with keeping them in the right order and direction. After too many mistakes I now mark the back of my pieces. You can use a pencil but I use a pen. This makes it so easy to zip right through that pentagon ring. I get into a stitching groove and don’t like to stop and put down my work to find the direction of the next pentagon. Some of my mistakes have been even after I took the time to look for the next pentagon shape and still got it wrong when I stitched it in. 🙁

In this example the unicorns were going every which way so the bottom edge was particularly hard to find.

Example Fabric for your English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt

Example Fabric for Stitching La Passacaglia


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Prepare the pentagons, cut the shapes and baste.

Prepared Pentagons for La Passacaglia and English Paper Piecing

Prepared Pentagons for La Passacaglia Quilt

Layout the order you want to use.

Laying out your La Passacaglia Rosette

La Passacaglia Rosette Layout

Flip over the pieces EXACTLY in that order carefully keeping the bottom edge in the same spot. I flip sideways.

Opposite View of a La Passacaglia Quilt

Reverse View of a La Passacaglia Rosette

Start anywhere and mark the papers with numbers 1 to 10. I mark close to the bottom edge just above the folded fabric. Make sure not to confuse the 6 and 9 by using an underline or something to distinguished them.

Numbering your Paper Pieces for your English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt

Numbered Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Rosette

Then I stack them in order 1 to 10 and you are ready to stitch.

Always keep the numbered end at the bottom (in this case next to the skinny diamonds)

Complete Marking of Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Quilt

Reverse View of Marked La Passacaglia Rosette

This systems works with all the pentagon rings.

Sidenote:

Notice my stitches and how invisible they are. I’m using the “Flat Back Stitch” found HERE:
Good luck and happy stitching 🙂

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10 Comments
  1. Denise in PA 2 years ago

    Brilliant! I will be using this technique immediately!

  2. igniteyourcreativespark 2 years ago

    I did exactly this and one of my fussy cut patterns is facing the wrong way. I was so careful too. I’m not going to unpick it as its not massively obvious and it will be something I’ll look at fondly given time. I will be using your suggestion next time thought as I don’t want to repeat it and you suggestion is so simple and easy. Thanks!

    • thediyaddict 2 years ago

      Yep I think we’ve all done it at least once if not more! Thanks and happy stitching:)

  3. Kerry 9 months ago

    Hopefully it is a mistake you only make once.

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      thediyaddict 9 months ago

      Kerry I have to tell you I’ve done more than once!!!!!

  4. Janice in Cali 9 months ago

    I NEVER make that mistake. ha ha…oh how I wish that were true. Great idea and so simple too.

    • Author
      thediyaddict 9 months ago

      I’m like you I never make that mistake He He well not now anyways………….

  5. Angelia Gordon 9 months ago

    Loved your video, useful tips!!

    • Author
      thediyaddict 9 months ago

      Hey girl! We have to plan another adventure soon 🙂 Thx for watching ……

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