Quilting is Done on my English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt

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Quilting is finally complete on my La Passacaglia Quilt and I’m super excited to share it with everyone!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a finished top for this quilt! Every little piece has been thought about and at times agonized over. I put my heart and soul into this gem and the quilting took so long!. Now that it’s done (almost) I can tell you it’s true love 🙂 As many of you know I am making another one for my daughter. Yes I’m crazy – I’m about halfway done but thats another story for another time.

Here is a Top View of the Quilt Top

Finished Quilting my La Passacaglia Quilt!

Sewn in Large Rosette Center

I probably would change a few things but for the most part I’m pretty happy. Isn’t that always the way. I love the colors. If I can give you a word of advice, work in a color platte that you absolutely love. Quilting a La Passacaglia takes so long to complete you’ll be with it awhile 🙂

I was thinking that since I already know how this all plays out it should go much faster the second time.

You know what they say, “I wish I knew then, what I know now!”

Side View of the Quilt Top

Final La Passacaglia Top Before Finishing Side View

Hanging La Passacaglia Finished Top

I didn’t trust my skills to quilt my little baby on my own so I had the talented Long Arm Quilter, Sue Fox from TextileDreamStudio.com take over. Best decision I have made in awhile! She came highly recommended and boy did she deliver a fully finished English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt!

La Passacaglia Rosettes with close-up of the fabric and stitching after finishing

La Passacaglia Rosette Close Up

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I dropped it off in Berkeley and I only had one request, to blend the outside pentagon row around all the rosettes with the background fabric. Then I basically told her to, “do your thing”. Don’t get me wrong, we did have a long conversation about the possibilities but it was a little scary to say the least. This was the first time I had dealt with Sue so I was naturally a little apprehensive. Although I had a gut feeling she understood me and that she new what she was doing so I went with it.



Sue Fox Pointing to my Final La Passacaglia Quilt

Sue Fox and My La Passacaglia Quilt

When I first talked with her I had this big elaborate plan for the backing. But I decided to leave it plain white to showcase her work and I’m so happy I did that you can really see all her hard work.
Here is Sue having fun!

Quilting and Finishing is done!

Collage of Rosettes for La Passacaglia

When I got the call that it was done I raced over. I had been pretty good about leaving her alone and not calling to see if it was ready every 5 minutes. It brought tears of joy and happiness. Never in a million years did I think it was going to be as wonderful as it was. She totally exceeded my expectations!!!!!!

La Passacaglia Rosette and Star Row Close Up

Close Up of a La Passacaglia Rosette and Star Row

Now I can recommend Sue with total confidence. See the thread color changes below.
Now on to the binding for the finish 🙂

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  1. Marsha 4 years ago

    Karen, this is spectacular! I am breathless looking at it completed. I would like one more tip. Would you elaborate on how you attached the additional pentagons to the background? whipstitched? invisible stitches? Amazing work! I think I’m between 1/3 and 1/2 done the rosettes and loving every minute!

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Marsha thank you. I appliquéd those pentagons to the background with an invisible thread. I wasn’t them to disappear into the background fabric. It was so easy compared to the star points.

  2. Texas Quilting 4 years ago

    Wow!!! That is absolutely gorgeous and stunning!

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by it means a lot to me 🙂

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  4. Loani Prior 4 years ago

    WOW WOW WOW. Love it. I’m a knitter and have just started a tiny bit of English paper piecing, with a small cat blanket in hexagons. Found the La Passacaglia in my google searches and then found your detailed explanations of the process. It is a tremendous help. Thank you. And your finished quilt – Splendorous. Something to aspire to.

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Loani first let me thank you for the kind words. Check back often I continue to add new tutorials and I’m working on my second La Pass. You could follow via instagram for updates @karenthediyaddict

  5. madelincwolf 4 years ago

    Amazing! Wait until you see the quilting! Sue Fox is my good friend. Yummy!

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Madelin Hello 🙂 I picked it up a couple of days ago and it is beyond amazing!!!!!!!! She is one talented lady and I feel so lucky to have found her for a number of reasons. I’m glad you stopped by the blog. I’ll be posting photos of the quilting soon stay tuned………………

  6. Jan Rhoades 4 years ago

    Just one word! Wow! A thousand times over???

  7. Kerry & Jim 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Absolutely beautiful.

  8. Jeanette Friscia 4 years ago

    Every inch, top to bottom, front to back, is STUNNING! What great inspiration you provide. Thanks so much! -Jen

  9. Maren 4 years ago

    Sue did a fabulous job. The two of you make a great team. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  10. Maureen 4 years ago

    It’s beautiful – you both do amazing work!

  11. Sharon Hart 4 years ago

    It is truly spectacular. I can only imagine how thrilled you must be. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it with the binding.

  12. Marsha 4 years ago

    Seeing your finished quilt with all its quilting is so awe-inspiring. Fabulous finish with the quilting and such detail in the quilting! Congratulations!!! When do you start the next La Pas?

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Thank you yes Sue Fox did a great job! I’m already halfway done with the second one!!! Call me crazy

  13. Phyllis L 4 years ago

    Absolutely amazing!!! Gorgeous work by both of you. Your colors are gorgeous and the quilting oh my. I love the color changes on the back. I am in awe at the amount of time and work you both put into this quilt.I hope you have a special place of honor picked out for it. I am just starting mine and at times it seems overwhelming and then I see a finish and it makes me want to keep going. Thank you so much for the inspiration today.

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Phyllis I’m so happy you stopped by the blog to look and comment. If I can tell you one thing word of advance it’s to keep going. Just do the small rosettes without stars if that is easier. They come together later just like a puzzle 🙂 Thanks so much

  14. Kathy Schattleitner 4 years ago

    I am a non traditional quilter but after seeing so many passacaglia quilts on IG, decided I have to do one this winter. I like you stitching method and watched your videos. Where did you get your paper pieces and since you are using glue which I think is a great idea, are they reusable.? I have the book and am quite anxious to get started. Thank you, Kathy S.

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Kathy I got them from paperpieces.com they were great. Yes you can reuse the papers. I’m working on my second la pass and using all the same papers. If you use too much glue it can ruin the papers so use sparingly. Please keep me posted.

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  16. Naomi Pockell 4 years ago

    I’m so happy that you found the artist known as Sue Fox! She’s the best. She did great credit to your marvelous quilt, which I was told is your first? Unbelievable work.

    • thediyaddict 4 years ago

      Naomi it’s true. This is my first ever quilt but I’ve been sewing for 50 years so really I already know my way around the sewing machine 🙂 Let me tell you Sue was a life saver!!!!!!! In so many ways 🙂 Thanks

  17. Sue 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge with the quilting community. This is a very comprehensive piece and great for those of us beginning this project. You are leaving your legacy in the quilting community. I very much appreciate.

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      thediyaddict 3 years ago

      Sue you are too kind! I have loved every minute of this quilt and sharing everything I know with those who want to listen. Thank you so much.

  18. Marsha Hodgkins 2 years ago

    It’s two years later (maybe a little more) since that first comment asking how to attach the final pentagons to the background. Today I am ready to do just that! I am hoping for decent results after all this work. Thanks for encouragement and instructions, photos and thoughts. You’ve helped so many with this website!

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