Sewing Those Funny Filler Pieces and Spaces for the La Passacaglia Quilt


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Sewing the La Passacaglia Quilt includes a few challenges that most quilts do not include. I don’t know if you have reached rosette #5, #8 and #10, but when you do, you’ll see there are some filler pieces. They are in fact, just the pentagon shapes. However, they are in awkward places that aren’t consistent with the pattern. I do understand that they are needed to make everything fit together. Please know that I think Willyne Hammerstein is an absolute genius! This is in no way a complaint but I had to do something with those fillers. I am such a visual person and I couldn’t take my eyes away from those areas. When I put in the filler piece it never looked right to me. Here are three different ways you can change those filler pieces.

Sewing the Eight Filler Rosette Pieces

Eight Filler Pieces in a Large Rosette


The Location of the Missing Filler Pieces in your La Passacaglia Quilt

Showing the Missing Filler Pieces Location in Your La Passacaglia Quilt



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Three Methods for Sewing the Missing Filler Pieces

First Method:

Cut up a pentagon shape to replicate the matching pattern next to that shape like the photo below.

Pentagon Breakdown for English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt

La Passacaglia Pentagon Breakdown

 

This is actually the diamond and one star triangle shape used in the regular pattern with an extra triangle piece cut. Together they form the pentagon shape. You make your fabric pieces just like you would with this quilt. Stitch together as well in the same manner. Keep in mind that you need to make a mirror image of one piece.

Filler Pieces in the Wrong Location on a La Passacaglia Rosette

Filler Pieces in the Wrong Location

I posted my new filler fix on Instagram and Isabele Denham (also in the Facebook group) told me she does them a little different. So I came up with this other way which I think is better.

Second Method:

Cutting a Pentagon English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Rosette

Cutting a Pentagon La Passacaglia Rosette

With this method you use one diamond shape and two star points. Then you cut the corner off one of the small pentagons corner to corner. Now that little piece is tiny but it still works just fine.

Splitting a Pentagon Into Multiple Pieces La Passacaglia

Splitting a Pentagon Into Multiple Pieces

Once again, you make your fabric pieces just like you would with this quilt. Stitch together as well in the same manner. Keep in mind that you need to make a mirror image of one piece.

Reverse La Passacaglia Pentagons

Reverse View Pentagon Filler Pieces


Pentagon Filler Pieces La Passacaglia

Pentagon Filler Pieces


Mirror Image of La Passacaglia Pentagons

Mirror Image of Two Pentagons

Third Method:

This third option is probably the easiest because you don’t need to cut or make any new special shapes. Isabella Denham my lovely Facebook friend showed me how to do this. (Thanks Isabella)

Example of a Missing Pentagon Within One of Your Rosettes La Passacaglia Quilt

Example of a Missing Pentagon Within One of Your Rosettes

Essentially, you make one star and a diamond on each side to fill the two pentagon shapes. The only tricky part here is that you have to remember to leave out the one star point. On both sides.

Sewing Your Funny Filler Pieces Together La Passacaglia Quilt

Sewing Your Funny Filler Pieces Together

Stitch as usual.

Funny Filler Pieces Example La Passacaglia Quilt

Funny Filler Pieces Example

Now you have three alternatives for changing those filler pieces. Which one do you like?

Hope you find this helpful!

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8 Comments
  1. Patricia Williams 2 years ago

    These posts have been very helpful. Especially to this beginner just trying to decipher the process! Thank you.

    • thediyaddict 2 years ago

      Patricia I hope you are able to start. It’s really such a fun pattern!

  2. inazizul 2 years ago

    Thank you so much! Am sharing tonmy page for future reference! Love the flat back stitch too! I do that now! Am new to EPP. Hugs

  3. Jenny Davies 11 months ago

    This is brilliant. I love the elegance of the pentagon which dissects into the other shapes. I have just bought 60 scarves in an Amsterdam flea market and I am going to attempt a passacaglia with them. Thank you

    • thediyaddict 11 months ago

      Jenny thank you and that sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to see how that looks. Are they silk or cotton?

  4. Cathy 8 months ago

    Thank you in advance for this! I have noticed this challenge, although I’m not to that point yet. I appreciate your time and beautiful explanation of this. It is perfection!

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      thediyaddict 8 months ago

      Cathy I thank you for taking the time to watch and respond. I’ll keep making more videos!

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