Are you looking to learn about the Millefiori Quilts series, purchase the books and supplies to the most popular millefiori quilt patterns, and/or looking for tutorials? Then you’re in the right place! (if you only looking to purchase supplies or the books scroll to the bottom of this article)
Millefiori quilts is a type of pattern design popularized by Willyne Hammerstein in her series of books, titled Millefiori Quilts 1, 2, and 3. Her patterns are extremely recognizable due to their unique style that consists of minimal repetition, yet, repetitive use of the same shapes to create numerous intricate blocks. These blocks often referred to ‘rosettes’, come in various shapes and are combined to create an entire quilt. If you active on Pinterest and type ‘millefiori quilts’ into the search bar, you will find a plethora of examples. We’ve posted a few photos below for your viewing pleasure.
Another noticeable trait of a Millefiori quilt is that even though all of the quilts are made with the same design in mind, most quilts are very distinct. What we mean by this is that the fabric and color combinations used can create such differentiated designs, that very few, if any two quilts are the same. This is one of the reasons why completing a Millefiori quilt is special; the chances you have a similar quilt to another person is the same odds as if you are playing the lotto!
So, What is Millefiori?
The term Millefiori is a combination of the Italian words ‘mile’ and ‘fiori’ (flowers). It is a technique which forms distinct decorative patterns on glassware and has now been replicated to other mediums such as quilting, silverware, and furniture. Another term is Millefiori Patchwork.
Willyne Hammerstein is the author of the Millefiori book series and sole designer of all of the patterns (33 in total if you count both books in circulation). Even though Willyne is credited with the designs, she did partner on several patterns. For instance, in Millefiori Quilts 2, she partnered with Kaffe Fassett for the ‘Ballet Quilt’ (kaffe fassett millefiori for short). She hails from the Netherlands and worked as a lawyer for 41 years, 25 years for the Nijmegen University as a lecturer/professor. As her time as a lawyer, she became appointed to the Dutch Council of State in 1994. In her spare time, she stated that she enjoyed quilting as a way to relax after her long days in the office.
In The First Paragraph of Our Article, We Mentioned 3 Millefiori Quilts Book by Willyne Hammerstein, What Are They?
As we’re writing this article, there are only 2 books actively in circulation. There is a 3rd book on the way, which is being published in September of 2017. The books are titled (and will be titled) Millefiori Quilt by Willyne Hammerstein, Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein, and Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein. It is believed that the 3rd book is the final book in the series. All three of the books are published by Quiltmania and can be found in French and English. Before buying a book, we do suggest that you confirm with the seller if the book is in English or French as we’ve had a few people buy the wrong one! Books can be purchased from retail and online stores across the world including the UK, Canada, United States, France, and Australia. If you want to purchase the book, we provide more information on where to do so at the bottom of this article.
What is Different About Each Book and What Millefiore Quilts are in them?
Each book contains a set of patterns. The first book contains 16 patterns and the second book contains 17 patterns. All of the patterns in the books are Millefiori patterns which consist of similar ‘rosette’ designs. To be more precise, each book is fair lengthy; the second book is 183 pages to be exact. The table of contents breaks down each pattern with directions, background about the pattern, directions, and information on supplies for each pattern. There are plenty of pictures in each book if you are wondering!
How Do You Make a Millefiore Quilt?
There is no ‘correct’ way to make a Millefiori Quilt. Technically, there are 3 ways to make a Millefiori quilt; machine, English Paper Piecing, or hand piecing. All 3 variations will produce the same end result, but all of the Millefiori patterns were designed to be English Paper Pieced and/or hand pieced.
How Difficult is it to Make a Millefiori quilt?
If you are looking at a Millefiori quilt for the first time; it can be a little intimidating. All of the Millefiori quilt patterns are “full-sized” quilts. Two examples are the La Passacaglia and Ballet Quilt which are around 59” x 70” in size. Not only are the quilts large, but there are thousands of pieces that make up a quilt. For instance, when you purchase an English Paper Piecing supply kit, the La Passacaglia comes with 2,954 precision cut paper pieces. That’s a lot of pieces! Even though there are a lot of small pieces, which do take a little bit of practice getting used to, it’s not as hard as it looks.
We can tell you with 100% confidence that if you are English Paper Piecing or Hand Piecing, you cannot finish a Millefiori quilt in a weekend. Depending on which quilt you have chosen, it could take from 2 to 18 months to finish a quilt. It’s mostly a factor of time due to the intricacies of each pattern. One of the best aspects of Hand Piecing and/or English Paper Piecing is that you can take your project with you. Whether you’re on a plane, waiting for children, or at the library – you’ll always find time to quilt! There is a way to speed up the process which consists of fussy cutting fabric in bulk. More details below.
With most quilting, it depends on the style you choose and personal preference.
English Paper Piecing: Uses acrylic templates and paper pieces and is hand sewn
Hand Piecing: Only uses acrylic templates and is hand sewn
Machine: Use of a machine
Additional Supplies and Accessories:
– Sewline Glue Pens (for gluing your fabric)
– Glue Pen Refills (for refilling your glue pens)
– Clover Clips
– Rotary Cutter
– Scissors or cutters
(and of course the pattern book!)
View and Purchase Our Complete List of English Paper Piecing and Hand Piecing Supplies
Millefiori Quilt Templates
Templates refer to ‘Acrylic Templates’ which is used by both hand piecers and English Paper Piecers. At TheDIYAddict, we sell clear acrylic templates for all of the Millefiori Quilt Patterns we carry. They come with 3/8″ seam allowance or 1/4″ seam allowance (with marking holes). We receive a fair amount of question regarding the difference, and the honest truth is that the difference is based on personal preference. (Just like your favorite thread!) If it is your first-time hand sewing, English Paper Piecing, or hand piecing it is recommended that you use 3/8″ seam allowance templates as they are a little more forgiving.
We do sell acrylic templates for her most popular quilts which you can learn about by clicking the images below.
Millefiori Quilt Paper Pieces
Paper pieces refer to the “Precision Cut Paper Pieces” which is used mostly by English Paper Piecers. At TheDIYAddict, we also sell paper pieces for all the Millefiori Quilt Patterns we carry. We sell ‘complete kits’ which means that we include all the individual paper pieces you will need for your quilt. We’ve heard horror stories of people buying papers from multiple online stores and they aren’t the same size which can cause A LOT of problems down the road when you are finishing. All of our paper pieces are made on a white, light, cardstock paper.
We do sell paper pieces for her most popular quilts which you can learn about by clicking the images below.
We’re now going to dive into the details for each book and their most popular pattern below.
Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein
The Millefiori Quilts book is the first book in the series and the title does not contain a ‘1’. The Millefiori pattern on the cover is the La Passacaglia Quilt. This pattern is arguably Willyne’s most popular pattern from all of her books.
Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein
This is the second millefiori quilt book in the series and the title DOES contain a ‘2’. The Millefiori pattern on the cover is the Ballet Quilt with Kaffe Fassett.
Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein
This is the third book in the series and the title DOES contain a ‘3’ in it. It is planned to be released in September of 2017.
Millefiori Quilt Along
At the moment, there is no active Quilt Along, but we’ll update this article if there is one. Maybe there will be a Willyne Hammerstein Millefiori Quilt sew-a-long 2017 for her new book.
Willyne Hammerstein Blog
She does not keep an active blog at the moment nor does she have an Instagram page. You can find her on Facebook through searching for her name.
Millefiori Quilts Book Australia and Willyne Hammerstein Books
We ship globally at TheDIYAddict.com so we have you covered!