Marking The Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Quilt

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

[caption id="attachment_7487" align="aligncenter" width="600"]How To Not Sew in Your La Passacaglia Rosette Rows How Not to Sew in your La Passacaglia Pieces[/caption]

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.
[caption id="attachment_7488" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Example Fabric for your English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt Example Fabric for Stitching La Passacaglia[/caption]

[mc4wp_form id="11775"] Prepare the pentagons, cut the shapes and baste. [caption id="attachment_7489" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Prepared Pentagons for La Passacaglia and English Paper Piecing Prepared Pentagons for La Passacaglia Quilt[/caption]
Layout the order you want to use. [caption id="attachment_7490" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Laying out your La Passacaglia Rosette La Passacaglia Rosette Layout[/caption]
Flip over the pieces EXACTLY in that order carefully keeping the bottom edge in the same spot. I flip sideways. [caption id="attachment_7491" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Opposite View of a La Passacaglia Quilt Reverse View of a La Passacaglia Rosette[/caption]
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.
[caption id="attachment_7492" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Numbering your Paper Pieces for your English Paper Piecing La Passacaglia Quilt Numbered Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Rosette[/caption]
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) [caption id="attachment_7493" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Complete Marking of Paper Pieces for La Passacaglia Quilt Reverse View of Marked La Passacaglia Rosette[/caption]
This systems works with all the pentagon rings.


Notice my stitches and how invisible they are. I'm using the "Flat Back Stitch" found HERE: Good luck and happy stitching :)