My Carpenter's Wheel is coming along.
My interpretation of Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia from her book Millefiori Quilts is a difficult piece for me. Not the piecing process. It would never be that. But the colorways and the size. I'm not good at big things. Hard for me to picture. Small has always been better for me. And of course I'm making the Rosettes even bigger than Willyne Hammerstein intended.
Willyne Hammerstein in Millefiori does all her quilts by handpiecing with the running stitch. I chose to do mine the same way. I could have gotten templates or I could go to Linda Franz Inklingo and used her shape collection. Being a big fan of Inklingo, I went there. Using English Paper Piecing is out of the question for me. Some may want to pursue this burdensome method and actually enjoy it. I've tried it and can do it with some skill, but don't enjoy the process. Hand piecing with a running stitch is so much more relaxing for me and a ton of time faster and I don't have to deal with those papers - stitching or gluing them to fabric, piecing together, taking out the papers...not for me.
So back to bigger than. Willyne Hammerstein calls for the use of 3 cm shapes. Inklingo comes in 3 cm or alternatively in 1.5 inch shapes. Three cm is equal to 1.181 inches....so quite a bit smaller and probably easier for me to manage...but no, I decided to try the bigger. Even when I finish it, I'm not sure what I will do with such a large piece. My BFF says well put it on a bed. Hmm. yes that might work. I do have huge wall space in my new home in Florida but probably not that large and they all seem to be taken.
And what about matching all the rosettes to each other in some color way? I think I'll just do what I always do and use what's in my stash.
|My Stash. Excuse the messiness.|
Here is what I've done so far.
|Rosette One ( I made this one first)|
|2nd inner rosette made|
|Third Inner Rosette Made|
|First Rosette 2 almost done. Last partial row of stars needed.|
|Inner Pentagons of first rosette 2.|
So I will continue to work on my rosettes for La Passacaglia. I think it will be very interesting when done and will include many of the fabrics purchased in my years as a quilter...20 years as of 2016.