La Passa-what? La Passacaglia, of course!


After a year of hand piecing, hand quilting is now underway on this stunning quilt made by New Zealand quilter Wendy of the Wendy’s Quilts and More blog.


Her adventure started with the pattern La Passacaglia from Dutch designer Willyne Hammerstein’s first Millefiori Quilts book. Although Willyne hand stitched the quilts in that hard-to-find book, Wendy preferred the English paper piecing method, using acrylic templates and a few thousand precut pieces from Paper Pieces.


Wendy encourages having an overall color scheme in mind–her inspiration was a piece of Kaffe Fassett’s Paperweight fabric. She glue basted the fabrics and used two shades of gray 100wt InvisaFil thread by WonderFil for the stitching. She’s using 28wt thread from Aurifil for the quilting and is building up a fine collection of colorful threads, although she doesn’t change colors with every piece.


Wendy is a great help to other quilters interested in the pattern, from her blog (CLICK HERE – and see links to all of her La Passacaglia posts along the way to completion) to Facebook, where she is an active moderator of the Millefiori/La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing group that is currently over 6,500 members strong.  Many quilters who started millefiori quilts a year – or two – ago are, like Wendy, coming to the quilting or all done stages; others are just beginning! Talk about INSPIRATION!! It’s a closed group, just ask to join.fussy cut

Thanks to Wendy for sharing her expertise and her blogs with us in OnPoint.

Fussy Cutting Addiction Warning: Fussy cutting is not mandatory for this quilt. But what a fun challenge watching new designs emerge, you have to try it at least once!  (“Betcha can’t make just one!”)

Try these hashtags (and other related words) on Instagram to see many examples: #passacaglia #lapassacaglia #passacagliaquilt #millefiori #epp #handsewing #paperpiecing  #fussycutting. Try searching words on Pinterest and other social media, too!

We can’t wait to hear about YOUR inspiration and see your quilt! Do you have a La Passacaglia or other millefiori quilt in progress?

I do!   >>>

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Emmy Storholm

I would love to make this one and love the colors! Great challenge and beautiful work on this one!


Wow! Just beautiful! A real work of art.

Alice Bott

Totally amazing!

Awe. Sheer and blissful awe! I have been quilting for many years and have yet to complete something with curved piecing. I’ve found my inspiration. Viva La Passacaglia!

Stupendous! Glorious! I’m stunned! When you think there is no way a new quilt can open a new view on quilting, you see this. Thank you for sharing. Love, love the energy and flow.


Beautiful work!


Beautiful quilts.

Cynthia Wilbanks

I have been looking at this for some time now. I guess I’ll have to put it on my Christmas wish list – maybe each person in my family can buy me one pack of pieces!

Wendy’s quilts are amazing! It’s a bummer that Willyne sold her quilt before the La Passacaglia Houston show.

– Karen