La Passacaglia


Yesterday it was so darn hot just as I knew it would be and I wasn’t outside much at all.  I decided to put a movie on and using my sewing table as a desk I got to work with the templates to fold the edges under to make applique easier for La Passacaglia – only three units were made so it didn’t take much work to get done.  By time the movie was over I was finished and the piece is now ready to applique to a background.

I started with the blue piece and quickly realized my templates were a little bit too big.  They were easily trimmed one by one as I worked. Considering it was guess work to print out the templates the correct size I did pretty well, only a little needed to be cut off of each piece.  Some thought the fabric used in these units are batiks – they are Fossil Ferns – and it feels just like most quilter cottons – not heavier thread count as batiks fee.


Tuck the piece in the seam allowance and then I glue basted the edges in.  The paper will stay in place until the piece is appliqued then cutting away the back and dampening the edges if needed to take the paper back out.



See how neat that makes it – this will make applique a breeze.


The bigger piece was harder to do and doesn’t look as neat but when I get done needle turning a few places under here and there it will work out ok.  Linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today & Jo’s Country Junction   & Quilt Fabrication:Midweek Makers   .


I don’t think my flash went off on this one – one side is so much darker than the other.  Maybe I will get to the next step today? Background fabric needs to be pressed and cut a little larger than I want so it will be easily handled and applique can start.  I’m not sure if I will attach the 3 pieces as I show or if  I will space them apart.







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18 comments… add one
  • Marianne Jul 26, 2017

    That is going to make a beautiful table runner!
    Just want you to know that I roared through the first three Dawn McKenna Florida Coast books – one a day! Thanks for the recommendation. What an interesting area she writes about. I’m taking a break to read something different but will return to them.

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      I really liked her books too 🙂 I couldn’t put them down they just held my interest – I hope she writes more

  • Kathleen Jul 26, 2017

    Making good progress. More today I bet since it’s going to be hot again. Can’t wait for the cooler temps next week

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      I can’t wait for cooler temps too – I went to the garden at 8 this morning and got a couple tomatoes and a small basket of oregano to dry – the tomatoes just are not turning red! they are behaving so slowly – I have given them fertilizer, they get water, the sun is beating down on them! I will water the garden tonight if the weather doesn’t have a promising rain forecast – they say maybe Thursday?

  • Becky T Jul 26, 2017

    I have 9 of the 3 round patchwork of the crosses EPP done and I am now eyeing them to figure out the best background fabric to use. I am going to make chair back runners for my dining room chairs and a wall hanging I think. I am sure as heck,(not the word I generally use) not going to be making enough for a full size quilt.

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      I did make a queen size patchwork of the crosses – but this la passacaglia was more than I wanted after I got started – I was having trouble with color – maybe I should have stuck with it but it would have been another one of those years in the making kind of quilt and there are so many I want to make

  • Jayne Jul 26, 2017

    It’ll be so pretty when you finish it! I love seeing anything EPP…this is no exception!

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      thanks Jayne – I had thought table topper but now I am thinking small wall hanging in the sewing room when it gets done

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 26, 2017

    It’s going to be lovely, Karen. Finished my work outside before it gets too hot, now have some cleaning to do before working on my little baskets again. I’ve also started strip cutting for Bonnie Hunter’s leader and ender. It’s called split rail fence. I thought I would start a quilt while still doing the baskets since it seems pretty simple. Your tomatoes must still be getting bigger since they’re not turning red?

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      yes they are getting bigger but so slow to ripen, fertilizer with calcium was added last week – hope that speeds things along – one lone morning glory bud on the plants this morning, but heaven knows when it opened – I was out at 8 and it was closing already lol – what a waste – too far from the house to enjoy – I should rip them out next week when the weather gets cooler – I don’t want seed to be dropping in this area for next year – I will get to work on the sewing when I get back from the fitness center – the rail fence should be easy- have made them at least 2 or 3 times in baby quilts

  • Susan Jul 26, 2017

    Wow Karen! This is coming along beautifully – if you make a wall hanging, will you add more of the stars? They certainly are lovely! Thanks for sharing today on Midweek Makers
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    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      I don’t have the templates any more I traded them off a long time ago when I decided I didn’t want to make the whole quilt – I just wanted to make something small with these pieces so they won’t be sitting in the UFO box any longer I was lucky I found a design on pinterest with shapes almost the right size so that I could trace them out to use for the edges.

  • JanineMarie Jul 26, 2017

    I love how precise EPP projects look on the back. And of course that’s why they look so neat on the front. I don’t have the patience for EPP, I cannot imagine doing that whole quilt. Bravo to you for making what you did, and for making something lovely to use from them.

    • Karen Jul 26, 2017

      LOL – after I got started it was like what I’m I doing – some of the pieces were just so tiny and I’m afraid I was having a bit of arthritis in my fingers at the times (winter) and now it is not so bad once again but I no longer have the templates or the book I traded them for something – so I don’t want to track down more and I no longer have the fabric I was using!! so turn it into something and move on – I would make pillows but I don’t use pillows all that much on furniture as in this family they usually get tossed on the floor and no nice chair or something to place them on I do think this well end up on the wall instead of the table though – I never thought I would do EPP either and always tried Inklingo with running stitch but had so much trouble with my printer I gave in to the dark side and tried EPP and now love it 🙂

  • maggie Jul 27, 2017

    I didn’t stick with mine – yours is looking great
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  • Sue and Will Sep 18, 2017

    So beautiful! Love the solids!

    • Karen Sep 18, 2017

      thanks – this fabric is called Fossil Ferns – it is kind of hard to find I got a bit of it a couple years ago – need to find it again – I love it

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