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La Passacaglia Unravels


This quilt was my first foray into English paper piecing--I haven't hand-pieced a quilt in many years! It's been a fun journey, which I've been sharing with other quilters around the world who are also making the "La Passacaglia" pattern by Willyne Hammerstein. One goal of this quilt was to use only fabrics from my stash, mostly prints by Paula Nadelstern, one of my inspirations and favorite quilt and fabric designers.

My innovation on Hammerstein's design was to "unravel" the portions of the rosettes that lay outside of the rectangular perimeter of her design, rather than trim them off or applique the complete rosette to a border fabric.

This quilt was displayed at the 2017 AQS Fall Paducah show and Road to California 2018. It won First Prize in the Traditional category of the “Celebration of Color” exhibition at the 2018 International Quilt Festivals in Chicago and was also on display at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November 2018. It is currently on display in a special exhibit of English paper-pieced quilts at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado.

Date Added: August 25, 2017


Name of Pattern or Block Passacaglia with Mr. Penrose
Owned By Randa Mulford
Name of Maker Randa Mulford
Name of Quilter Randa Mulford
Year Made 2016-2017
Year Made is: Certain
Located in City Mountain View
Located in State California
Located in Country United States
Condition of Quilt Excellent
Design Source Adapted Original Design
Design Source - Based On La Passacaglia
Design Source - Published In Millefiori Quilts
Design Source - Designed by Willyne Hammerstein
Design Source - Pattern Name Passacaglia with Mr. Penrose
Genre Traditional Quilt
Quilt Type Large Quilt
Quilt Width 68
Quilt Height 80
Measurement In: Inches
Fabric Used 100% Commercial Cotton
Fabric Used - Other Desc. almost entirely fabrics by Paula Nadelstern
Construction Technique Piecing and Applique
Construction Technique - Other Desc. English paper pieced by hand; hand and machine applique
Piecing By Hand
Applique by Applique by
Types of Quilting Quilted on domestic machine
Embellishments None


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