East Dakota Quilter

La Passacaglia: New Rosette + New Template


At a rate of about one rosette every two months, I’ve finally finished my second!

East Dakota Quilter La Passacaglia Fire and Ice

With saturated red-oranges, prints resembling snowflakes (at least if you squint), and wintery novelty prints (polar bears and Heather Ross/munki munki ice skaters), I call this my “fire and ice” rosette. I mentioned in earlier posts (here and here) that I plan to make my entire quilt in blues and oranges.

Progress 2 by East Dakota Quilter

I know I also said this before, but the rosettes are HUGE! I took a photo with my feet for perspective.

Fire and Ice La Passacaglia by East Dakota Quilter

Here’s a progress shot to show how I work. I got the hour basket as a swap gift for my birthday (#birthdayclubhandmade) and keep pretty much everything I need inside it so I can take it with me to the coffee shop on weekends.

Passacaglia Progress by East Dakota Quilter

Probably my rosettes would go a lot faster if I worked only on one at a time from start to finish. Instead, I usually finish the center of one, start basting (hand sewing), get bored, and sew another center or two in the meantime. I am currently started on three other rosettes.

One of my new rosettes will feature a single image in the center. Some quilters have done an incredible job of lining up individual pieces. I plan to shortcut the process and combine a few pieces at once. Here’s the process I’m using:

Passacaglia Center Template by East Dakota Quilter

First, I made a template of the rosette center. I think this is no major feat since anyone can line up a few diamond shapes, and it’s pretty obvious how they fit together if you’ve seen a photo of even a single rosette. The trick to La Passacaglia is how all the rosettes fit together. Definitely get the book if you want to make the quilt! After printing a template, I cut out the center of one of the images.

Cut Out Passacaglia Template Center by East Dakota Quilter

I lined up my fabric underneath the cut template.

Lining up Passacaglia Fabric under Template by East Dakota Quilter

Then I cut around the outer edge of the template to add 3/8″ seam allowance. Since the lines are traced by hand around the paper pieces, I used an acrylic ruler with my rotary cutter (for the outer edge) and Xacto knife (for the center piece). When you’re done cutting, you should have two pieces (one fabric, one template) like this:

Passacaglia Center Template by East Dakota Quilter

You could start basting your fabric to the center template at this point, but I wanted to glue mine in place for precision.


Place your fabric wrong side up. Line up the seam allowance piece around the outer edges of your fabric.

Passacaglia Center by East Dakota Quilter

Place the center piece (with diamonds meeting in the middle) wrong side up. Glue the back of the center piece using either a fabric glue pen or a washable glue stick. Glue the center piece to the fabric (obviously glue side down), lining it up with the seam allowance piece. Then remove the seam allowance template and press.

Note on laser printers: Since laser printers use heat to bond ink to paper, running your iron over laser ink is like getting paper wet when it’s been written on with washable marker: the ink will smear. If you’re using a laser printer, I suggest placing a piece of scrap fabric over the template before pressing. Also, it’s best to press without steam since the humidity from steam will curl your paper.

Here’s the final piece held up to the light so you can see the seam allowance through the fabric:

Center Passacaglia Piece by East Dakota Quilter

One final note: I traced around each piece separately when making my template so I could use it as a single piece or remove any portion (e.g. removing one diamond to use a different fabric). However, it is much easier to baste convex corners (corners pointing outward) than concave corners (corners pointing inward), so keep that in mind if you remove a portion of the center template.

Check out my WIPs page for links to all my La Passacaglia posts.


22 thoughts on “La Passacaglia: New Rosette + New Template

  1. I just started my La Passie quilt today, and am loving it so far. I have a hexagon done! I am starting with Rosette 8 so I can try to keep up with the Facebook group. Now on to the second round!

  2. Oh I also wanted to say that I appreciate the tips you have provided here on your blog. It is good to see the process and thoughts that go into making this quilt.

  3. Wow, that looks very complex. Great Job

    • Thank you! Fortunately, the rosettes are the same pattern, just with different sections “missing” where they connect. But it’s a lot of pieces and is going to take me a good, long while to finish!

  4. thanks for showing this tip. did you draw your design free hand, or do you use something like adobe illustrator? Working on making my own templates that I can cut out with my Brother scan n cut machine.

    • For this version, I traced around the diamond shape, rotated it, and traced again. Another thing I do regularly is create a shape in MS Word, print it to ensure it’s the same size as the original, and then duplicate the pieces before saving as a pdf. One of my favorite things about quilting is there are so many ways to achieve a result!

  5. Hi, love your tutorial and would LOVE to have a Pdf of your center. I have one fabric I have been trying to use but it’s too large for any single piece. I have a tremor which keeps me from drafting my own so I really appreciate your willingness to share.

    • Hi Judi,

      I’d be happy to send you a copy – just let me know your email address. You can send it to me at dakotapatchwork at gmail dot com. Look forward to hearing from you!

  6. In the second picture, where did you get the full size template?

    Mary Barnett

  7. I was wondering where you get the book and does it include all of the patterns and templates??? Thanks you for your response

  8. Hi thank you for all the great tips, I was wondering how you superimpose your finished rosettes onto the template. I am just about to start on my journey and would love to do the same.

    • Whoa, sorry for the long hiatus! 2017 has been rough for me so far with back-to-back illnesses. Feeling better now!

      The process I use to superimpose rosettes is to photograph a finished rosette from above as straight-on as possible, upload the photo to my computer, and use Photoshop to delete the background. Then I copy that photo over the top of the template from the book. Before I had any finished rosettes, I actually created a .doc template for the rosettes–a long process that I don’t recommend–“filled” each shape with a photo of the fabric, then saved all shapes as a single image to superimpose over the book template.

      Good luck with your project, and I’d love to see what you come up with!

      • Hi Tiffany, What version of Photoshop did you use? Are you having to make a monthly payment to access Photoshop?

        I’m super glad you are feeling better!

      • I use Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) online, which does require a monthly subscription. I tried to avoid it forever and planned to unsubscribe after the free 30-day trial period that was available when I signed up, but honestly, after I tried it, I realized it was SO much better to have access to updates, tutorials, online support, etc., plus to be using the same version as bloggers I follow for when they have tutorials I want to try.

  9. This is really informative. I have fell in love with this. Plan on trying it. I’m doing Quatro Color right now.

  10. Hi, love your quil! I’m getting to the point where I really need to plan out mine, after making quite uncoordinated rosettas. 🙂 I would really like to do this at my computer and play around with a few different ideas. What did you use to make yours? That’s exactly the way I’d like to do it, by the looks of it. I’m otherwise tech savy but I have very limited experience of picture editing programs! 😀

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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