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La Passacaglia Update and My Finishing Plan

I started my La Passacaglia quilt on February 20th, 2016. I wrote this blog about how I got started on my La Passacaglia – and now that I have the end in sight, I thought I would reflect on how I think the finishing might go. At first I was obsessed and would work on it all the time, and I thought, maybe I’ll get it done in a year! Then, I got sick, then pregnant, and I did not touch it for months.

But now, the fire is back! I have even made a plan for how I want to finish my edges. The original quilt pattern has you make a bunch of extra pieces and then cut them off- making the quilt a little smaller than I want and creating extra work. Some people leave all the rosettes of the original pattern and then appliqué it down with curved edges – I think that is pretty but I liked the straight edge finish of the original.

In my version, I am going to cut off a few rosettes, but I am going to add some more partial rosettes to make it overall slightly larger. Now that I have a plan too, I can make the rosettes with a plan so I don’t have to cut much off for the final finish.

I am planning to a dark border then a light border, but keep a few corners rounded, I guess I’ll appliqué those down to the border.  The end quilt should be close to queen size. I might put it on the bed, but then of course the children will never be allowed in my bedroom again!

passacaglia finishing option 4I used a chart made up for the quilt by this person Ketutar on DeviantArt. I then cut and pasted in extra pieces and blanked out the middle of each rosette so I could write in my own code system for how I am organizing the layout. The floaty stuff around the edges are just stuff I forgot to erase – I just made this in Microsoft Paint! I am sharing it here because a bunch of people asked me for it, and since so many people are planning to finish the quilt in a similar way I figured I would save them the trouble of doing it themselves. Here is a link to a printable pdf. 

I know some people think it is rude to share the charts – disrespectful to the artist that made the original because then people might not buy the book – but I honestly don’t think you could make this quilt by just looking at this chart! You wouldn’t know how all the rosettes fit together – it’s way too complicated to try and figure that out, just buy the beautiful book!

But if you have the original book chart and this, you can use it to make a plan to finish out the edges of the quilt pattern. It should go without saying though – by the book and support the author who thought this amazing quilt up!

I’ve very excited to have the end in sight – of course adding the extra pieces to square it up is going to stretch out timeline of the project!


I’m sewing more pieces together, and making lots of weird odds and ends pieces that will fill in the border. I am doing hand piecing without papers using inklingo which is a massive time saver (for me anyway, I really like it) but one result is you have a lot of messy looking raw edges. As I connect the units though it is starting to look so pretty and tidy, so that is extremely satisfying!



I spend a lot of hours sitting on the floor in the middle of the layout sewing the pieces together!


This is a picture of it a month ago. I am working on finishing up the last large rosette that will fill in that giant whole in the top left.


It is great to have a plan in place! I’ll be honest – I have spent so much time looking at this quilt I don’t know if I even like it anymore. I wish I had done it in all blue and white, or maybe in a more organized rainbow scheme. But I do know that I want to FINISH IT. My husband keeps joking it will be a two sided quilt – with a full hand-pieced La Passacaglia on the other side. He says, “This is great, just think when you finish all these rosettes you’ll be half done! The other side will go so much faster.” Ha ha!

Now I am motivated to sew, sew sew! I find when I take a break it takes me a lot of wasted time to get back into the layout and design of it, so I want to get a bunch done now before I lose steam! Which will definitely happen when the baby comes in May!


  • Judy Philbrook

    First, thank you for this post! (I suspect it’s from some time ago.) I’m closing in on finishing my La Pas, and I was getting concerned about the finishing. I have the book, but I really didn’t like the idea of cutting off so much just to get a straight edge. Your plan seems to incorporate the best of both worlds: Some easy straight edges along with “exploding” rosettes. Since I just found your blog, could you point me to one (or more) with your finished – or nearly finished – La Pas? I’d love to read it! I didn’t see any dates on this, and I couldn’t find a way to search your blog.

    • Dana Kuhnline

      Hi Judy, I never did do a blog of it finished but if you search instagram for #danaslapassacaglia you will find a few pictures. I have not be great about documenting it since it got so enormous! Happy to answer any questions, and congrats that you are getting closer. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. There are a few other quilters who did a similar finishing method that I got ideas from. this is my only other blog I did on it, and it’s how I got started! http://waterpenny.net/how-to-get-started-on-your-la-passacaglia-quilt/

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