Having completed about 5% of this quilt, it seems entirely reasonable that one of the instagram hashtags for people sewing the same quilt is #epicmillefioriquilt.
The quilt is from the book Millefiori Quilts, by Willyne Hammerstein. It is the Passacaglia Quilt, the last one in the book and the most complex design. I saw this book a while back at a quilt show I think, and was totally capitvated. I mentally put it on my bucket list, then completely forgot about it until I saw Florence's version in progress and realised that I needed to start this quilt now. Of course, I had a baby and life rather got in the way for a week or two (or, you know, six months. How did that happen?), but a few weeks back I finally ordered the book, started cutting some of the million billion paper pieces out, and made a start.
My original plan was to make this quilt entirely from Liberty tana lawn - I have one other quilt made entirely from tana lawn, and it is the loveliest, softest thing and is constantly in use (even if I still can't quite make up my mind whether I actually like the design). However, after laying out just one cog I could see that this quilt was going to be exhausting to look at made entirely of Liberty print. I didn't want to sacrifice the silkiness though, so I had a play around and hit upon the perfect combination of simple pattern and fine fabric - cotton shirting. I'm throwing in the odd bit of shirting and it seems to be doing the job of giving the eye somewhere to rest in amongst all the busy busy busy Liberty print.
This quilt isn't going to exactly be a quick project (the smallest cog has 90 individual pieces to cut out from paper and fabric, and then baste and hand piece), but I'm also hoping it won't be one of those that drags on forever. I want to actually make this quilt and start enjoying it, not carry it round in small pieces for the next two years. So consider that gauntles thrown down, Passacaglia Quilt.
You can follow my progress on instagram if you want, using the hastag #lifeinlistspassacaglia, and see what others are up to by using the hashtags #millefioriquilt, #epicmillefioriquilt and #passacagliaquilt.