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Ok - I surrendered.
I know the Millefiori quilts for a long time, especially the famous Passacaglia.
So far I have resisted - but I just need a project on the way! Handpiecing is still on my 'I have to pracise more' list, but one weekend I found too many photos of Millefiori-quilts at Pinterest.
So I will sew one after all. But which one?
The problem is getting the book, the acrylic stencils and the papers. Almost all of the online-shops don't have them 'right now' or are incredibly expensive.
I found what I was looking for at Karen Tripp. She offers everything and ships to Germany at very reasonable prices (although my package has been at customs for a week now, let's see when they release it).
There are 3 books by Willyne Hammerstein, Karen offers 6 quilts of the 3 books as a package (book, templates, papers). And there are lots of tips for the Millefiori quilts and lots of videos on her site. Perfect!
La Tarantella appealed to me the most.
Diane - apart from being an artist herself - works parttime for Jinny Beyer and has sewn her award-winning Passacaglia entirely from Jinny Beyer fabrics. I like her colours very much - but I don't want to copy the quilt and searched for other colours.
Blue, lime green and a muted watermelon red. Where do I get the fabrics from? Now, of course, I'm hooked: preferably by Jinny Beyer.
And again - I can't find a supplier in Germany who stocks all Jinny Beyer fabrics. If at all, then at most 8 different ones. But I need more shades!
Order directly from Jinny? The fabric is actually cheap compared to buying here, 11.50 dollars at most, some are cheaper. 45 Dollar shipping sounds like a lot. But it is not if I compare the costs overall with the amount of fabric I actually get. I am - before customs - at a meter price of 13.50 euros including shipping. To buy here in Germany would be more expensive.
So let's do it! I put together an order with 31 fabrics, some of them as border-print. There are two great videos by Jinny: here und here, where she shows detailled how to cut fuzzy-cut parts out of border-prints. At least for some circles I want to try that, I've never done it before.
Then I asked Jinny Beyer to please have Diane check my order - if possible - and say whether the selection is suitable for a Millefiori-quilt. And indeed, Diane answered immediately! We had a long mail exchange, she pulled the fabrics of my order, consulted with her colleagues, advised against some fabrics and suggested others. In the end we had a total of 29 fabrics together, mostly only 0.25m. I took more of the 4 border-prints.
And now I sit impatiently here and wait for book and fabrics!
The book is here! Complete with paper-pieces and acryl-templates. Karen Tripp at thediyaddict did a great job - 2.931 paper-pieces and 7 acryl-templates, both in a very good quality.
These are the general informations in the book, I think I can reveal that much without causing copyright problems:
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