Have you been eagerly anticipating the release of Millefiori Quilts 3? I have been stalking my mailbox since I received the e-mail that my copy shipped, and this week, it finally arrived! And boy, was it worth the wait.
Basic information about the book
This is not a method-based book, and if you’re new to hand-piecing complex shapes, or English paper piecing, you’ll probably want to get a basic book on those methods to go along with Millefiori Quilts 3. However, the book is absolutely chock-full of lavish, inspiring quilt photographs, easy-to-follow full color diagrams, and thorough block explanations. If you’re making your own templates, you’ll appreciate that each quilt’s template set fits on a single page. Just remember to add your preferred seam allowance around each template!
Regardless of your favorite shape, you’re bound to find a quilt that suits your preferences. All the basic blocks in the patterns are radial. Four quilts are based off of pentagons and five-pointed stars, nine of the designs feature hexagons, four of the patterns are similar to the traditional Jack’s Chain combination of squares and hexagons, and one uses 8-pointed stars and octagons. This adds up to a total of 18 spectacular designs to fussy-cut and piece, a true hand-sewist’s dream book.
Differences from Millefiori Quilts 1 and 2
Three main differences immediately set Millefiori Quilts 3 apart from its predecessors, Millefiori Quilts 1 and 2. First, Millefiori Quilts 3 is written entirely in English, while the two previous books have French and English instructions side-by-side. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the mix in the first two books, but the third is undeniably easier to read and follow the diagrams.
Second, Millefiori Quilts 3 comprises quilts that have fewer block variations. For example, in the first book, the famous La Passacaglia has eleven different rosettes, each repeated in varying quantities throughout the quilt. In the similar quilt, The Can-Can, in book 3, there are two rosettes, and a handful of color variations to make from each.
Finally, Millefiori Quilts 3 gives an overall simpler impression than the first two books. There is minimal instruction on piecing and cutting techniques, placing all the emphasis on the book on the patterns themselves. It’s like a graduate level course in complex piecing. The instructor knows the students understand the basics, and provides minimal guidance so the students can have time to explore and create.
Starting a project from the book
While you can make your own templates from the pages in the book, all of these quilts have more patches than I can even comprehend cutting individually. Paper Pieces to the rescue! They have already created paper packs and acrylic templates for each quilt in the book. I especially love that they make their acrylics in two sizes, one with a 3/8 inch seam allowance (ideal for English paper piecing) and one with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, perfect for hand-piecers like me! I think I’m going to make Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato. Anyone know what that name means? I stumped google translate trying to figure it out! But I dearly love this amazing combination of 10-pointed stars and Jack’s Chain blocks.
So for me, the only choices left are what fabrics to use? Do I pull from my stash and play with fussy-cuts? Or do I really try to let the shapes shine, and make this all out of, say, ombre fabrics? Which would you use? Stay tuned for progress pictures!!