It isn't just the hand sewing that turns making a La Passacaglia quilt top into such a time consuming endeavor. The cutting and glue basting require a lot of attention as well.
This picture shows some fabric I fussy cut in order to get the look I want. Of course, you could make this quilt without doing any fussy cutting, but fussy cutting some prints greatly adds to the complex look of this quilt. I've been fussy cutting my striped fabric as well as cutting specific motifs from a large floral print as well as a couple of paisley fabrics. Without fussy cutting, these larger scale prints would have looked randomly chopped on the small pieces in this quilt. Whenever I fussy cut, I need five diamonds for the center star and 10 pentagons for the outer ring.
I'm rounding out the fussy cut fabrics with lots of pieces cut from tonal prints that can be cut in the conventional (and much faster) way.
Then there is the glue basting step. Each cut piece of fabric needs to be basted to its paper backing. I use a Sewline glue pen on a rotary cutting mat, My Olfa mat is square but I think a round rotary mat would work even better. The rotary mat makes the job go faster because you can turn the piece being glued, rather than trying to turn your body or twist your arm around a stationary position.
And there is a lot of gluing to be done! Here, I'm gluing the star points that connect all the rosettes together to make the final pattern. There are 1368 of these in the quilt; they are about 1" long.
I better get cracking!