Arctic Vortex Quilt Along Week 6

🎵It’s beginning to look a lot like a quilt top🎵 This might just be the most satisfying week of the entire quilt along for me. Our Arctic Vortex quilt tops are finally coming together! Maximum satisfaction, minimal frustration. Let’s jump right in!

Arctic Vortex Quilt Along

Dates: September 27 through November 22, 2022
Duration: 8 weeks
Quilt Sizes: Tree skirt or hexagonal quilt:

  • Large: 53” x 61”
  • Medium: 47” x 56”
  • Mini: 23” x 28”


Week 1: Pick your fabrics, get your pattern, plan your coloring sheet
Week 2: Cut, label, and organize your pieces
Week 3: Make 3 Vortex Blocks
Week 4: Make 3 Vortex Blocks
Week 5: Make 12 Setting Triangles
Week 6: Assemble quilt top & Prepare to quilt
Week 7: Quilt
Week 8: Bind

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Step 1: Get organized!

Whether you’re using a design wall, design bed, or design floor, now is the time to lay out all your blocks, adjust their placement, and make sure you’re happy with the finished arrangement.

For me, the key is getting the stripe effect to continue from one block to the next. In the center of the quilt, all your lightest strips should meet (or all your darkest — just be consistent.)

At the “bottom” of each Vortex block, lay out 2 setting triangles. I find that the sashing strips on the large size add another stripe into the mix, so I wanted to continue the long light-dark-light stripe down the left edge of the block, while on the medium size I preferred the contrast of a dark-light-dark stripe.

Once you’re happy with your layout, pin or stack your blocks so you can chain piece them together.

Step 2: Attach setting triangles.

If you’re making the mini: skip this step, have some tea, and congratulate yourself yet again for picking a smaller, simpler project.

Everyone else: attach a setting triangle to the bottom left of each Vortex block, then another to the bottom right. You may want to backstitch the ends of these seams, since they’ll be on the outer edge of the quilt top while you’re quilting.

You now have 6 mega-triangles

Step 3: Join mega-triangles

Sew 3 mega-triangles together to make half the quilt top, then join the two halves. If you’re making a tree skirt, you can stop halfway, since you’ll be cutting a slit anyway.

Step 4: Share!

Share your finished quilt top on Instagram using #ArcticVortexQAL

Giveaway is closed

This week’s prize is a limited edition 2021 Holiday Thread Pack from WonderFil Specialty Threads™!

Founded in 1988 by one Canadian family, WonderFil Specialty Threads™ started with humble beginnings, offering only one single rayon embroidery thread line. Through their decades of hard work and passion, WonderFil® is now an international company participating in over one hundred events annually. We currently offer 36 unique thread lines all the way from 100wt to 3wt in cotton, polyester, rayon, metallic, and wool varieties. WonderFil® proudly takes the lead in designing innovative specialty threads and setting new standards in the quilting industry by advancing thread technology. 

Bring the spirit of the holidays into your projects with the all new limited edition 2021 Holiday Thread Packs collection! These adorable packs are designed to be gifted to a friend (or to treat yourself) with colourways curated in Christmas and winter holiday themes.

This year, we’re bringing you 4 brand new limited time colours in 12wt GlaMore rayon and metallic thread! You can also discover our #8 Eleganza perle cotton, 8wt Dazzle rayon and metallic, and the mystery blind box for those who truly love opening up a surprise!

Head over to the Instagram post for details on the giveaway! Best of luck!

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