Are you ready to quilt your Arctic Vortex Quilt?
Hold on a second. Just because you have a finished quilt top, doesn’t mean it’s time to start quilting! This week, we’re taking some time to plan and prepare first, so that the quilting goes a lot smoother. And yes, you can start quilting once you’ve taken these important steps.
Arctic Vortex Quilt Along
Dates: September 14 through November 23, 2021
Duration: 10 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 6 Setting Triangles
Week 6: Make 6 Setting Triangles
Week 7: Assemble quilt top
Week 8: Prepare to quilt
Week 9: Quilt
Week 10: Bind << YOU ARE HERE
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Step 1: Choose your quilting method
How are you going to quilt your project? By hand? Using a walking foot? Free motion on a domestic machine? Longarm? Send it to a longarmer? Some combination of the above? This decision will influence all of the subsequent steps. Take stock of your preferences, skill set, budget, and available time.
Step 2: Plan your quilting
The eternal question: How Do I Quilt It? We could do an entire 8-week course on this subject (and hey, maybe I will some day!) but my favourite way to plan out my quilting is to draw on a picture of the quilt top. You can use your colouring page and pencils, a clear report cover with a whiteboard marker, or a photo of your quilt top and a drawing app. Try out a few different ideas and see what looks good and what feels doable in terms of density, complexity, and efficiency of movement.
If you haven’t planned the quilting for a triangle/hexagon quilt before, you can follow my design process as I worked through the quilting plan for Rebecca Bryan’s Solstice Modern Triangle BOM
Here are a few sketches I tried out for the quilting on one of my Arctic Vortex quilts. The last one is a modified spiral, and would work particularly well for walking foot quilting.
Step 3: Mark your quilt top
Unless you’re spray basting your quilt sandwich, you’ll want to do any necessary marking while your quilt top is unbasted, either using a hera marker, chalk, water soluble pen, or painter’s tape. (I have never spray basted a quilt, but I believe some quilters use an iron to heat set the spray adhesive, which would interfere with the marking methods I mentioned.)
Step 4: Baste your quilt sandwich
Whether you pin baste, thread baste, or spray baste, good basting is the first step to ensuring smooth, pucker-free quilting. (Technically, good piecing is the first step, but you did a great job of that!)
Make sure you smooth out all three layers, move any fullness away from the middle, and baste a little more densely than you think you might need.
Step 5: Share!
Share your quilting plan on Instagram using #ArcticVortexQAL
This week’s prize is a $25 gift card to shop.geekybobbin.com!
Use it to buy PDF patterns, paper patterns, or workshops (including the new Octopus Tentacle Scarf workshops I’m about to add for December!) And heads up: You can now buy gift cards in a number of denominations in my shop!
Best of all, they’re always a perfect fit.
Head over to the Instagram post for details on the giveaway! Best of luck!
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