Arctic Vortex Quilt Along Week 5

Can you believe we’re half way through the Arctic Vortex Quilt Along? If you’re making the mini quilt, you’re finally ready to sew some quilt blocks! The rest of us are shifting gears from diamond quilt blocks to some super speedy triangle quilt blocks to fill in the outer edge of our hexagon quilts or quilted tree skirts.

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

Read the FAQs

Step 1: Make strip sets.

Check the Arctic Vortex Quilt pattern for how many strip sets to sew and which order the fabrics go in. Remember to double check if the instructions call for WOF (40-ish inches) or half-WOF strips.

Whether you’re making a mini quilt and excited to finally start sewing, or if you just want a refresher on sewing tricky angles:

Step 2: Sub-cut strip sets

Use the measurements in the pattern to measure the long edge of each trapezoid, then cut at the angle shown in the diagrams.

Step 3: Assemble setting triangles

The trapezoids are cut a bit generously, so it’s ok if you have a little hanging off the bottom of your triangle. You can either trim it off now, or after you finish quilting. Attach the small trapezoid to the right side of the center triangle first.

If you’re making the large size, attach sashing strips.

Step 4: Share!

Share your 12 (6 for the mini) beautiful Setting Triangles on Instagram using #ArcticVortexQAL

Giveaway is closed

This week’s prize is a Hobbs batting of your choice!

Hobbs has manufactured high-quality quilt batting (wadding) for hobbyist, commercial, art and show quilters since 1978.

We’re proud to come from a family of quilters and are committed to providing you with the same high-quality Hobbs batting (wadding) we provide our own family of quilters.

At Hobbs Batting, we never forget that quilts are a gift from the heart – an expression of love, commitment and caring for a specific recipient – or an expression of artistry and skill – artistry and skill that’s submitted and judged in quilt shows and events around the world – or both.

Here’s your chance to WIN a FREE Batt of your choice – pick any size batt of any Hobbs products

Not sure which batting is best for your Arctic Vortex quilt? Join me and Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Bonded Fibers as we talk about batting selection for holiday projects, LIVE on Instagram this Thursday, October 14 at 3pm Eastern, noon Pacific.

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

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