Arctic Vortex Quilt Along Week 1

Plan your quilt!

The first question is which size Arctic Vortex Quilt are you making? The medium size makes a good throw quilt or tree skirt, but if you want a bigger tree skirt, the large size is a few inches larger thanks to the added sashing, which also adds a little extra visual interest. Either one can be made using fat quarters or yardage. You can even go scrappy if you have long strips hanging around in your scrap basket.

Either way, you’ll want to pair up fabrics, since each block is made with 2 colours of strips. You can choose high contrast pairs or low contrast pairs.

And of course the star of the show is the focal fabric for the diamonds! We’ll talk more about fussy cutting next week, but you can print out the diamond template from the pattern to check if your motifs are the right scale for fussy cutting. Feel free to go scrappy with these as well!

Arctic Vortex Quilt Along FAQs, Early Bird Prize, and Recommended Tools

We’re one week away from the beginning of Arctic Vortex Quilt Along and I’m sew excited for all the fun!

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”

3 Secret Formulas to Picking Fabric Colors that Work Together for Your Quilt

It’s no secret that I love making colorful quilts. Bright fabrics are fun!

When I show my quilts in a trunk show, one of the comments that I hear the most is “I love the color palette you used for this quilt!”

Here are my 3 simple secret formulas for picking the perfect palette of prints for a quilt, without using a color wheel or color theory.

How to increase digital pattern sales at trunk shows (virtual and in person!)

Congratulations! You made the pivot to online lectures and trunk shows! Just in time to start pivoting back to in person programs for quilt guilds and quilt shows (fingers crossed!)
While virtual teaching has given us many opportunities (no travel time = reaching more groups! Students can’t important supplies at home, because they ARE at home!) the loss of the merch table at the end of class can certainly leave a teacher’s pockets feeling a bit lighter.
Fortunately, this is an easy problem to solve, if we look to the high converting sales techniques that digital marketers have tuned for their product launches.

Orbital Quilt Pattern Tester Parade

I’m so excited to share all the beautiful Orbital quilts that my pattern testers made! This modern curvy quilt pattern is so versatile, as you can see with the variety of looks here.
I’d love to know which Orbital quilt is your favourite! The Orbital quilt pattern also has a Mini size, Twin size, and King size option. I can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it!

Quarter-Inch Game Changers!

When I was a beginner quilter, I struggled with sewing an accurate quarter-inch seam allowance. How did I finally get perfect, consistent, quarter-inch seam allowances for accurate piecing, perfect points, and beautiful quilt blocks? Game Changer #1: The Flanged Quarter-Inch Presser Foot
Behold, my secret weapon in the Quest for the Consistent Seam Allowance!

A Plastic-Free Quilt-In-Progress Storage System

My quilting studio has finally gotten so messy, that my brain totally goes offline when I’m in there.
Thankfully, I had committed to do some quilt studio spring cleaning as part of the Spring Clean your Studio blog hop! As I said in last year’s Spring Cleaning post, nothing gets my butt in gear like a deadline. After a year of pandemic, my sewing room was soooo much worse.
How bad was it, you ask?
I shared these Before pics on Instagram with a double-bagged warning, and still, some viewers were shocked. Use the little arrow thingy on the side to scroll AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Book Review: Design, Make, Quilt Modern by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts

I was beyond thrilled to receive Heather Black’s new book Design, Make, Quilt Modern which released just last week.
In the book, Heather walks you through all the steps of designing a modern quilt. Heather lectured on creating balance and depth in quilt designs at QuiltCon a few years ago, and I refer back to my notes from that lecture when designing every quilt since; these design principles are beautifully explained in the Design Basics chapter, with illustrations from Heather’s own design process on her award winning quilts.

Best Posts of 2020

My favourite 5 blog posts of 2020 include a round-up of quilt binding techniques, my favourite new quilt pattern from this year, fabric storage tips, a Geeky Biz post for my fellow online marketers, and a cute, quick project tutorial!

I’m happy to see that my most viewed blog posts of the past year were on the helpful side!