Arkansas Traveler ~ A Finished Quilt

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

It’s done!! Last week, I finished up hand stitching the binding of the Arkansas Traveler quilt. I am in love with how it turned out. (For those that are new to the blog, you can find previous posts about this quilt here, here and here.)

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

A little backstory on this quilt…my aunt asked me to make something for my cousin and his wife who were married late last year. The design and colors were all left up to me (yes!) I have loved the Arkansas Traveler block ever since we made them in the Summer Sampler Series. They are a bit of work with the diamonds and the paper piecing, but they are just beautiful blocks.

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

When I was brainstorming layout ideas, I was inspired by the fact that this quilt was for a newly married couple, so symbolizing the bond of marriage was important to me. This layout is a nod to more traditional wedding quilts like a Double Wedding Ring or Irish Chain.

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

Measuring 72″ x 96″, I’m not sure if this is the largest quilt I’ve ever made, but it is close. It’s definitely the heaviest. Usually I use Quilter’s Dream Request Loft batting (the lowest loft), but for this one I used a slightly loftier batting, the Select Loft. The quilt is headed to Montana and I figured it was colder there so a thicker quilt would be nice.

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

The size and weight did make for a challenge when quilting. There were more than a few moments when I wondered if I should have sent it out to a long arm. I stitched horizontal lines, spaced randomly between 1/4″ and 3/4″ apart. I went through 12 bobbins and each of the 8 rows of blocks took about 1 hour, 15 minutes. I tried to quilt 2 rows each day. It was quite a workout!

Arkansas Traveler Quilt

The diamonds are all scrappy fabrics from my stash, but the neutral is Free Spirit Designer Solid in Sand Dune and the backing and binding is Submarines and Seaweed in Aqua from Tula Pink’s Saltwater line.

I’m heading to ship it out today. It’s hard to say goodbye but I’m really happy to have created something special for someone in my family.

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80 Comments

  1. Reply

    robin

    April 22, 2013

    stunning!

  2. Reply

    Melissa

    April 22, 2013

    It’s beautiful! I just finished the Summer Sampler Series and the Arkansas Traveler block was one of my favorites. And I love love love Submarines and Seaweed!

  3. Reply

    Dianna

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

  4. Reply

    Esther F.

    April 22, 2013

    Very beautiful! I am very impressed!!!

  5. Reply

    Cheryl

    April 22, 2013

    It is beautiful!

  6. Reply

    Sharon Lichter

    April 22, 2013

    I love the fresh, modern feel of this quilt.

  7. Reply

    Jen L

    April 22, 2013

    Stunning! Great fabric choices and the quilting was absolutely worth it! Breathtaking!

  8. Reply

    Sharon

    April 22, 2013

    So very beautiful. I want to make a quilt that takes time and patience, so often today I find myself making fast and easy quilts. The work in this quilt certainly shows!

  9. Reply

    CitricSugar

    April 22, 2013

    Oh, Faith, this is just so pretty. I’m glad you used grey as the background – white just wouldn’t have got the same sparkly jewel quality from the blocks…

  10. Reply

    Sheryl W

    April 22, 2013

    Gorgeous!

  11. Reply

    Leanne

    April 22, 2013

    This is really really beautiful. You have picked the best colours and the quilting is a perfect enhancement for the pattern. I think I will have to put one like it on my list.

  12. Reply

    Sarah

    April 22, 2013

    This is exquisite!!

  13. Reply

    Kathy Guenther

    April 22, 2013

    Simply beautiful. Can’t believe you did all that quilting!

  14. Reply

    Vera

    April 22, 2013

    It’s beautiful!

  15. Reply

    svetlana

    April 22, 2013

    It’s absolutely stunning, Faith. This is such a gorgeous quilt, I’m sure they’ll love it. And all that straight line quilting, wow!!!!

  16. Reply

    Mindy C

    April 22, 2013

    It’s wonderful! I can’t believe all that quilting!

  17. Reply

    Pam from CA

    April 22, 2013

    Gorgeous quilt! Love the block and setting design you chose! Incredible gift of love!

  18. Reply

    Sondra

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful gift. Love the colors/design.

  19. Reply

    Vicki

    April 22, 2013

    Wow, that is truly magnificent! It will be an awesome gift for someone special.

  20. Reply

    Jen @ A Quilting Jewel

    April 22, 2013

    This is such a beautiful quilt. I really love it.

  21. Reply

    Rachel

    April 22, 2013

    Faith, I’ve been waiting to see this finished and it’s simply gorgeous. The colors, the negative space, the quilting, all absolutely perfect. This one is going on my must make list! 🙂

  22. Reply

    Megan

    April 22, 2013

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! You should definitely be proud of this one! Have a great day!

  23. Reply

    vicki boschman

    April 22, 2013

    Not much to add – but had to post this note because I am blown away with this quilt!! Absolutely stellar all round – colors, design, quilting. They are VERY lucky and blessed to receive this amazing gift!

  24. Reply

    Tonya Albers

    April 22, 2013

    It turned out so beautiful! I am sure they will cherish such a work of art 🙂

  25. Reply

    Patty

    April 22, 2013

    Faith, not only is your quilt gorgeous, but I love the photos of it against the rustic building! Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. Reply

    Christine Sherman

    April 22, 2013

    The colors are so lovely!! Great job!

  27. Reply

    Elise Lea

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful quilt, the quilting you did is incredible and really adds a nice texture to the quilt. I personally think that you quilting it was a great choice (even though it was a lot of work) the recipients are some lucky people!

  28. Reply

    Amanda

    April 22, 2013

    I love everything about this Faith! I’m sure the couple will treasure it for years to come.

  29. Reply

    Connie

    April 22, 2013

    WOW!! What a wonderful gift (and great color choices!!)

  30. Reply

    Miss Stash Would

    April 22, 2013

    Faith, it’s gorgeous! It just sparkles. And, the quilting is spectacular.

    Beautiful job!

  31. Reply

    Marianne

    April 22, 2013

    Your quilt designs just keep getting better and better! Congratulations on this beauty!

  32. Reply

    Dan R

    April 22, 2013

    It turned out beautifully.

  33. Reply

    carla

    April 22, 2013

    When you ship a quilt do you wrap it in plastic / a garbage bag or anything, or just straight into the box? I’m shipping my first quilt in a week or so and I’m not sure what to do to keep it safe. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 22, 2013

      I do wrap it in plastic first, and then put it in the box. You never know if the box will end up in a puddle of water. 🙂

  34. Reply

    Emily

    April 22, 2013

    Wow, that is quite impressive! I’ve made a few queen sized quilts before and they’re boogers to quilt for sure. Your dense lines are really amazing!

  35. Reply

    Kara

    April 22, 2013

    That looks beautiful! Great job!

  36. Reply

    Felicity

    April 22, 2013

    I know from experience how difficult these blocks are, and how tedious straight-line quilting can be. This is a beautiful masterpiece!

  37. Reply

    Ally

    April 22, 2013

    I look at a lot of quilts on blogs and really like what I see but this one is absolutely stunning!

  38. Reply

    Gillian

    April 22, 2013

    What a beautiful quilt this is. I love the colour choices, the block design and the quilting. Truly something to cherish.

  39. Reply

    Jane F

    April 22, 2013

    Like everyone else who has posted above I think this is a beautiful, shimmering quilt. Your newly married friends are so lucky to have you as a friend – they will be delighted when they see it – no doubt!!

  40. Reply

    diana alexander

    April 22, 2013

    Hello gorgeous! Wish it was coming my way!

    I saw your magazine at our local B & N! When I saw your quilt I exclaimed “I know her” muttered “sort of” and looked around to see if anyone heard me 🙂 CONGRATS! This may need to be in a magazine too!

  41. Reply

    Rebecca Grace

    April 22, 2013

    Wow, Faith — this is one of my favorites! Those AK Traveler blocks just seem to sparkle across your gray background. It’s stunning, and your cousins are so blessed to receive this gift of love and beauty.

  42. Reply

    Katy

    April 22, 2013

    Love the colours in this, great effect with the mixture of tones

  43. Reply

    Val

    April 22, 2013

    Absolutely Lovely!!

  44. Reply

    Willit

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful job. Well done.

  45. Reply

    shirley tener

    April 22, 2013

    Very Lovely, I adore your devotion and they will lay under handmade love. I just machine quilted my first small lap quilt .. I would to see you quilting theses lines……. whew.. I learned on a Longarm so thats what I knew, my shoulders hurt now ..

  46. Reply

    lisa m

    April 22, 2013

    I love how the alternating blocks and the colours you chose make it look so fresh and modern (pun intended lol).

  47. Reply

    Andrea Vanhofwegen

    April 22, 2013

    Faith, this is a beauty! Did you count how many passes you took across this quilt while quilting it? I’d love to know. It is impressive! And a beautiful labor of love!

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 22, 2013

      I didn’t count, but it was, on average, every 1/2″ so that would be about 192 lines. Wowzers. 🙂

  48. Reply

    Ella

    April 22, 2013

    Wow. it’s so lovely!

  49. Reply

    mrs d

    April 22, 2013

    oh what a wonderful quilt… wish it was headed to my house. such a beauty

  50. Reply

    Sherry

    April 22, 2013

    It is beautiful. They will treasure it. I am going to try some quilting on a small project, I am certainly not ready to tackle a job like this wonderful quilt.

  51. Reply

    Patricia

    April 22, 2013

    Lovely work. And thank you for reminding me of saltwater submarines! I was in search of a backing for a gift quilt and I think my blue loving friend will like it. 🙂

  52. Reply

    natski

    April 22, 2013

    What an amazing quilt, and what an awesome wedding present 🙂

  53. Reply

    Jane B

    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful. The newlyweds will love it.

  54. Reply

    Fran

    April 23, 2013

    This is really beautiful Faith! And the quilting is the perfect finishing touch, even though it can be hard work wrestling a bigger quilt through a domestic machine I much prefer the look it gives & then it’s a completely handmade gift!

  55. Reply

    Cynthia

    April 23, 2013

    I think that is the most gorgeous quilt ever!

  56. Reply

    Franziska

    April 23, 2013

    I love everything about it. The colours, the pattern (the block is on my list, too), the layout. Everything. If I didn’t have so much in the works I’d totally copy this. 🙂 No, I wouldn’t. I don’t think it could every be as beautiful as this. Have to go back to the photos to admire again.

  57. Reply

    sarah

    April 23, 2013

    Absolutely stunning!!! Must make now…… thanks for sharing.

  58. Reply

    Maria W

    April 23, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous quilt! Love it!

  59. Reply

    Jill

    April 23, 2013

    Great colors — the Summer Sampler series was one I missed but am tempted to purchase the patterns online as they are unique yet classic. Inspiring job as usual =) J

  60. Reply

    Lynette

    April 23, 2013

    Wow!! What an absolutely gorgeous quilt! For your line quilting, did you mark anything at all? That’s not *all* just free-footing across the quilt, is it? Stunning – they are sure to love this.

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 23, 2013

      I didn’t mark anything, but I did start at a row seam in the center of the quilt and worked by way out from there. I used a 1/4″ marking on my walking foot, the edge of my walking foot, and a guide on my walking foot to keep things even (depending on the width spacing I was quilting at the time). 🙂

  61. Reply

    Tamie

    April 23, 2013

    This is beautiful. What a lucky couple they are.

  62. Reply

    Christa

    April 23, 2013

    It’s beautiful! I know it’s a little more work to maneuver a big bulky quilt under the machine, but the results are so worth it! I’m proud of you for quilting it yourself. 🙂

  63. Reply

    Nicky

    April 24, 2013

    This is a truly beautifull quilt, I love the simple design, fresh colours and the quilting just make it perfect. What a lucky couple to receive such a gift.

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    Carla Morris

    April 24, 2013

    Lovely. I particularly like how you chose something modern but that has ties to traditional Irish chain and double wedding ring quilts, which as you say are associated with marriage. I bet they will be thrilled with it.

  65. Reply

    Leanne

    April 24, 2013

    What a beautiful wedding gift. I love how you used a different block, but still tied it to traditional patterns. Great job.

  66. Reply

    adina

    April 24, 2013

    Wow, i love this!!! It is ah-mazing! I’d love to find out more (tutorial?) about how you design your quilts in Photoshop. Please!!

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 24, 2013

      Hi Adina! Thanks! If you click on the “Patterns and Tutorials” tab up top, there is a tutorial on how I do some of my quilt design in Photoshop. 🙂

  67. Reply

    Claire Jain

    April 26, 2013

    I loved this block from the Summer Sampler Series. The colors and the layout you chose are amazing. All those blocks and that quilting, phew! I know so much work went into this quilt. It’s beautiful!

  68. Reply

    Krystal Ray

    April 27, 2013

    Well done! Would you mind sharing what kind of thread you use for your quilting?

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 27, 2013

      Thanks Krystal! I use Aurifil 50wt thread. I seriously love it. I never have issues, very high quality. I buy white (#2024 White), tan (#2312 Nutshell Tan) and grey (can’t find the exact number right now) in cones that last a super long time. I have regular spools in colors I don’t use as much, like black. I get the cones at Pumpkinvine Corner.

  69. Reply

    aunty Chris

    April 28, 2013

    I am the aunt in Montana who asked the great talent of Faith Jones to make this for our son and daughter in law. THIS IS STUNNING, love it… 🙂

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    Danell

    April 30, 2013

    I have to say when I saw the first pictures of this quilt while still in the process phase, I was not so sure of the BIG plain squares. Now that it is finished, all I can say is WOW, the straight line quilting really add that something special and lets the quilt design and colors show and take center stage. May have to give this one a try, on a smaller scale of course. Great job.

  71. Reply

    Elizabeth Miller

    June 7, 2013

    Soooooooooooooooo beautiful it really took my breath away.
    Is the pattern for sale i want to make it.

  72. Reply

    marjanna

    June 15, 2013

    Wow. Absolutely stunning. And inspiring. Wow.

  73. Reply

    Elisabeth DeMoo

    October 3, 2013

    I love the colors and the pattern.

  74. Reply

    heather

    February 26, 2014

    Love this! Very nice! Actually really cool… 🙂 wish I’d seen this sooner. 🙂

  75. Reply

    aunty chris

    January 28, 2015

    This quilt is stunning. I actually got to snuggle under it in Bozeman MT. Thank you Faith for such a beautiful quilt filled with stitches of love. It looks so lovely in there new home. 🙂

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