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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    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!

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    Sharon says

    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!

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    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…

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    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.

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    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!!!!

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    Rachel says

    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! 🙂

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    vicki boschman says

    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!

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    Patty says

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    Jane F says

    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!!

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    diana alexander says

    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!

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    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.

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    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 ..

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    lisa m says

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

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    Andrea Vanhofwegen says

    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!

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    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.

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    Patricia says

    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. 🙂

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    Fran says

    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!

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    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.

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    Jill says

    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

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    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.

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      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). 🙂

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    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. 🙂

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    Nicky says

    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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    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.

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    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!!

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      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. 🙂

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    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!

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      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.

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    aunty Chris says

    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 says

    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.

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    Elizabeth Miller says

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

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    aunty chris says

    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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