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Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My first back-to-school finish! It only took almost 2 years. I’m so happy today to share with you my finished Arkansas Traveler quilt. I decided to rename it though, since really the blocks have been changed from the original Arkansas Traveler quilt block. I chose “Travel Home” because this quilt is destined to live at home with me, on my couch.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is the product of a lot of different inspiration sources combined. First, I’ve always been in love with historic two color quilts ~ red and white quilts, blue and white quilts, black and white quilts. There’s just something so striking about them.

Second, around two years ago I discovered Folk Fibers. I am really in awe of their quilts, the process that goes into making them, and then of course the natural colors.

And finally, last year I made an Arkansas Traveler quilt as a wedding gift and it was hard to give up! I knew I wanted to make some version of it again, this time for keeps.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I started designing the Travel Home Quilt ever so long ago, I knew I wanted it to have the same overall look as my first Arkansas Traveler quilt. I liked the chain effect…but I didn’t really want to make a quilt that large again. Honestly, for lounging under the couch I just don’t need something bed sized. If I kept the blocks at 12″ finished squares, I would need to make another large quilt to create a nice looking design. I ended up shrinking the blocks to 8″ finished squares. That allowed me to have the chained look, but a smaller quilt. This one finished at 56″ x 72″.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another change I made to the Arkansas Traveler block was to eliminate the 4 diamonds that made up each quadrant of the block. Instead, I used just one fabric for that space. I did this for a couple of reasons. I did really love the effect of the 4 diamonds in my original quilt (gave a sort of shimmering effect). But since I was doing cream/black prints on this quilt, I thought it would be overly busy and/or not very noticeable. Second, as I shrunk the blocks, the diamonds also shrunk so I though one fabric was plenty for these spots.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Nevermind my son running around like crazy!

The backing is a print from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection for Cotton + Steel. It’s quite different from the front, but I think complimentary. I quilted free motion meandering with a dark blue thread over the blue portions of the quilt, leaving the cream diamonds unquilted. I really wanted this quilt to have a nice, cozy drape after washing and it does! Now let’s see what I can finished next. 🙂



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    Dotty Mandlin

    September 4, 2014

    Maybe it’s all those years of school bulletin boards. The seasons change and I have to hang autumn-suitable quilts. Bold and splashy get a rest until next summer. 50 Shades of Brown!!

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    Anne Burden

    September 4, 2014

    Lovely. I really like your choicce of fabric. Well done

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    Anne Beier

    September 4, 2014

    Congratulations, Faith. Love both.

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    September 4, 2014

    Good for you to finish this quilt…I love it.. the color choices are super. Any chance this could be a tutorial?

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    September 4, 2014

    I love the way this turned out! I don’t usually like traditional quilt blocks, but I love the modern fabrics you used. Not sure if you meant to type lounging “under” the couch, but it made me laugh. 😉

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      September 4, 2014

      lol! Yes, I love relaxing in that 2″ space under it on the floor! lol!

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    September 4, 2014

    Love it. I just may have to make something similar for the bottom of my bed. Your work is all so beautiful!

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    September 4, 2014

    What a perfectly perfect, absolutely stunning quilt Faith. Love the colors you chose, and the quilting, and that backing too. And of course the pattern 🙂

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    September 4, 2014

    I love love the quilt, but I mainly wanted to say I have a hard time believing you ever lounge around.LOL!

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    September 4, 2014

    Can you tell l am new to this, somebody stop me!

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    September 4, 2014

    This denimy blue is perfect for this time of year– calm and warm at the same time. The creams shimmer in my picture, almost like silver 🙂 I adore your unexpected backing got fabric! Finally, thanks for sharing all the considerations you took while altering the original block. The result is really cosy and lovely!

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    September 4, 2014

    Amazing quilt, Faith. Love both front and the back. Really lovely.

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    Sharon T

    September 4, 2014

    Now you’ve pushed me over the edge…I have to make one for myself! Love this quilt! Love your work!

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    September 4, 2014

    Beautiful! I think your couch must be very happy!

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    September 4, 2014

    I like this one even better than your first one. Clean and simple, but still striking. I really need to make a two- color quilt.

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    September 4, 2014

    I really like the navy blue for the background. Great, great quilt!

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    September 4, 2014

    it’s beautiful!! ;p

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    September 4, 2014

    Faith, congrats on finishing a UFO! It’s equally beautiful on front and back and yes it looks cozy. I love how you describe the quilting of the blue but not the cream diamonds…its does give a fabulous look to the back as well. I can only imagine how yummy this will feel draped over you on a chilly evening…

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    September 4, 2014

    Beautiful quilt! I love your first Arkansas Traveler quilt, but I really like the things you did to make this one different 🙂

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    September 4, 2014

    Love this quilt–so striking and awesome. Also, I love your sharing the fact that it took 2 years. Fewer & higher quality is a good thing. Bravo on your finish.

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    September 4, 2014

    This is just fantastic!

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    September 4, 2014

    I love your quilt, colours and design. I might have to make it my next project! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    Cathy howe

    September 4, 2014

    Beautiful quilt!

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    Karen Seitz

    September 4, 2014

    Beautiful quilt! I love the changes you made from the original and especially the blue color.

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    September 4, 2014

    So awesome!!! I love everything about this quilt. You did a beautiful job. It looks fresh yet cozy and perfect for lounging on the couch. And now I totally NEED to make an Arkansas Traveler quilt for me. 🙂

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    September 4, 2014

    It’s gorgeous! Love everything about it!

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    Peggy Vickrey

    September 4, 2014

    What a gorgeous quilt, giving new life to a traditional pattern! Time to set up the sewing machine again.

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    Karen Shackleford

    September 4, 2014

    It’s fabulous! And the backing is especially wonderful. Glad you get to keep it for your own cuddling.

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    Jennifer B

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    September 4, 2014

    I love it! I too love two color quilts. You have inspired me. My birthday is July 4th and for years I have been collecting red, white and blue fabrics. I cannot get inspired to make a red, white and blue quilt! Today you have given me the brilliant idea of making several two colored quilts to roll up and put in my quilt basket. Red and white, blue and white, blue and red! Super easy and fast! I’m so happy!

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    September 4, 2014

    It’s beautiful. Blue is my favorite color. I love blue and white quilts. Actually I love two color quilts, too. I’m thinking of joining a free BOM for a two color quilt. The quilter made it in red and white. When I told her that my favorite color is blue, she is encouraging me to make mine in blue and white. I thought that was quite a complement that she wants others to embrace her pattern in their favorite colors and enjoy the variety. This pattern will be beautiful in a variety of combinations. Great job. You aced the course and it’s just the beginning of the semester.

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    September 5, 2014

    It’s beautiful! I love two color quilts too! The blue you chose is gorgeous!!

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    September 5, 2014

    it’s stunning Faith!!! So glad you’re keeping it for yourself. 🙂

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    Kim B.

    September 5, 2014

    It’s fascinating how different those quilts appear — they’re both beautiful, but with such a different look. Love learning this way, thanks!

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    September 5, 2014

    Absolutely stunning and great use of simple colors! You are right, it is completely eye catching and I am tempted now to make one with just simple two tone! I can complete understand why you wanted to keep this one AND the one you gifted for a wedding last year!

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    Christine Sherman

    September 5, 2014

    This is stunning, I LOVE it! You should make a pattern, I’m your first buyer! 😉

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    What comes next?

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    September 6, 2014

    Beautiful quilt love the idea of a 2 colour quilt, will have to try one now both the Arkansas traveller quilts are beautiful but my favourite us the blue and white well done, quilty hugs xx

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    Rebecca Grace

    September 7, 2014

    Congrats on your first quilt finish of the school year! I do love the “surprise” of the print fabric as backing. Some prints you just can’t bear to cut up anyway, right?

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    PT in SC

    September 8, 2014

    Wow, such a beautiful quilt. Great job!

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    September 12, 2014

    I really hope you make a pattern for this I love it

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    September 12, 2014

    Your `travel home` quilt is truly beautiful!