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Arkansas Traveler
Arkansas Traveler Quilt Block

This is an interesting block. I had a lot of fun creating the Sample Quilts for it. When I looked at this block many years ago, I didn't even want to try to figure it out. Now I wonder why it gave me so much heartburn! It's a relatively simple block that can be made up in subtle or bold colors. As you can see in my Samples, I opted for bold, kid colors. You will need 5 fabrics: a background and 4 colors that will work together. We will be making this one 12" finished.

Posted: August 2002

Sample Quilt Layouts

Cut as follows:
Fabric Cutting Information
Background (Bkg) Cut 8 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangles
All 4 Colors
(F1, F2, F3, F4)
Cut 1 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangle
Cut 4 2-1/2" squares

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Mark the diagonal on the wrong side of ALL 2-1/2" squares.
  2. Making sure that the squares are the same color on both ends...matching right sides together, attach a square to both ends of a background rectangle...make sure your seams are in the correct direction; press open toward corners. With wrong side facing up, do a quick size check to be sure they are 2-1/2"x6-1/2"...square up as needed. Trim away excess fabric on corners.
  3. Attach units from step#1 to opposite sides of the 2-1/2"x6-1/2" rectangle of the same toward rectangle.
  4. Join two units together with one oriented horizontally and one vertically; then join the new units...watching orientation carefully. Seams can be pressed whichever way works best for your fabric.
  5. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 12-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.

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