This week I managed to get another quilt off my WIP list….
This quilt is a Do Good Stitches quilt from a long time ago. I actually finished piecing the top in October 2014 and first posted the block pattern in July 2014… actually feeling very guilty about how long this one has been sitting unfinished…
The block is a paper pieced pattern by Lee at Freshly Pieced called Arkansas Traveller. In setting a paper pieced block for your Bee, you are usually helping your odds of getting block the right size,…. unless some of your fellow Bee members, who are new to paper piecing, print the pattern out a little too small…
This usually happens when you either print the PDF of the pattern straight from the computer, without saving it to the desktop or if you print the pattern with “scale to fit” box ticked on in the Print dialogue box.
When I first got the Bee blocks in and realised some of them were a little small I thought I might have to remake them… but my darling husband suggested sashing and it worked a treat.
I fully embraced the scrappy feel of this quilt by adding a wonderfully scrappy binding, that used 8 different coloured fabrics…. I ended up attaching the binding, by hand, with the same variegated yellow thread that I quilted with.
So another old Work in Progress is done… I was feeling so virtuous about my finishes that I decided to start a new project but more about that next week.
32 thoughts on “Arkansas Traveller Quilt”
I love this. I think I may steel your colors and pattern. It is just bright,happy, and lovely
Love the colours in this! And what a great idea from your husband re the sashing, it adds so beautifully to the scrappy look! 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous. This quilt is definitely on my bucket list. 🙂
I love the vibrant colour scheme, and the sashig adds a delicious je ne sais quoi to the design.
I actually really love the way some of the blocks have borders- it is a great design feature and stands out in a good way!
I love it!!! And isn’t your husband clever?
He is clever but I would never let him know. Lol.
I do and it puts a glow on him and I stand there and take the love, hahahaha
Great Colors! I have an orange & grey quilt on my to do list.
Gorgeous!! I think the sashing adds so much.
i love these colors and use them often. Seems like you are finishing a project every day!! You do deserve to start a new one. Congratulations!
Thanks Helen. I still have a ridiculous number of ufos but I needed to do some selfish sewing.
Love the colours – they remind me of Autumn leaves – great work 🙂
Isn’t it wonderful when our spouses come up with helpful ideas? Love the quilt and the sashing is perfect!
I must admit most of the time the husbands suggestions are politely ignored, but occasionally he gets it right.
what a gorgeous quilt! love the bright colours with the grey backgrounds, and how some blocks are sashed…adds lots of interest to the quilt…think this one will be added to my to do list!
Still quilting mine although mine is more a spider wheel, but similar! But silly me thought she had the purple frixion pen and did a pattern on the white and did three more! Next day had a look and saw the pen and thought put back in the box and to my horror it was an ordinary ballpoint, o no! !!!! To my defense it was 3 am when I marked it as I had one of those white nights where I just could not fall asleep! Thank goodness for google, wet it and sprayed with hairspray that I had to rush out and buy and with my toothbrush went to work! Took three treatments and looking good but am now stuck with stiff squares, hahaha! Wonder if I should just quilt it again and then wash it all !
That was a close call. I am always nervous using the Frixon pens but I have not had a problem yet. B
Thank you B, glad I got the pen out as boy, it would’ve ruined the whole quilt and I was not up to unpicking a whole row! But the frixion pens are great, use it on every quilt and no bother, never see the lines at all! Make sure you buy the removable one and in the stationery shop, the quilt shops sell them for double the price!
This turned out great and I like what you did with the too small blocks! Good job.
Thanks Debbie. Signing up for the first quarter of the Finish Along has really motivated me to get stuff done.
Falling leaves against a dark autumn sky, that’s what this quilt reminds me of. Less Arkansas, more New England! Lovely job, and I’m very happy to see this one finished, it’s one of my favourites.
At this rate Kate I will have all your favorites done in no time!
Sounds like the perfect excuse to start a new quilt, but I’d hate to be responsible for you neglecting your UFOs… I’m looking forward to doing a little selfish sewing myself after the last big one.
Congratulations on yet another finish! You are really on a mission these days 🙂
Not only did hubby have a great idea, your choice to make those sashings a vivid design element was a brilliant interpretation. When I worked for a software company this was known as turning a “bug” into a “feature”. You’ve executed that with great flair.
This looks great – that extra sashing is a great design feature. So nice to finish off WIPS, I bet that nagging feeling is easng about them all now.
The colours are wonderful. I really like this quilt and your husbands’s idea worked out great.
Beautiful! I spy some of my favorite fabrics in there. I think the mini sashing makes it look even better!
Gorgeous quilt! I love the colors and the sashing is genius!
Such a wonderfully bright and happy quilt. I love the added sashing to resize the smaller blocks. I think it was a really genius solution to the problem, It really adds something wonderful to the design.
I adore the cheerful orange of this quilt. Your observations about foundation paper piecing and bee blocks are spot on. Yet overall, in spite of the common printing problems, in bees I have had more success with accurate finished sizes with paper than without.
The sashing works a treat. In orange, it looks like a deliberate accent.