ARKANSAS TRAVELLER QUILT BLOCK PATTERN



Arkansas traveller quilt block

Arkansas traveller quilt block

 

The Arkansas Traveller quilt block is one of my favourites.  It looks satisfying complicated but is relatively easy to make.

 

 Making the quilt block

 

Sew three strips of fabric together

Sew three strips of fabric together

Cut into squares

Cut into squares

Cut two 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric and one 4.1/2″ strip of dark blue fabric.  Sew these together along the length with the white either side of the blue.  Cut at 8.1/2″ intervals to make squares.

 

 

Cut the squares along both diagonals

Cut the squares along both diagonals

 

Cut 8.1/2″ squares of light blue fabric and cut both squares across both diagonals to make quarter square triangles.  For each arkansas traveller quilt block you will need two light blue squares and four of the striped squares.  You need more of the striped squares because you can only use two triangles from each square.  This is my only regret about this quilt block pattern – adding to my scrap stash.

 

Lay out the light blue triangles

Lay out the light blue triangles

Add in the other triangles

Add in the other triangles

 

Lay the blue triangles out as shown.  I find it easiest to lay the light blue triangles first and then just fill in the gaps with the striped triangles.

 

These triangles are not used in the Arkansas Traveller quilt block

These triangles are not used in the Arkansas Traveller quilt block

 

Note that it’s the striped triangles with blue across the top that you are using, not the ones with the blue down the middle.

 

 

 

 

Sew the triangles together to make four squares

Sew the triangles together to make four squares

Sew the squares together to complete the Arkansas Traveller quilt block

Sew the squares together to complete the Arkansas Traveller quilt block

 

Sew together each pair of light blue and striped triangles to make half square triangles and then sew these half square triangles together to make four squares.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the two pairs of squares together. 

 

That completes the Arkansas Traveller quilt block pattern.  The interesting thing about this quilt block pattern is that the inner square seems to show up much better when the block is placed on point – although I think that it’s a delightful quilt block whichever way it’s placed!

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