Download the free pattern here! Arches National Park Block Pattern
Arches National Park is home to more than 2,000 arches, mostly the result of sandstone eroding over time. The park is in the Utah dessert near Moab where it get less than 10 inches of rain per year. In addition to the arches there are other geological oddities such as the balanced rock. You can see many of these from your car. The dessert climate is perfect for picture taking.
My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting in September 2016. It was extremely hot that day and the hike to the delicate arch was one of the very few we have been on where we ran out of water. The hike is not typical, as you do not walk on a normal path, rather you scale up a giant sandstone. If you choose to do this hike, as you should, bring your own shade.
None the less, the experience was completely worth it. The delicate arch is beautiful. Also, Arches NP is super close to Canyonlands. We were able to do both in one day.
This block was designed by Susan Davis of American Quilt Blocks. She designed blocks for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. You can buy the blocks printed on a high quality fabric from her website in various sizes. I recommend everyone to check out her website and purchasing one of her great designs.
Update: Olde America Antiques stopped selling fabric blocks in 2018. You can still view the designs on their website. http://nationalparkquilts.com/
I chose to make my block from various solids and chose to make my colors a little brighter. If you want to make this block too then download this Arches National Park Block Pattern (its free). Use your favorite piecing method and quilt along.