Back in March 2022, hosted a Copihue quilt QAL - and for the first time in all of the QAL I've done, I actually completely finished it (instead of stashing the quilt top somewhere) so I thought I'd share it here!
The sample yardage from my Daybreak collection arrived while I was planning this QAL, so it felt only right to use it for this Copihue quilt. The Copihue quilt pattern has 4 sizes - baby, throw, twin, and queen, and I decided to make the throw size for the QAL.
After some back and forth, I decided on these nine prints for the quilt and got to cutting right away.
You can see my step by step in the pictures below!
The QAL Steps
For the quilt along, instead of breaking down the weekly sewing by blocks, I decided to break it down by section - basically, follow the steps as they are laid out in the pattern and then take one week to put all the blocks together.
So it went a little like this -
- Week 1 - Fabric Pull and cut pieces
- Week 2 - Sew half of the drunkards path pieces
- Week 3 - Sew second half of drunkards path pieces
- Week 4 - Sew all orange peel (leaves) pieces
- Week 5 - Sew blocks together
- Week 6 - Sew quilt top together
This makes for super fast sewing each week and as you can imagine from the schedule, the last two weeks are very satisfying, since that's when all your hard work comes together.
I absolutely love how all the blocks look together in this quilt. It's such a wild feeling looking at this and thinking - that's all me. From the design inspiration, to the actual quilt design, to the fabric used, it's all me. I designed all of it. This Copihue quilt is certainly one of the quilts I am more proud of.
Long Arm Quilting
As I mentioned in the beginning, usually when I do a quilt along, I finish the quilt top and then stash it somewhere and end up forgetting about it, but not this once. As soon as it was finished, I sent it off to Katie at Modern Textiles for some long-arm quilting.
I love how whimsical the panto we chose is - and it goes perfectly with the butterflies on the backing fabric.
For the binding there was no choice but to use the navy striped fabric from Daybreak. I can never say no to a good striped binding and it adds such a wonderful finishing touch to this quilt.
And I finished this quilt just in time to take it for a little photoshoot during my Golden Hour photoshoot - I love, love how it looks!
Quilt Pattern: Copihue Quilt by Cotton and Joy
Fabrics: Daybreak by Fran Gulick for Riley Blake Designs, Confetti Cotton in White (Background)
Backing: Mariposas in Cream from Daybreak by Fran Gulick for Riley Blake Designs
Binding: Stripes in Midnight from Daybreak by Fran Gulick for Riley Blake Designs
Pieced on my Janome 9450
Long Arm Quilting: Modern Textiles using the Cakewalk panto