My final donation quilt for our school and church carnival is this Canyon Path quilt done up in some gorgeous Cotton + Steel. The pattern is by Alexia Abegg and is available on the Cotton + Steel website. I bought the kit for this quilt on Craftsy a few months back. It has enough extra fabric included to piece a backing, or if you are ambitious, you could make a few extra blocks!
I chose to keep the quilt at nine blocks as written. The cutting and piecing is very straightforward if you are comfortable with half square triangles. The only change I made was to cut the squares for the half square triangles 1/8" bigger than called for and then trim my blocks down to size. I feel I get a more accurate block this way. Otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly. I chained pieced everything I possible could, laying out the pieces on my sewing table and then working on them when I had a spare 15 or 20 minutes.
Most of the block components have been pieced for over a month, but I didn't have the top assembled until this weekend. For the backing, I used another fabric from Alexia's Mesa line (also purchased at Craftsy). The quilt finishes at 54" square and because it is smallish, I went ahead and spray basted it. I quilted it with a set of two straight lines through vertical and horizontal centers of each block first. When those were done, I quilted lines diagonally through the center of each block, from corner to corner. The quilting is minimal which makes for an incredibly soft quilt and I think the final pattern suits the design well.
Again, a machine binding! I'm getting good at these with all the practice I've had in the last week. I've been sewing them to the back side of the quilt and then flipping them to the front to stitch in place with a zig zag. My biggest trick? Glue baste the corners and hold them in place with some wonder clips. I'm sure I'm late to that party, but, man, what a difference!