International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
NMQG Challenge, Photo by my mom

This weekend was the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. The show hasn’t been in Chicago for the last couple of years, so we were excited to have it back. My parents came in town for the show and I also met up with Lee. It was a great day!

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Lee and I! Photo by my mom

One cool part of the day – my Naperville Modern Quilt Guild had a special exhibit!

Our guild had a log cabin challenge several months ago. We all were challenged to make a 36″ square quilt using log cabin blocks in a modern way. I made my Confetti Logs quilt. Here it is in the show!

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photo by my mom

The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase was also in the show. (I had been lucky enough to see it first in Cincinnati – such great quilts!) It was fun to see it again though with Lee, because she had a quilt on display as well.

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photo by my mom

My big show purchase was a new foot for my Bernina, #59 for piping. I know, I go crazy! 😉

Bernina Foot #59 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sunday, my parents went with us to Navy Pier before driving home. As you can probably tell, we had absolutely perfect weather. We went up in the Ferris Wheel for the first time. I was a bit scared. lol But great views!

Navy Pier in June : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ll be quilting my deadline quilt, hopefully at least basting my Simply Style quilt, and then getting packed and ready for a sewing weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Can’t wait!

Confetti Logs

Confetti Logs Front
Look how great my 6 year old holds a quilt!

This month the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild had a log cabin challenge. We were all asked to make a 36″ x 36″ quilt with log cabin(s) in a modern way. Last night was the meeting and everyone came up with such great designs! Really, no two were alike. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone’s quilts and the thought that went into all of them.

Confetti Logs

I decided to make all white log cabins with tiny strips of bright fabrics randomly incorporated into the logs. The logs are various widths, from 1-1/2″ to 1/2″ finished.

Confetti Logs Detail

This quilt was pretty improvisational. Although I had a plan for the blocks in my head, I wasn’t really sure about how to put them together. At first I was thinking about 1 giant block. Then it changed to multiple blocks. Then I decided I needed some separation to define the blocks. Ideas floated around from using neutral tan to narrow strips of color, stacked. But in the end I decided on larger color blocks.

Confetti Logs Quilting

I quilted this in straight lines, about 1/2″ apart.

Confetti Logs Back

The backing is one of my favorite prints from designer Anna Maria Horner.

Confetti Logs Binding

The binding was also something that changed at the last minute. I was planning on doing bright scrappy binding, but after it was cut it just seemed like too much. So I went looking through my stash and my eyes were drawn to one of my favorites from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road – the black text print. I worked in a couple spots of bright strips just to echo the design of the blocks.

And in an Arkansas Traveler update…I finished the quilt top! It looks great and the backing just arrived. I am still deciding on the quilting, but that will be the next large project to tackle on my list.