For our April Bee block, April (appropriate) Rosenthal requested an X-Plus quilt block. And to make it extra fun, she sent us some of her new collection for Moda, Best.Day.Ever. (April has a free pattern for this block.)
I am so excited for April! She has worked so hard. I first met April 3 years ago when I found her locally to help me with some web-design stuff (she’s got skillz I can only dream of) and found out she was a quilter too. Well look at what she’s done since! Here’s her beautiful booth at Market in Pittsburgh last month. You can learn more about her new collection of quilt patterns on her blog.
Best. Day. Ever. doesn’t ship to quilt shops until next fall, but here’s a little sneak peak thanks to April. This collection is full of cheerful, saturated colors.
The collection contains some great blenders in multiple colors.
I love this graph-paper looking print. I think it will be a popular “low-volume” print that can be used in so many ways. It also comes in multiple tone-on-tone colors.
Another fun new item I got my hands on is Ali Winston’s new book, Quilt Lab-The Creative Side of Science: 12 Clever Projects. Ali is a math-teacher and self-proclaimed geek. All of the quilt are inspired by scientific themes, symbols and designs. It’s a beautiful book with a entirely new take on quilt design. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:
If you are looking for some fresh, modern quilt inspiration, or you’re also a quilt-geek, or you have loveable geeks in your life that need a quilt, check out Quilt Lab. You can see all of the projects in the book on Ali’s Blog.
Ali has also designed quilt-geek t-shirts! You can check them out in her Etsy shop. I know I definitely have quilt-geek tendencies. Obviously people quilt for different reasons but I know for me designing quilt patterns is definitely housed in the same part of my brain that likes to play tetris and efficiently load a dishwasher. I just wish that efficiency spilled over into my fabric storage skills…