Log Cabins, Log Cabins and more Log Cabins

Mittwoch, 10. Februar 2016


These days, Martingale released a brand new book about variations of log cabins, featuring 16 quilts from various designers.


I am very excited to be part of this book, called I LOVE LOG CABINS and to celebrate the new book, you can win a copy. Since so many of our contributors are from US and will post giveaways there, this one is meant for an European winner. So it will be randomly given to one of the European comments.
The book has something for every style, if traditional or more modern and here is a sneak peak of my favorites (you can see all projects in the preview on Martingales website).
Blocked in by Melissa Corry


Hourglass-Courthouse-Steps by Audrie Bidwell


Rockin the Rainbow by Jackie White


Scrappy-Courthouse-Steps by Lissa Alexander

And this is my contribution, a very simple modern Log-Cabin Variation using only 5 Pieces per Block. I used a color scheme of berries, reminding of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants and also tangerines and peaches or plums. I spiced the solids up with some prints of my current in stores line FOR YOU.
I called it VERY BERRY.


here are some details of the prints and the quilting (for the quilting motif I used my fabric pattern and translated it in a quilting line).

  
I had a couple of left over squares from my solid, so I made a kind of checkerboard as my backing.As you can see, the quilting is only on the solids and the prints are left blank.


If you want to win a copy of this brand new book, just leave a comment below. And don’t forget to let me know your email address, so I can contact you, if you are the winner.
Best luck!

Paper and FOR YOU are coming to your quilt shop these days

Donnerstag, 13. August 2015

Hello my friends, good news for you! PAPER and FOR YOU, two of my newest fabric lines are leaving the Moda Warehouse these days to be sent to your favorite quilt shop! Be on the lookout, I guess especially Paper will go fast.

I’m quoting here Carrie Nelson from the Moda Marketing team who is blogging today about Paper at “The Cutting Table”:

Modern Background – Paper.  By Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic.

Modern Background Paper, Brigitte Heitland, Zen Chic

There are two reasons for my showing this today… okay, three.  First, this collection ships this week so it will finally be arriving in a quilt shop near you.  Long-awaited, much-anticipated… all that.  (It really is worth the wait.)  Second, I love this collection!  (It’s not obvious, is it?)  Third, when am I going to get to do another post titled “shades of gray”?  (No, I haven’t read any of the books.)

Back to this particular Paper… what I love about this collection is that they’re “basics”.  That means the fabrics are highly stash-able – they’re the kind of fabric that I will use these over and over again.  Oh wait… I already have!  I used several Paper prints for the house quilt (Village – coming soon), a few were mixed into Prairie Prom, and I used one of the prints for the background triangles in Pink Lemonade Starlight.  While I love them all and will probably get fat quarters or half-yards of most of them, there are a several pieces that I’ll get more of – probably lots more of.  I’d get more of everything in the collection but my apartment isn’t that big and, truth be told, I know which pieces I’ll use a lot and which ones I’ll only use a little bit of.

These are my favorites – the four I’ll be “stashing”.

Modern Backgrounds Paper collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda

From top to bottom:  Silver White Polka Dots – 1588 13.  Silver White Text & Geometry 1581 11.  Silver White Circles  1584 11.  Silver White Script 1580 11.

I think that’s the hardest thing to learn as a quilter – what to buy and how much to buy.  It took me many years to realize that there were fabrics that, no matter how much I loved them, I was never going to need more than a fat quarter or half-yard.  I wish there was a book to read or a chart to consult but there isn’t any easy one-size-fits-all answer.  Anybody who tells you otherwise is… well, not realistic.  Our tastes change, and it takes some self-examination about the kinds of quilts you make to determine what YOU need to be stashing.  It comes down to one thing – what kinds of quilt you make.

For me, my “job” requires that I use new, available fabrics.  The sewing I do for myself – for fun – means that I’m probably mixing backgrounds, some “old” and some new.  I’ve always done that, only the tone and style of the fabric has changed.  For backgrounds that I really love, I usually get at least 4 yards.  For these, I’ll probably get 5 or 6 yards.  Maybe a bolt.  (Especially of the polka dots.)  While I love the tone-on-tone backgrounds in the collection, and those that have more print and contrast to them, I’ve learned that I like them best in other people’s quilts.  They’re just not “me” – even when I’ve tried to do something like quilts I love. I’ll mix them in with background prints like these, but in proportionately smaller amounts that the main backgrounds.

There is a little part of my brain that says “get bolts and bolts of your favorites” but I know that if – when! – these are hugely popular, there is a very good chance that they will stay around.  Or more like them will come along.  (Really, I’m pretty sure nobody has ever said, “hmmm… that’s very popular, let’s discontinue that!”)       So far Carrie Nelson from the Moda team.

And not only Paper is shipping to stores, the colorful companion FOR YOU will arrive too – you will need some splashes of bright colors popping from the calm light background fabrics. Here they are

FOR YOU moda, Zen Chic, Brigitte Heitland

Are you inspired yet? Need a project to start with? I have lots of new patterns for you (yes FOR YOU!) on my website.

Here is one of it, called PEARLS

Pearls, Zen Chic, Brigitte Heitland

Let me know, which fabrics you like and what kind of projects they inspire you to!

american Patchwork & Quilting features Top-Notch Diamonds

Donnerstag, 6. August 2015

The popular quilt magazine shows this modern and fresh quilt from Zen Chic made with the Reel Time collection fabrics.

The magazine issue will be on newsstands from 4th of August, so pick up yours during your next shopping trip. It’s filled with 22 projects for all styles and tastes. Get a preview of what’s inside here.

The pictures below are used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Zen Chi Quilt for AllPeopleQuilt October 2015 featuring Reel Time fabricsZen Chi Quilt for AllPeopleQuilt October 2015 featuring Reel Time fabricsZen Chi Quilt for AllPeopleQuilt October 2015 featuring Reel Time fabrics

MODERN PATCHWORK MAGAZINE and FOR YOU

Dienstag, 23. Juni 2015

Modern patchwork summer 2015 for you ZEN CHIC I’m more than thrilled to hold the new issue of Modern Patchwork and see the Bouncing Balls wall hanger, made from my new line FOR YOU with MODA on the cover – yeah, it’s a cover girl!

The pattern uses a drunkard’s path block. It requires a layer cake and some solids. You will sew 36 blocks and each of the blocks uses one layer of the 42 fabric swatches of a layer cake (so you’ll have some left overs for a pillow). The large circles show the different fabric designs beautifully – don’t sew this quilt with just blenders, use your most favorite prints and let them show up. Since my fabric line has a wide variety of colors I could use that for my advantage and build a gradient from warm to cool. I filled the background of the circles with solids supporting this gradient.

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Patchwork Summer 2015 FOR YOU by ZEN CHIC

Modern Patchwork Summer 2015 FOR YOU by ZEN CHIC

By the way – since this spring I’m designer for a quilting motif company and create some quilting designs which you can buy online – either as a stencil or as a paper or digital pattern for a longarm machine. The loops in the circles and the scissors are both my motifs for www.quiltingcreations.com. You will find more of my quilt motifs like glasses or TVs there…

Modern Patchwork Summer 2015 FOR YOU by ZEN CHIC

Modern Patchwork Summer 2015 FOR YOU by ZEN CHIC

Modern Patchwork Summer 2015 FOR YOU by ZEN CHIC

The magazine is now available at your newsstands. Enjoy!

and the winner is…

Freitag, 8. Mai 2015

winner giveawayCongratulations to last weeks giveaway. We celebrated a new compilation book from Martingale called Quick Change, Refresh a Room fast with Quilted Bed Runners. Thirteen gorgeous bed runners designed by some very talented quilt designers are featured in this book.

And the lucky winner is LISA MARIE! Congratulations! I will contact you via email.

sTYLE aND sWING – sTYLISH hANDBAGS BOOK

Dienstag, 5. Mai 2015

A couple of days ago I received a new book about handbags, written by Susan Dunlop and published by Martingale.

Susan has used my fabric lines Juggling Summer and Comma for some of her bags and was so kind to send me a copy.

Everyone from beginners to experts can create an assortment of modern, practical projects for gifts or personal use. Start with a simple, elegant handbag and progress to more challenging designs; skill-level ratings are included.
The book includes step-by-step illustrated patterns for 12 attractive projects in a variety of shapes and styles: A pleated clutch, market bag, satchel, and wallet
It also includes resource info and comprehensive how-to techniques; learn about tools, fabric prep, interfacings, linings, and purse hardware and the detailed instructions show you clearly the how-to.

I hope you enjoy the eye-candy as much as I did.

 

style and swing 9

 style and swing 1 style and swing 8

style and swing 2 

style and swing 3 

style and swing 4 

style and swing 5 

style and swing 6

Quick Change Blog hop and Giveaway

Freitag, 1. Mai 2015

Quick-Change-blog-hop
About a year ago Martingale invited me to be a part of a new compilation book called Quick Change, Refresh a Room fast with Quilted Bed Runners. Thirteen gorgeous bed runners designed by some very talented quilt designers are featured in this book and I felt very honored to be one to contribute to the book.


martingale Quick Change bedrunner compilation book
We celebrate the new book with a blog hop and a giveaway and the designers will be sharing details about their runners, Q&A style.


What inspired your bed runner?
It must have been Pinterest (what else) where I once spotted a black and white wall art with lines of irregular triangles. I see instantly fabric or quilt patterns in inspirations and in that one I could imagine how easy to piece it must be – wonky cuts and no matching points. Sounds like fun.

Quick Change Zen Chic detail
Zen Chic Quick Change
And my line FIGURES gave me the perfect shades of navy, aqua and white linen. BTW: this quilt has been sewn and quilted by a friend of mine, Martina Ludwig. It’s great to have helping friends with such skills!


Do you have other favorite projects from Quick Change?
I love Winding Roads by Megan Jimenez of Quilt story for its design and the beautiful fabrics “Color Me Happy” from Vanessa Christenson. it’s the one on the book title above.


What does the master bedroom of your dreams look like?
Ohhh, which of all the favorite pictures should I pick for you????  In general it is a minimalist (how could it be otherwise), modern, clean and Scandinavian designed bedroom with lots of light and air to breath and feel free.

scandinavian bed room zen chic
 Image via Pinterest

One lucky winner will get an eBook version of Quick Change, which Martingale will kindly give away. For a chance to win, all you need to do is enter through the give away form below!

Follow the Quick Change blog hop for fun designer Q&A’s. You will even have more chances to win the eBook!
Tuesday, April 28: Blog-hop kickoff at Stitch This!
Wednesday, April 29: Kimberly Jolly and Jocelyn Ueng at Fat Quarter Shop
Thursday, April 30: Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez at Quilt Story
Friday, May 1: Brigitte Heitland at Zen Chic
Saturday, May 2: Heidi Pridemore at the Whimsical Workshop Studio
Monday, May 4: Amanda Leins at Mandalei
Tuesday, May 5: Doug Leko at Antler Quilt Design
Wednesday, May 6: Audrie Bidwell at Blue is Bleu
Thursday, May 7: Stephanie Prescott giveaway via Facebook


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