Make your own appliquéd greeting cards

Samstag, 2. April 2016

Thread Painting was the subject we recently had at our MQG sewing day and I had so much fun, that I thought I should share it with you.
We had several books for inspiration. One of them displayed the idea of using the appliquéd motifs for a greeting card and I was hooked.

The process is easy: You trace a simple motif onto the rough side of Wonder Under or any similar fusible web. Cut it out roughly, iron the sticky side onto the wrong side of a cute print and cut the shape out exactly. Next you iron the fused shape onto a background fabric, mine was a blank white.

Once you are happy with how it looks you stitch around with a black thread. Don't panic - it's easier as you might think. Drop down the feed dogs on your machine and use a free motion foot. If you like you can use an embroidery stabilizer for the background fabric. I went without one, because I didn't bring one to our meeting.
With the black thread stitch around the shapes, this doesn't have to be too accurate, it's part of the style to look a bit random, and it looks even better if you do the round for a second time.

Since I decided to use them for greeting cards, I ironed my little embellished fabric squares onto freezer paper, then cut them out to the desired size. This helped me to get the fabric flat and stiff like paper.

Once they had the correct size, I glued them onto a card with a matching color (the freezer paper still on). I secured them by stitching all around with a ZigZag stitch, thread color matching.

For my cupcake card I even added a piece of paper saying "Happy Birthday". The colors of the envelopes pair well with the cards.

I had fun, you got that!
And I thought you might like to give this a try too.

Now, I can't copy the motifs I used from our inspiration books - buuuut: I can create some motifs especially for you!

So I have a download for you: 

I made 4 motifs for greeting cards and also a printable sheet to add some text to the cards. You can mix and match how you'd like. The cards show only sample fabrics, of course you choose your own favorites.

Aaaand I couldn't stop: I made 4 more motifs for the kitchen: You can use them to enhance your kitchen towels, your potholders, placemats or baby bibs.

Now have fun yourself thread painting!

Click the picture below or just go here to get your 8 thread painting templates.

Zen Chic's new collection FLOW just arrived in stores

Freitag, 18. März 2016

It's here - finally! The new fabrics are in and I'll keep you posted about some cool projects I've already seen from quilters.
But for today I made an overview about all fabrics.
I'm often asked: how do you come up with ideas, what is inspiring for you - mostly everything can be inspiring. Something simple like a drop of water, splashing. Can you imagine all the colors being reflected when you see a rainbow through makro-drops of water?
Flow as the name suggests is inspired by all things of water - but for me it is also the deeper meaning of the word. Being in my flow and creating, designing - this is my life!
So - enough said - a picture says more than 1000 words… here is some eye candy for you.


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Samstag, 13. Februar 2016

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Enjoy a happy quilting weekend!

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!

GIVEAWAY is now closed!

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


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 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!

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