Dear reader, this blog was a nice place for quite a while to share my thoughts and stories. Meanwhile I got a new website and so I continue writing on my new's site blog.


Thank you.

Liebe Leserin, dieser Blog war für lange Zeit ein sehr netter Ort, meine Gedanken und Geschichten mit dir zu teilen. Inzwischen habe ich eine neue Website erstellt und werde jetzt den Blog dort fortsetzen.


und: "Danke!"

Frühlingserwachen Bloghop, a table topper with cupcake mix recipe 1

Montag, 26. März 2018

Als mich Judith zum

Frühlingserwachen Bloghop 

einlud, hab ich gerne zugesagt. Hab ich doch immer sehr viel Spaß mit meinen Quiltfreundinnen von den Modern Cologne Quilters.

Ein bisschen hin- und herüberlegt hab ich schon, was mir denn zum Frühlingserwachen so einfällt, und dann fiel es mir wie Schuppen aus den Haaren: Mensch, was könnte mehr frisch und zart sein, als die bunten Low Volumes, die da grade frühlingsfrisch in meinem Regal stehen: Modern Backgrounds Colorbox!

When I got the invitation from Judith to be part of her Spring blog hop I happily said YES, OF COURSE (you know I love my quilt buddies from the Modern Cologne Quilters)!
I was pondering what to talk about as my Spring subject, when it hit me: what could be more representing Spring than a fresh and light colorful low volume collection? Freshly from my shelves: Modern Backgrounds Colorbox!

Mein Projekt, eine kleine 60 cm x 60 cm große Tischdecke, braucht 3 Ingredienzien und ist im Nu gemacht:
1 Charmpack COLORBOX
1 Charmpack weißer Uni (oder einfach 70 cm weiße Meterware, aufgeteilt in 36 Quadrate 5" x 5")
1 Cupcake Mix Recipe No 1 (das ist ein Produkt entwickelt von Carrie Nelson für Moda, ein Block von Papieren, genau abgestimmt auf Charmpacks, mit denen das exakte Nähen schnell und einfach gelingt).

My project, a 24" x 24" small table topper, needs just 3 ingredients and is made in the blink of an eye:
1 Charmpack COLORBOX
1 Charmpack white solid (or 3/4 yard of a white solid, cut in thirty-six 5" x5" squares)
1 Cupcake Mix Recipe No 1 (a product developed by Carrie Nelson for Moda, perfect for the use of Charmsquares making sewing accurately quick and fun).

Im Grunde näht man jeweils 1 Druckstoff und einen einfarbigen Stoff nach den Anweisungen auf dem Papierblock und schneidet sie dann in große und kleine Dreiecksblöcke, die man beliebig zusammensetzen kann. Das hat mir irre Spaß gemacht und hat auch nur einen Nachmittag gedauert, präzise Ergebnisse sind garantiert.

What you basically do is to piece a print and a solid with the foundation paper, cut them in smaller and larger half-square-triangles and set them together in a layout you like. It's tons of fun, took me only one afternoon and precise results are guaranteed.

Schaut auch mal bei all den anderen Blogs vorbei, bei denen der Frühling so grade erwacht. Judith hat jede der Mitbloggerinnen mit einer kleinen, liebevollen Beschreibung auf ihrem Beitrag vorgestellt. Mit dabei in diesem Bloghop sind:

hop over and check out what the other sewing buddies are doing:

Mini-Charm Book by Martingale: 17 quick projects for a small budget - Giveaway

Mittwoch, 28. Februar 2018

You may have heard about the Martingale sampler book "MODA-ALL-STARS". Curated books about mostly a precut fabric format with projects from the Moda designer stars. We talked already about Bed Runners, Log Cabins and Mini Quilts.
Today's subject are the Moda precuts Mini-Charms.

You know that this package contains 42 fabric cuts of one collection, each 2 1/2" square. Such nice gifts to bring with you to your group or quilt buddy, like a sweet candy, only less calories, haha!

You might have got one or wonder what to do with the little packages - There are lots of ideas, 17 beautiful little projects, that you can sew quickly and save money. From cute wall hangers over table runners, book case and pillows: Martingale's MINI CHARM QULITS will make your fingers itching...

Let's have a sneak peak through the book:

Have you recognized your favorite designer's fingerprint? And are your fingers itching too? I think I would like to make that beautiful journal cover.

My contribution to the book is the Wonky Pinwheel Pillow in True Blue. The scrappy fabrics on a calm background look nearly as they would be rotating.

In the book you’ll also find revealing Q & As with each designer—it’s what makes each book in the “Moda All-Stars” series extra fun.

Together, the designers are donating royalties from the book’s sales to benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity. The group’s mission says, “A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.”


You have the chance to win a digital copy of MINI CHARMS QUILT. All you have to do is to tell me, what kind of mini project you would like to sew ( a pillow, mug rug, pincushion, pouch...)
Giveaway will be open until the Sunday evening.



I realized that I totally forgot to announce the winners of our Jolly Bar Giveaway. You had the chance to win a Fatquarter exclusive Jolly Bar of Modern Backgrounds Colorbox.

And the lucky winners are



Please send me your postal address, so the Jolly Bars can find their way to you.

Giveaway - Win a Jolly Bar of Colorbox

Mittwoch, 14. Februar 2018

I am so exited to have this Valentine's special for you: a gift from Fatquartershop for you. They generously and kindly give a Jolly Bar of Modern Backgrounds Colorbox away to 3 lucky winners! Jippie!


For those of you who are not yet familiar what COLORBOX is: it is my new line of low volume fabrics. They come printed on white, eggshell and linen cloth and are subtle textures in all colors of the rainbow. A wonderful background fabric and fantastic companion to all projects using scraps or solids. You can read about it here or here.

Today I am happy to announce that you can

win a Jolly Bar from Fatquartershop

There are lots of cool projects you can make with this 5" x 10" precut format. But give you a starting point: here is a pattern, which fatquartershop made with the COLORBOX Jolly Bar.

And these are the prints, which you will find in your Jolly Bar

For your chance to win, please let me know in the comments

What would YOU sew from these low volume prints, what would you make from a Jolly Bar?

I'm curious about your ideas (Don't forget to give me your email address, so I can contact you in case you are the lucky winner). Give-away is open until Friday night.

And if you are on Instagram - I'd love to have you as a follower there, this is the place where you get the most informations about news, ideas, and things going on at Zen Chic.

Good luck!


Freitag, 2. Februar 2018

I’ve got some exciting news about four new quilt patterns I’m making available through my website…

One of my favourite things is being able to share my new creations with the world, so I’m super excited to announce that my new “COLORBOX” collection of fabrics will hit stores very soon!

To celebrate, I’m showcasing the 4 brand-new “COLORBOX” quilt patterns through my website. These patterns are absolutely PERFECT for the new fabrics, and not only that,

for 3 days only you can get a huge saving on any pattern of your choice!

The regular price per pattern would be $11.95 
“Celebrate COLORBOX” Multi-Buy Offer*
Buy any 2 patterns, get a 15% discount (use coupon COLORBOX2)
Buy any 3 patterns, get a 25% discount (use coupon COLORBOX3)
Buy any 4 patterns, get a 35% discount (Best Deal!) (use coupon COLORBOX4) 

*offer expires at Sunday, 4th of February 2018 12pm PDT


Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century

Montag, 15. Januar 2018

Let’s talk about a new book release:

MODERN QUILTS, Designs of the New Century. 

This is a fascinating collection of modern quilting put together by Riane Menardi, Heather Grant and Alissa Height Carlton.
I am proud to be not only part of the blog tour for the Modern Quilt Guild's new book. A book with amazing photos of more than 200 quilts curated by the Modern Quilt Guild.

I am also very proud to have a quilt in the book. My quilt ON THE BALL was part of the QuiltCon exhibition 2017 in Savannah and is now appearing in the book. You will find the sewing instructions for this quilt in my own book Zen Chic Inspired.

There are so many great examples of Modern Quilts put together, so get your copy of the book to see all the pieces. 100% of the royalties earned from the book go to the Modern Quilt Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Don’t miss out to explore the wonderful artists contributing with their work by following the blog hop. Tomorrow Stacey Sharman from Hello Stitch Studio will talk about her contribution.

12/13/17 Amber Corcoran Fancy Tiger Crafts
12/14/17 Heidi Parkes Heidi Parkes Arts
12/15/17 Melissa Cory Happy Quilting
12/16/17 Penny Gold Studio Notes
12/18/17 Shruti Dandekar 13 Wood House Road
12/19/17 Amy Friend During Quiet Time
12/20/17 Paige Alexander Quilted Blooms
12/21/17 Angela Bowman Angela Bowman Design
12/22/17 Lysa Flower Lysa Flower
12/27/17 Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Whole Circle Studio
12/28/17 Jacquie Gering Tall Grass Prairie Studio
12/29/17 Christa Watson Christa Quilts
12/30/17 Heather Black Quilt-achusetts
1/2/18 Kristin Shields Kristin Shield Art
1/3/18 Krista Hennebury Poppy Print Creates
1/4/18 Cinzia Allocca Deux Petites Souris
1/5/18 Suzanne Paquette Atelier Six Design
1/6/18 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl
1/9/18 Ben Darby Hunts Patch Quilts
1/10/18 Nicole Daksiewicz Modern Handcraft
1/11/18 Kristi Schroeder Initial K Studio
1/12/18 Kathy York Art Quilts by Kathy York
1/13/18 Marla Varner Penny Lane Quilts
1/15/18 Brigette Heitland Zen Chic
1/16/18 Stacey Sharman Hello Stitch Studio
1/17/18 Stacey O’Malley SLO Studio
1/18/18 Kim Soper Leland Ave Studios
1/19/18 Steph Skardal Steph Skardal Quilts
1/20/18 Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
1/22/18 Shea Henderson Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
1/23/18 Katie Larson Katie Larson Studio
1/24/18 Katie Pedersen Sew Katie Did

And the Winner is...

Freitag, 8. Dezember 2017

The winner of our Quilt Now 2018 diary from the last post is....


Anne-Mette, who said:
So much inspiration. I follow you on Instagram. My plans for 2018 are to finish some ufos and I would love to make a modern quilt in blue and black just for me.



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