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!"

And the winners are…

Mittwoch, 29. Mai 2013

there are some winners to announce here – drum roll….

We had a little goodie for those of you who connected with the new Zen Chic FB page by clicking the like button (well you can of course still click it and I would appreciate it).

And this lucky winner is: Nettie Hendricks (maybe the sister of Jimmy???). Please send me your address.

And we have even more to give away. As promised a scrap bundle of my newest line Barcelona. There are only some precuts of the line available in stores, the yardage is expected to be shipped to stores by September. So you will luckily get a kind of sneak peek of fabric.

Your comments made my heart sing and I was so glad to hear when people said: You really captured the flair of Barcelona with that line. Well, that’s what I intended :-)

I would like to give each and everyone such a scrap bag, but you know – you should live all in one place so I can send one huge parcel :-)

But at least I decided to increase the number of parcels to send from one to three and so we have three lucky winners here

Katherine from Sewmesomethinggood

Susan from Studioadventures

and Mamarazza from Nürtingen

I’m going to send you an email asking for the postal address.

Congratulations to these lucky winners! And a huge thank you to everyone who took the time and left a comment. There was lots of warmth and encouragement in your words, I appreciate all your loving and nice comments!!!


Zen Chic Quilt Market 2013 picture courtesy of Fatquartershop

Again something to win…

Montag, 27. Mai 2013

Kopie von Play a card_kWould you like to help me building up my new facebook business site for Zen Chic? Go to Zen Chic, klick the "like" button and win something for making "PLAY A CARD": 2 Charm Packs of Comma and a the sewing instructions for the quilt. Expires by end of tomorrow, 28th of May

New Zen Chic Quilt Patterns featuring Barcelona

Montag, 13. Mai 2013

Hi, this is me again. Christine of Last week I promised to come back for a reveal of Brigitte’s new patterns for Zen Chic.

During the last four weeks, almost all of our MQG Bielefeld members have been helping Brigitte to prepare for Spring Quilt Market 2013 in Portland. Along with her new fabric line for MODA,“Barcelona”, she designed seven brand new patterns. As these new fabrics arrive only shortly before quilt market, there’s not much time to get those quilts for her booth done. So we volunteered to piece some quilt tops. She still had to piece the backing, baste, quilt and bind all those quilts…

Last Saturday was our monthly MQGB-Sew-In and we had a big Show & Tell with all the quilts WE MADE FOR PORTLAND (o;
(Can you tell we are a tiny little bit proud to be part of this Quilt Market Crazyness…?!)

This is Brigitte with an appliqué quilt named “Clarity”

Brigittes Quilt 1

… details of her beautiful quilting:

Brigittes Quilt 1 Detail of Quilting

…and the final pattern cover (available just in time for Quilt Market):


Evelyne made this cute Baby Quilt Top – the first Baby Quilt Pattern Brigitte designed for a fabric line):

Evelynes Quilt

Brigitte chose this boy-ish quilt design that features cars and arrows.

Evelynes Quilt Detail Quilting

And this is the cover of “Child’s Play”, a beginner friendly quilt pattern.

Child's Play

This is Brigitte explaining “Thirtythree”, a quilt that uses the “Street Map” Prints of her fabric line “Barcelona”. She added the “magical number” 33 to the quilt as another hommage to Antoni Gaudí, who referred to #33 in his buildings repeatedly.

Brigittes Quilt 2

A close-up of her longarm machine quilting:

Brigittes Quilt 2 Detail of Quilting

And the final booklet cover of her pattern:


Ulrike made this gorgeous quilt top titled “Pure”:

Ulrike H. Quilt 2

Brigitte (and her partner Martin) added this stunning zig zag quilting…

Ulrike H. Quilt Detail Quilting

… that shows best on the backing…

Ulrike H. Quilt Detail Quilting on Back

… and the cover is to die for, isn’t it?!


There is a second Ulrike in our MQG who made this beautiful quilt (but could not be there on Saturday):

Ulrike S. Quilt

Brigitte added a spiraling quilting design and machine-bound this green beauty using a decorative stitch of her sewing machine.

Ulrike S. Quilt Binding

The Booklet Cover for “Quiet Haven”:

Quiet Haven

This rather straight line quilt top was made by me. Brigitte designed it as a wall hanging for a clearly structured office space.

Christines Quilt

To soften those straight lines and bold color contrasts, she chose a curvy-kidney-kind-of-quilting.

Christines Quilt Detail Quilting

And here is how she designed the final pattern cover photo:

Gray Matters

Last but not least, this is Brigitte again with another quilt: “Shine Through”, that was designed as an homage to Gaudí’s famous mosaics.


…she quilted it with a straight barcode design…

Shine Through Detail

… and made this stunning cover (my favorite…).

Shine Through

That’s the seven quilts we helped making for Spring Quilt Market. There were two more for US based Quilting Magazines that we can’t show you right now. For those two Christa (who wasn’t at the Saturday’s meeting either, so we have no picture of her) was the helping angel. As soon as these both quilts are published and at newsstands, we can catch up on showing them. That a grand total of nine quilts in 4 weeks. And although we helped piecing and appliqueing, Brigitte still had to make backings, baste them, quilt them on her longarm machine and bind them. I am totally impressed by all the efforts she puts into each new fabric and pattern line and the perseverance to get everything done in time. I love each and every pattern she designed (but then, I am biased, I guess…).

Which one is your favorite?!

Brigitte, have a nice and safe trip to Portland and back!
And don’t forget to bring back many memories and photos to share during our next monthly Quilt Talk!


P.S. Did you enter Brigitte’s Giveaway? There’s still time (until she gets back from Portland)…


Note from Brigitte: Thank you, thank you and did I already say THANK YOU my dear friends!!!! You know – I wouldn’t have managed everything in time without your help, and I’m very grateful I can rely on you all, your support and your skills. XOXOXO

All my bags are packed…

again, I’m waving to you all, standing in front of my door with four suitcases. Martin and I are heading off to our flight to Portland, and we are going to give our best to make a great show! YEAH! Wish me luck and I’m glad you like what I brought you this time ;-)

Talk to you soon when I’m back with a Quilt Market report…

Barcelona, the new fabric line for Moda

Dienstag, 7. Mai 2013

From guest blogger Christine Traub

Hi, I am Christine, I blog (irregularly) at Two years ago I read about Brigitte’s first booth at Quilt Market and soon discovered that she lives only 30 minutes away from me. Some months later we met in real life and she has since become a real friend. Together we founded a local Modern Quilt Guild and every now and then I enjoy helping her prepare for Quilt Market.

She is quilting up a storm for Spring Quilt Market right now and I’m honored that she asked me to introduce to you her new fabric line for Moda.

So without much further ado here is “Barcelona”:

Brigitte’s third fabric line for Moda is a homage to the city of Barcelona and one of it’s most famous citizens, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926). The great architect Gaudí found his main inspiration in nature and in geometric forms. He is considered as one of the masters of Catalan Modernism.

Park Guell Antonio Gaudi

Brigitte’s fabric line features colorful cathedral windows or tiles like Gaudi used so often in the Parc Güell

…street maps…


… multicolored stripes…

… bicolor dots and

…some prints that read like solids but that are slightly structured, called “rain in Spain”.

The colors range from black, gray, dark green, apple-ish green, blue, orange to off-white. Sparkled with hints of red and yellow. Perfect for quilt patterns that show off graduated colors.

In the last couple of weeks our modern quilt guild has become a group of little elves. Almost every one with a slightly advanced skill level helped piecing quilt tops following Brigitte’s newest pattern collection. Tune in next week for an overview of her brand new Zen Chic patterns that will be available just in time for Spring Quilt Market.

Here’s a little teaser:

Zen Chic shine through


So what do you think? We would love to hear what you think of “Barcelona”. What projects would you like to make from Brigitte’s newest fabric collection? Leave us a comment and we will draw a random winner of a bag full of scrap strips of “Barcelona” (by the end of May, when Brigitte will be back from Quilt Market). Brand new and months before Barcelona will be available at quilt stores (due Fall 2013).

See you next week for a reveal of Brigitte’s new patterns!

Happy Sewing!


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