Mittwoch, 12. März 2014

Freitag, 28. Februar 2014

And the winner is...

…my randomly drawn winner is Jan, living in the Hills of Kentucky. Jan - please read this post and send me your email so I can send you your prize. I could figure out on your Blogger profile that you are a grandma with three daughters and seven granddaughters, and you are quilting together with your teenage grand girls. So I think in this household a fatquarterbundle of the modern Sphere prints will be used up at once :-)
To all the other lovely participants: Thank you so much for being my guests, reading my blog and taking your time to comment! I hope you enjoyed this blog hop and the inspiration from the different designers! I appreciate your encouraging words for my work always!

Donnerstag, 27. Februar 2014

Spell it with fabric – Moda Designer blog hop

Moda designer blog hop Spell it with fabric
Welcome to the SPELL IT WITH FABRIC Blog Hop! Have you followed all letters so far? If not then you really should go back to check out the ones you’ve missed. Today's posts will be the lasts but not the leasts: X & Z and “special characters”.

Barbara Brackman -
Zen Chic -
Gina Martin -

During this entire hop you not only have learned some fun things about all of us designers but you are also provided with all the letters of the alphabet as you go and enter to win some amazing giveaways in the process.

I wished my letter would have been B for Brigitte or just H for Heitland. But one had to find someone for Z I assume and seems I had to sacrifice with my ZEN brand ;-)
So my letter is....  Z. I guess it cannot get more challenging than that! There are so few words in the English language which begin Z, let alone words which would allow me to introduce you a little bit to my world. Luckily, my native German offers slightly more options, so I am going to treat you to a quick German lesson.

What are your initials? B. H.

My favorite quilt block- is of course now the Z-block from the Moda Alphabet, no question on this!

Z for Zen Chic
My favorite memory about school.... “Zehnerpause”, the recess which occurs around 10:00 a.m. in most elementary and secondary schools.

My favorite book, movie or television show starting with your letter… “Zufällig verheiratet” – “The Accidental Husband”, a romantic comedy. What’s not to love about a romantic comedy.

I love quilting because...
  “Zahlreiche Möglichkeiten” – numerous possibilities. I don’t think I will ever run out of ideas.

What if everyday was a holiday?...
“Zeit” – Time. I would have all the time in the world. And that’s a big dream for all quilters.

Lemon Halftone_fbIs there an object, tool or anything that you cannot work without?…
  “Zirkel” – a circle. You know, many of my designs use these curved shapes.

Do you have a quote or motto you live ( or work) by?…
  “Ziel” – goal. I love to work towards a goal.

Something I like...
“Zitronenlimonade” – lemonade

Somewhere I have been...
“Zürich” – Zurich

Somewhere I want to go
... “Zypern” – Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sunshine! Water!

Someone I know... “Zollbeamter” – custom official. Actually, I know my local custom official better than I care to. I often have to pick up shipments from America and pay customs duty.
To get the pattern for my favorite Z block, click here.

I made the Z out of the dotted print of my current collection SPHERE, a range of fabrics which has the sense of fresh, blue air, white clouds around a warming sun, whispering of Spring days just around the corner.

Sphere swatches
To give you the same feeling which inspired me I have a little eye-candy for you – a video. I prepared this video actually for my Quilt Market presentation which ended in a kind of disaster – don’t ask!
I ordered all the audio-video-equipment for a fortune and it wasn’t there in time!!!! Can you imagine! I mean I was refunded in the end, but what a disappointment, when preparing hours for hours and then your audience is eagerly waiting and you have – nothing, but two quilts in your hands and the courage to make the best from that situation.
Well – now you have the opportunity to see my presentation. It had to be scaled about nearly 10 min duration, but I guess most of you like it a little bit shorter. So just skip the intro ( a spectacular sphere metamorphose I borrowed from Ion Lucin) and jump forward to minute 2:40 when the actual fabric video starts.

Back to the essential of this blog post: Our giveaway! (YEAH!)

I hope you have got lots of ideas how to use all these fresh fabrics

Zen Chic quilts
and now maybe you would like to have your own FQB???? Do I hear: Yes, give me, pick me, here I am! What do I have to do to win?

Sphere FQB
To be into the drawings that will be held on the last day of the HOP on February 28 you just follow Zen Chic on facebook by becoming a fan and if you haven’t so far, subscribe to this blog. So I can keep you updated with all new info!

Montag, 24. Februar 2014

Charm Pack Cherry Fun


Charm Pack Cherry Zen Chic

So many lovely fabric collections at your quilt shop you just can’t resist. And then those appetizing charm packs in the shelves.
A quick and simple idea for a weekend project is always welcome – for a throw, a baby quilt or maybe with a thinner batting for a table cloth…
Voilà – fatquartershop gives you a free downloadable pattern using – as the name reveals – two charm packs and some solid. What I really love about: I can just buy my favorite collection in a bundle, I can even mix two related collections (one Charm Pack of each), I have a precut format which saves me lot of cutting time, the pattern is so easy and quick that I did the entire quilt in one weekend, it looks great although it is simple, all my charms of the bundle are used up, no waste here – this all summed up makes me to want sew another and another and another one: for the couch of my brother, for Mother’s Day, for the birthday of my best friend.

Spend about $30 for the top and a sewing weekend – and a nice quilt is ready – that’s perfect.
A nice group of designers is participating in this “pattern festival” and every designer will show you the quilt in  her current collection. Mine is SPHERE for Moda, a fresh, graphic and modern group with colors ranging from white, grey, blue, turquoise and teal to yellow.

Precuts and yardage from Sphere are already shipped to stores now.
 Zen Chic Sphere Charm pack
So where to get the miraculous pattern? Find the free download right here. Grab your assortment of fabrics, your ruler, rotary cutter and your cutting mat, and off you go.

Sphere fabrics Zen Chic

Zen Chic Sphere Charm Pack Cherry
Zen Chix Sphere Charm Pack Cherry

And tataaa! Here is the Sphere Charm Pack Cherry version!

Sphere Charm Pack Cherry

The backside of the quilt shows you how we used up some of the leftovers and added them to a piece of solid – so we have a kind of reversible quilt. We used an oll over pantho as quilting, a graphic rectangle spiral.

Zen Chic Sphere Charm Pack Cherry

For those of you, who are new to quilting and love to have some guidance – here is a wonderful video showing exactly step by step how simple to sew this quilt is.

You sew together all the squares and get – tataaaa! – your (Sphere) version of the Charm Pack Cherry quilt.


There are so many different appealing fabric groups available as Charm Packs – it will be hard to choose. But all make this pattern a success!

Charm Pack Cherry free pattern

Charm Pack free Pattern

Cham Pack free pattern  

I guess now your fingers itch just thinking about this – so why not click below to get a super deal? This week (only) Fatquartershop offers a 20% discount on all Charm Pack! (psst – spread this to your best friend)

Charm pack free pattern

Happy Quilting and Enjoy!

Donnerstag, 20. Februar 2014

Fatquatershop introduces SPHERE with an interview about my inspiration for this line


This is FatQuartershop’s introduction of my current line and all their Questions, my Answers ;-)

Zen Chic Quilt Market booth
picture source: Fatquartershop

Q: Tell us a little about the Sphere collection. What were you inspired by?
A: I often get inspired by images, objects, or even household items. In this case it was an assortment of china which caught my attention with its combination of blue, yellow, turquoise, and white colors. It gave me a springtime feeling, like when you see a bright blue sky dotted with white clouds and stretched over a field of daffodils. Or a dish of clotted cream on a table set with white linen and blue china. The mood is light and playful, the colors are clean and crisp, and the hues are clear and with medium weight. With these elements in place, I created a number of related designs that would work well together as a “fabric family”. I always aim to include a number of graphic designs in a variety of scales in my collections.

Zen Chic Sphere Inspiration board

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: Once I have an initial impulse for a collection, the design process often takes on a dynamic of its own. In the case of Sphere, the spacious and expansive quality of the color scheme soon sent me into outer space. I had visions of space shuttles and even the Milky Way. And in this way the designs for the Sphere came about. The circle became the dominant shape for the collection and gave rise to other designs base on round objects such as balls, dots, and so on. The mood and overall feel also contributed to the design process. It made me emphasize things that are light, breezy, or reminiscent of the sky in springtime. In this way the Wind Flower print was born.

Zen Chic Sphere inspiration

Zen Chic Sphere

Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A: I am currently exploring chalk on blackboard and related color schemes, because they seem to be popping up in all kinds of places these days. This is actually not a new color scheme for me, because as luck would have had it, I have used similar colors in previous collections and they turned out to become my favorite designs. I must have been somewhat ahead of a trend which is now catching up with me. So it is with a sense of great affirmation that I am now revisiting this particular color scheme to see what else one could do with it.

Zen Chic

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Sphere?
A: My quilt designs tend to have a close affinity to modern art, and therefore I am always pleased when quilts from my collection end up as the center piece of a room - either as a day cover for a bed or a wall hanging. But as a designer I am also mindful of my clients’ need to mix and match and I seek to give them a variety of fabrics which they can take in many different directions. Since the original impulse for “Sphere” was an assortment of china, it would lend itself especially well for a table setting, either as a table cloth or as quilted place mats with coordinated napkins. At the same time, the light and playful features of the collection make it also a great choice for children’s clothing.

Zen Chic quilts Sphere

Q: How do you describe your style and how has it evolved over the years?
A: My style tends to be elegant, sophisticated, and urban. My preference runs towards clean lines and a minimalistic pattern, to which I add a bit of playfulness so that it is not too severe. I have a tendency to create designs for stand-alone pieces, but since each collection has a large variety in scale and hues, my clients can take the fabrics in all kinds of directions. I am often pleasantly surprised by the creations they come up with. When I began designing I had a somewhat more traditional approach and was more focused on learning the craft for myself

Q: What is your most memorable quilt project to date?
A: It’s hard to pick just one. In each collection there is at least one which has become a favorite. There is the “London Tube” of the Juggling Summer collection, with its little bands of color that sparkle like jewels on an evening dress. Then there is “You Rule” of the Comma collection, where circles and stripes interact and create an unusually striking design. I will always have a special affection for this one! And more recently I created “Shine Through” for the Barcelona collection, where bright colors peek out from a dark background like hidden gems. A little bit like the hidden talents (and sometimes not so hidden!) talents of the many amazing quilters which I am meeting all over the world.


Zen Chic quilts

Montag, 17. Februar 2014

Moda Blog Hop – Spell It With Fabrics

Moda Blog hop

During our last Quilt Market the motto for all of us Moda Designers was SPELL IT WITH FABRIC. Each of us was assigned to a particular letter, which we designed a block for. At the end all blocks made a sampler quilt.

In this blog hop each designer will introduce her block, tell a bit of her story around this letter and provide you with the sewing instructions.
Following the entire blog hop will give you all the letters of the alphabet for a beautiful sampler quilt.

But even better – each of us has a goodie for you to win! Don’t miss you chance to have beautiful quality fabrics for a gorgeous new project!

Get your blocks, take your chance to win and learn more about the person behind the fabric line.

For the complete list of participating Designer blogs and blog hop information, visit Moda’s Spell it with Fabric page.

If you are following along and creating your very own Spell It with Fabric Quilt, be sure to add thebanner image to your sidebar and link it to

And we love you to share your progress and finished quilts using #spellitwithmoda with your choice of social media.

Start for the first blogs to visit today and hop over to

American Jane -
Aneela Hoey -
Bunny Hill -
Cotton Way -

I’m not a B – you will guess it – i’m the Z.
So stay tuned for a great bundle of new Sphere fabrics and find my giveaway on the 27th of February!

Sonntag, 5. Januar 2014

Aurifil tread box giveaway!!!

Zu Beginn dieses Jahres gibt es ein tolles Angebot: Gewinne jeden Monat eine Aurifil Fadenbox im Wert von $120.00! Nimm am Block des Monats teil, nähe einen Block, poste ihn auf Flickr in der Aurifil BOM Gruppe und du bist mit dabei. Aurifil wird jeden Monat einen neuen Block mit kostenloser Nähanleitung, Tipps fürs Nähen und Quilten vorstellen, alle Blöcke zusammen ergeben am Ende des Jahrs einen Sampler.
Jeder Block wird von einer bekannten Designerin/Designer vorgestellt, die über sich erzählen und viele Bilder über ihre Arbeit präsentieren.
Hey - ich durfte den Anfang machen, jipii! Schau gleich mal vorbei in den Aurifil News und lass dich inspirieren, vielleicht wird dies dein Monatsprojekt 2014!

We have here something super exciting for you! A MONTHLY Aurifil thread BOX giveaway, VALUE $120.00!!!!! Along with 12 free quilt block ideas and instructions from various talented designers (may I say so or is that self-congratulation since I am part of the group). You can sew along with Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Threads and set all the 12 blocks together at the end of the year to a beautiful sampler. Hop over to that blog post, make the block of the month, post it at the Aurifil flicker Group page here for your chance to win and get lot of tips from the popular Pat Sloan who curates this project over the year and the very talented long arm quilter Natalia Bonner from pieceNquilt.
Good luck, peeps!

EACH MONTH Aurifil will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of Pat Sloans Aurifil thread box as the  prize!

Aurifil DOM Zen Chic

This is my interview I had with Pat:

When was your FIRST quilt sighting? Did it inspire you to start quilting?

Zen Chic quilt inspiration

It was when I accidentally stumbled upon a book of Kaffe Fassett in a store. At that point I was already an experienced seamstress, but I had never heard of quilts before. These pictures sparked a desire to be able to make those quilts on my own.

Zen Chic first projects

Do you still have your first project you ever made? What was it?

My first patchwork project was a simple windmill table runner with half square triangles. I didn’t even know about something like a rotary cutter and cut out all triangle pieces with a pair of scissors. And I tried to get the seam as accurate as possible by placing two triangles on top of each other and feeding them through my machine. I think my technique back then was more like that of the American Pioneers. I gave this project to my mother who still uses it in her home.

Zen Chic what impresses me

When you go to a quilt show, what types of quilts are you drawn to?

There are two things I find irresistible: The one is skill in craftsmanship – no matter which style or fabrics the quilt has, an intricate quilting, a perfect piecing, an accurate appliqué has me oohing and aahing each time. The other thing is, of course, impressive modern design. It might be minimalist, or perfect choices of colors in a contemporary quilt that I find amazing.

This example shows my puzzle box quilt. Find a free tutorial on my blog CLICK HERE

love to design  

We all have parts of the process we ‘prefer’ more than others. What part of quilt making do you ‘Prefer’ most and why? And which the least and why?

The most exciting part of my quilt projects is the planning. I love to ponder ideas and enfold one of them, choose the perfect fabrics and measurements, design the top virtually on my computer screen, and I even love to do the math of planning this all. This is such an enjoyable part, since you can do a virtual quilt in a very short period of time, you can play with color variations, and if the result doesn’t please you, you can click onto DELETE and it won’t hurt as a failed sewn quilt would have done.

Pure quiltpattern Zen Chic 

The part of the process I like least is the binding. I don’t mind hand stitching of the binding after it has been sewn onto the quilt edge and I can listen to an audiotape while I work; but I really don’t care for the sewing of the quilt edge itself. The thickness of all layers and the relatively tight seam allowance make me always a little bit grumpy.

Zen Chic my family  

Did you have a career prior to making art, and what was it? Do you still do that career while having your design business? If you’ve always done art, did you do another type before quilt making?

I’d say I had a career in-between making art. I was always committed to be creative and studied Interior and Textile Design as a young woman. But life happened and I had three children, stayed at home for a while and worked at an office as an accountant to support my family and my creativity faded into the background. At the age of 40 I felt a deep desire to get this creativity back into my life and this was the time when I found quilting and got passionate about it.


What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown?

Actually I live in a very small town of Werther, Germany (20.000 pop) and there are not many spectacular things to visit. We have a little something and this is the famous flavor of the ice cream in our parlor here. People come from all over to get it and on hot summer days you will find a buzzing like in a beehive. That’s when I like to stroll to our market place and get myself a delicious scoop of ice cream.

Zen Chic triangle sewing  

Do you have a tip or trick to make your quilt making easier?

Today I sew my half square triangles much more efficiently and accurately, especially when I have to sew a whole bunch of them. I use the grid method. Now it’s just a piece of cake and I can do about 100 in just a bit more than one hour.

Zen Chic Aurifil thread

What are your 3 favorite colors of Aurifil thread?

 colors of Aurifil thread

That’s difficult to say. Of course, I could not manage without white, black, gray, or off-white. But that’s probably not what you wanted to know. My favorite colors? Actually I find the entire palette of intense hues very beautiful and well chosen; and whatever matches with my current collection soon becomes my favorite color. At the moment this means all the colors matching my new collection Sphere: blue, turquoise, and yellow.

Zen Chic Aurifil thread

I love also the new thread assortment especially created to accompany one of my newest patterns “Lemon Halftone”. Isn’t it just perfect, when you appliqué one project and you have all the colors in the perfect amount handy?

Zen Chic quilt pattern Lemon Halftone Sphere 

If you want the pattern also as quickly, you can get an instant download PDF here!buy-your-pdf-pattern

Zen Chic Studio   

What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it? 

I am happy to say that there is not one thing in my studio I would change. I did a make-over last winter, and now everything is exactly how I have always wanted it to be: an inviting and inspiring space, well organized with a place for everything I need, a large cutting island, fresh colors – in other words, it’s my dream studio

Zen chic quilt pattern Claritiy Barcelona 

If you could train with, or work with, or follow one person for a day… who would it be?

Naturally I have my idols among the Quilt-industy with whom I’d like to spend a day, because I would like to get to know their personality and their work methods. Denyse Schmidt has always been one of my idols and I would be really curious to spend a day with her.

WWC Quilters Zen Chic 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Since we have mentioned quilt idols, I think it is natural to have more than one role model or idol who inspires us in our work. There are so many interesting people, all with their own distinct artistic approach to quilt making. Just this past fall a new book has arrived on the marking featuring twenty interesting artists along with their workspace and their work. I was pleased and honored to have been invited to be part of this book; It is called simply “Quilters”.

Aurifil DOM 2014 Zen Chic Block

What woman inspired your Quilt Block? 

My quilt block is the block “Spools”. First of all, because it is easy to sew, since it can be done with Precuts (which I find very appealing), and secondly because it can be sewn in a traditional style as well as in a fresh and modern style.

Zen Chic Origins

Beyond that, I picked this block because the old spools reminded me of the woman to whom I owe my passion for sewing, namely my grandmother. When I was just a little girl she patiently showed me how to sew. I think it would make her really happy if she could see today how the seed which she had planted all those years ago has blossomed in such wonderful ways (the picture below is a drawing my daughter made for me as a memory of how I started sewing).


CLICK HERE to download the instructions for Chez Claire pattern


Zen Chic DOM Aurifl 2014

Zen Chic version of the Block of the Month – a table runner featuring the newest line Sphere.

Find more at

The very talented Natalia Bonner has a Machine Quilting tip for you each month. Natalia will be quilting the final top for the Aurifil Gallery in Milan Italy!

Visit Natalia at

We have had a few questions on Supply list. Since the blocks are being made as a mystery we can’t figure out a supply list in advance. We suggest you

buy 1.5 yd of a basic (like the cream the designers have) or use scraps
1/2 to 1 yd of 4 main fabrics (this will be more than you need but it’s stash building.. wink!)
then add in a sprinkling of your scraps ***************************

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EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block.. that person will receive a special Aurifil thread prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICKR PAGE CLICK HERE

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