Why I hate this Quilt Market thingamajig…

Dienstag, 28. April 2015

pssst, SHE doesn’t know it. SHE would be anyway to busy to notice it. But well – I really hate these days.

SHE becomes so neglecting. Cuddling hours going to zero. Food only after the second loud and clear demand. And I am still so supportive…

It all starts when this car stops in front of our door – and I watch out for it!

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds01  Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds26

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds25The guy drags heavy boxes in my home and SHE freaks out with joy, jumping around as if SHE would have found an unsealed and open XXL-cat-food package. Then SHE disappears with all the stuff for hours into her studio and I hear HER singing, and working until late night. I mean, let me check that box – are there any drugs in????

All I could find were such odd bundles, who knows what those are for… Human beings are weird, aren’t they…







Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Moda

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Moda

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds ModaAlthough I don’t get the point what HER hype is all about, it seems to be something you can play with. At least SHE can spend hours and hours with that kind of thing. I mean – ok, it’s comfortable to dive into this watchamacallit fabric, but I prefer to have just a nap on the spread out scraps.

FOR YOU by Zen Chic for Moda

BTW – does SHE even get the point what playing is all about – having fun, chasing and throwing things around. When I watched HER the other night, when SHE were on HER knees seeming to have all the burden of the world on HER shoulders while pondering which of HER snippets should go where – OMG, look at that – this was her sad result. I mean PLAYFUL, baby?????

Zen Chic collection FOR YOU, pattern  Octo, Moda

I was so sorry for HER. Out of pity for HER miserable outcome I took heart and thought, let me assist HER a bit, so SHE can feel better. I brought all that stiffness out and made a good example for what we call having fun!

ollection FOR YOU, pattern  Octo, Moda

Yes, that was really supportive!

I think I should teach HER more of this good stuff. Living la vie en rose instead of waking up with dark circles around the eyes due to last night’s overtime hours. Relax, baby! There is more in life than working hours!

Let’s see what SHE is doing right now… Going outdoors to take pictures from her latest whatsit.

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Moda

What could this be good for?

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds moda

no clue…

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Moda 
perhaps something interesting underneath….

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 Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds moda 
This is just a perfect place to relax and bask in the sun. Well, if I am only a shining example – maybe SHE will follow and find insights about the most important things in life…

Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Moda
There SHE goes! That wasn't so hard, was it?

designer-blog-takeover_250x250I’m curious about what my colleagues have to report about all the other weird Moda freaks,  hopping over today to

Kathy Schmitz

Vanessa Christenson

Laundry Basket

Basic Grey


Freitag, 24. April 2015

Thank you for all your encouraging and wonderful comments cheering me up in creating quilting fabrics. It means more to me than I can tell!

Everyone has great ideas and good reasons to get a Reel Time Layer Cake, but I can just send out one. So the randomly drawn winner is


  Nancy, who said “I have never purchased a layer cake, but have recently seen patterns that I would love to make. Love the graphic designs in your fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win !”

Congratulations Nancy, I will contact you to get your address.




In case you need an idea what you could do with such a Layer Cake: here is one of my patterns featuring a Layer Cake from Reel Time, it’s called Fan-Tastic! It’s available through several online shops as for example Fatquartershop.com

Quilt pattern Fantastic by Zen chic

Fantastic by Zen Chic

Fantastic by Zen chic

Reel Time by Zen chic

Reel Time Blog Tour ending with a Giveaway

Montag, 20. April 2015

I so enjoyed all the brilliant ideas and projects of the well-known bloggers contributing to this blog tour and I hope you did too!  Here is a collage of all the ideas the came up with

.reeltimeblogtour Zen Chic

The bloggers were

Lily’s quilts, Lynne Goldsworthy    www.lilysquilts.blogspot.com
A quilt is nice, Nettie Peterson    www.aquiltisnice.blogspot.com
Kitchentablequilting, Erica Jackman    www.kitchentablequilting.com
Diary of a quilter, Amy Smart    www.diaryofaquilter.com
Freshly pieced, Lee Heinrich    www.freshlypieced.com
Modern Handcraft, Nicole Daksiewicz    www.modernhandcraft.com
Lucky Lucille, Rochelle New    www.luckylucille.com
Live.love.create, Kelly Smith    www.craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com
A spoon full of sugar, Lisa Cox    www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

I’m super happy about having had these cool girls on board and looove what they gave as eye-candy. I hope this all inspired you to own sewing projects and gave you lots of ideas how to play with the new fabric line.

One lucky winner will have the chance to start at one with her project: You will get a REEL TIME layer cake.

The winner will be drawn randomly at Wednesday. To have a chance to win please leave a comment and let us know, why you think you need that Layer Cake or what you will do with it.



Reel-Time-Zen-Chic layer cake



Zen Chic’s Brand new modern Fabrics – Reel Time - COMING TO STORES NOW

Freitag, 10. April 2015

REEL TIME blog tour, Zen Chic modern fabrics

Since the first sneak peek of REEL TIME  last fall a lot of you were asking and already impatiently awaiting the new fabric line coming to stores. Good news: this month they will arrive in most of your favorite shops!

To celebrate the new line let me introduce the lovely fabrics by a blog tour. I am supported by a wonderful group of well known modern quilters who have inspiring blogs which you will love (if you aren’t already their passionate follower).

Each of them will give you their personal review of the fabrics, how they would play with them, what ideas they were inspired by – and some already revealed to me that they will show you a little project!
Doesn’t this sound too good to miss! I can’t wait to see, what they came up with! (I’m always not only curious about but also delighted to see, in which way other quilters use the fabrics I created once on my computer screen. They come to life and they make beautiful things – quilts, bags, a girl’s dress, a nice gift. I’m so blessed with a profession that is much more, it’s a passion!

To get to the point: here is our schedule for the blog tour. Don’t miss to hop over to every one and see their personal view and ideas with the fabrics. I promise you’ll get some delicious ideas.

11. April Lynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quilts www.lilysquilts.blogspot.com
12. April Nettie Peterson from A quilt is nice www.aquiltisnice.blogspot.com
13. April Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting www.kitchentablequilting.com
14. April Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced www.freshlypieced.com
15. April Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter


16. April Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft www.modernhandcraft.com
17. April Rochelle New from Lucky Lucille www.luckylucille.com
18. April Kelly Smith  from Live.love.create, www.craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com
19. April Lisa Cox from A Spoon full of Sugar www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

Come back on the end of this tour, on the 20th of April, for a chance to win some fabrics and a pattern, I will host a giveaway.

Write on White, Zen Chic, reel time, moda

Modern Craft and Sewing Room

Montag, 26. Januar 2015

room to create, zen chic

As a designer for modern fabrics and for quilt patterns I was recently invited to be featured in the premier issue of ROOM TO CREATE. It is a brand-new magazine, which inspires with craft spaces of women. All sorts of crafts – paper design, sign making, fine art, styling, scrapbooking, sewing and – yes, quilting!

Here is a sneak peek of the fresh magazine brimming with eye-candy and organizing tips

Room to Create, Zen ChicRoom to create, Zen chicRoom to create, Zen chicRoom to create, Zen chic

If you want to have some valuable tips how to decorate and organize your craft room, be inspired by other women and how they run their business, get your copy at the newsstands now!

Now – here are two big chances for you!   

1 You are invited too! If you think you have an inspiring craft room and some organizing tips to share:

contact the magazine at roomtocreatemag@gmail.com if you want to submit your craft rooms/studios/ateliers to them for consideration! The magazine needs your contact information, blog name and URL and some pictures of the room. They are also now considering smaller spaces - like a wall, a craft closet, a great cabinet, etc.

2 this is a giveaway – So for your chance to win a copy of this beautiful issue, please forward this blog post to a friend who

might be interested in contributing to the new magazine either with her craft room or with a smaller space. Thank you!

Sew Together Bag in REEL TIME fabrics

Dienstag, 20. Januar 2015

Sew Together Bag Reel Time, Zen Chic

Our MQG met for literally sewing together a bag, the SEW TOGETHER BAG from SewDemented (pattern available at craftsy). Of course I would sew this bag with my new upcoming line REEL TIME, expected to be in stores in April. I was so eager to make that bag, that I had already cut all pieces days ahead and on Sunday morning I packed my car (including heaving the heavy machine into the car, preparing lunch and so on).
Started by worrying about the snow falling densely, but still hoping I can make it on the street. At this point I have to admit that my car don’t have the legally prescribed winter tires (I use the car only randomly and can go for groceries by feet, in case it’s snowy). But just that day I was not able to get a bus on Sunday morning to bring my machine, may iron and all my sewing supplies to the house where our meeting was ;-(
Slippery road conditions forced me not to drive any further and to turn back to my home.

But hey – we live in a world of tele-communication: I sewed at home and exchanged pictures with my group back and force via What’s app. So fun!

And here is my bag, some pics of the process:

Sew Together Bag, Reel Time, Zen chic

Sew Together Bag, Reel Time, Zen chic

Sew Together Bag, Reel Time, Zen chic

Sew together bag, Reel Tiem, Zen chic

This little red clips are really helpful when “pinning” stiff and fused fabrics together. 

Sew together bag, Reel Tiem, Zen chic

The finished bag is a birthday present for my daughter, who is a passionate artist, drawing with pencils. As a biological scientist she draws amazing illustrations of all kinds of research objects.

The bag’s outside is pieced together from a Mini-Charm Pack of REEL TIME and the inside is filled with all kind of specialty drawing pencils, rubber gums and so on. And as a little fun accessory the zipper got a miniature model figure ;-) 

Sew Together bag, Reel Time, Zen Chic

Sew together bag, Reel Time, Zen Chic

Can you spot what the binding fabric is saying? There’s written: GIVE ME A KISS I LOVE YOU. This happened coincidentally, but: hey, the words couldn’t have chosen better!
The inside with graphite lining in the pockets  

Sew together bag, Zen Chic, Reel Time

Sew together bag, Zen Chic, Reel Time

Moda Love blog-hop winner

Samstag, 13. September 2014

Thank you  everyone for coming along to my blog, for reading and commenting. Thank you for all the compliments on the new line Figures and the BIG PLUS pattern. I enjoyed every post here on the blog and on my facebook fanpage.
I can't wait to see some of your projects finished! I’m always glad if you send me pictures of what you have made out of my fabrics and will happily share it. I love FB’s possibility to just type in a quick note or just click on “like”, to let you know I got your line and to keep up with each other in an informal way!
May I share some more ideas for using the FIGURES line?
We have a great range of new patterns released accompanying these maritime prints. And as a special precut Moda made Honey combs for this line. So of course I created a Honey comb pattern:
Hexagon Brilliance Zen Chic FIGURES
This is an easy to sew pattern, since it allows you to join the hexagon shapes by your sewing machine. For those of you who love hand sewing you can of course use the English Paper Piecing method and piece by hand in a cozy chair watching your favorite TV show.
I mentioned that I’ll become a granny, but even before I got to know these wonderful news, I already had designed two baby-projects for young mums. Is that a coincidence???
Zen Chic Water World Friends Figures Dream big Zen Chic Figures
Little toys for little fingers and a baby blanket.
I have also some patterns for the FIGURES precuts:
Modern Retro uses a Layer Cake and has this really soft tone-in-tone numbers print as a background
Zen Chic Modern Retro Figures
as well does the pattern Playing with balls (do you remember my circle piecing method from the Moda Lab video?)
Zen Chic, Playing with balls Figures
and SYNCHRO.   Since Synchro needs only a half of a Layer Cake for the front, I created a reversible quilt, using the other half for the backside. So you have even two quits. Well, that’s a good use of one precut!
Zen Chic, Synchro, Figures
I love all the colorful tapes which you can use for craft projects, Washi-tapes is the name, isn’t it? And a Jelly Roll is the perfect material for making a kind of Washi-tape-quilt.
Mine is called TAPE IT
Zen Chic,Tape it, Figures
So I thought for all of you who participated in this blog hop and cheered my work up with your comments and results I will offer a
We have a 20% discount on all Zen Chic PDF patterns (the newest ones featuring the FIGURES line aren’t available as PDFs so far, except the Hexagon pattern – but we have lots of beautiful patterns using Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and more in the PDF-shop). For this sale use the coupon
through the end of Monday! This is the first sale we offer, we rarely do, so take advantage while you can!
So, now to our blog hop winner!
It is Frauke who said:
Congratulation to you becoming a grandma;-)
and thanks for the giveaway!
You still have to bring out a line of fabric I don’t like ;-))
The newest collection is soooo beautiful – again!!
Frauke, please send me your address so I can ship the fabric bundle to you!
Thank you all for participating – if you want me to keep informed about new fabric lines and patterns ( I will have out a new line in October called REEL TIME), please sign up for my NEWSLETTER

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