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.


QUILT NOW - a modern quilt magazine

Donnerstag, 30. November 2017

Quilt Now Issue 43 arrived recently at newsstands. A copy of this modern quilt magazine dropped into my mailbox as a reference sample. Oh how excited I was to stroll through the pages and find so many Zen Chici things here and there. The main reason I got the reference sample was, that they feature an interview with me. A designer portrait, Q&A style. So lets stroll together through the magazine, shall we? Grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy place and let's have a bit fun:

QUILT NOW ISSUE 43 comes with a bonus booklet

What's very exciting about the current issue is: There is a little bonus booklet attached to it. It is a calendar for quilters and I will go with you through that little helper later in this post.
Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Let's have a look


and see what the content pages have to offer:
Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Besides the typical pages like NEWS or ON THE BOOKSHELF we find a section TECHNIQUE FOCUS, a detailed tutorial for how to make a Dresden Plate Block. And to make it even more exciting it is followed by a project to train your new gained skills, a pillow using this block.

What other projects will you find? I counted instructions for 6 quilts, 2 pillows, 3 pouches, 1 bag and 3 baby toys (hope I am right). Some of them are even for English Paper Piecing fans (don't you love to snuggle up on a couch with a cup of tea, wintery cold outside, cozy warm indoors, having a hand sewing project and your favorite TV series? Another expression for heaven).

Here are two of my favorite projects
Kerry Green's vintage-style floor cushion (I have to make one!)

Quilt Now issue 43 EPP quilt pillow

and Lynnes Goldworthy's supersize Mariner's Compass quilt (70" x 70")

Quilt Now issue with super sized Mariner's Compass

Another interesting section in Quilt Now magazine are the


Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Three pages point out special occasions to get discounts or win a giveaway like quilt kits, fabric baskets, books, fabric and thread bundles, fleece and a cutting mat. The worth of these prizes to win is more than $1.000.
And you get a free Riley Blake Fat Quarter bundle for a Quilt Now subscription.

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

What I was of course most excited about, was the


You know, I am a lover of Scandinavian Design and minimalism, and so I was interested in reading Katie Garnet's article about how has Scandi chic translated into the region's quilting style?  Strolling through the pages, I discovered my fabric lines TRUE BLUE and FRAGILE in the section Favorite Fabric Finds of the Month.

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

And not only the swatches were shown, no: TWO quilts featuring the collection TRUE BLUE are in this magazine with complete instructions. I'm totally in love with these two quilts made by Naomi Clarke. Both of them are English paper pieced. Don't they look just gorgeous?

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

And then there is a


a Q&A-style interview, which I had with Quilt Now. It's about how what is on my sewing table, what collections I will have in 2018, Christmas gift ideas, tips for making a modern quilt.
Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

Quilt Now issue 43 featuring Zen Chic

I feel totally honored to be so well represented in this magazine issue.
And last, but not least back to the little


It is basically a diary for quilters. A 2018 calendar, with one month per page and mixed in 12 quilt blocks with detailed instructions.
Quilt Now issue 43 bonus quilter's diary

Quilt Now issue 43 bonus quilter's diary

This is so much fun, so I thought one of you should have it. I will give this little booklet away,
Quilt Now issue 43 bonus quilter's diary

So if you want to have it, leave a comment and follow me either on my blog or on Instagram. Let me know, what quilt project is on your 2018 planner (and don't forget to leave your email address, so I can contact you).

I hope you had fun sitting next to me on my cozy couch, having a coup of tea and a look into this magazine!

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