The true test of a designer is someone who has their own sense of style. As soon as you see the quilt, you know who did it without even looking at the name. Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic is such a designer. And, her designs cross generations.
Case in point – Stitched Denim! This 65 inch square quilt is a perfect throw size and who doesn’t love 50 shades of blue???
London Blues reminds me of the subway tiles that are so popular now. What a dramatic statement – with plenty of room to show off some machine quilting! I can’t wait to see it at Market!
Blue Labyrinth is a stunning take on a half log cabin block. By making the “logs” different widths, it almost gives the illusion of curves.
And then there is Groovin’ – a modern take on the arcs of a traditional wedding ring.
She has also written two booklets – The Basic Series. Each one has a variety of projects that focus on a specific technique. Log Cabin Fun explores her take on this oh so traditional block!
All of these are due to arrive later this month so order them now!
In The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook, Sylvia Schaefer explains the concept of negative space in eight key ways. These simple techniques turn any traditional quilt into a modern version – and I love them all! Here are just a few examples…
This is a book whose time has come! Scrap quilts with a more modern twist!
After all, modern quilters have stashes too – and look what Kelly Young has done with them! This is a case of a picture is worth a thousand words.
I love them all….. and they are all created with a new technique referred to as “improv piecing”. This is how they describe it:
Welcome to structured improvisation, where there’s a plan in place but still plenty of room to play! Structured improvisation is perfect for using fabric scraps quilters have on hand–everything works and anything goes. Learn three methods for sewing rectangles, squares, strips, and even oddly shaped fabric pieces together; then use the resulting blocks or panels in a dozen dazzling step-by-step quilt patterns. Start by working with just one color at a time to get the hang of improv piecing; then progress to mixing colors and prints in beautiful, colorful quilts that will give a home to every scrap that quilters have ever saved. Efficient use of fabric scraps; even tiny scraps can be sewn into bigger blocks. Close-up, step-by-step photos illustrate how to master 3 approaches to improv piecing.
This book is due to arrive next month. Don’t you want to give it a try?
I love everything from Zen Chic. And her latest patterns, due to arrive next month, are stunning! She manages to bridge that gap between traditional and modern – and combines her designs with exquisite quilting that highlights her design perfectly. I made these images as large as possible so you could see the detail.
Her eye for detail is breathtaking! Don’t you already want to add these to your bucket list for the holidays, 2018?
Learning how to choose fabrics from your stash – which crosses fabric collections – is an art that can be learned by following Tonya’s simple sorting techniques. After all, we know that when scraps are combined effectively, you achieve the results featured in her projects. The photographs speak for themselves!
Whether you love the look of traditional or modern quilts, this book covers the spectrum of spectacular! Start organizing your scraps today.
I love it when a best selling book and a new line of tools can be showcased together for a perfect class! Angela Walters wrote Free-Motion Quilting and it has been in the top 20 ever since! She shows how to machine quilt on a domestic machine. Her techniques and designs are fresh and creative and a favorite of the Modern Quilt movement.
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Many of her designs can be created with the following templates. Accents in Design has created a line of quilting tools that are cut from 1/4″ thick acrylic with laser scored lines that increase the design possibilities dramatically. Finger grips are placed 2 1/2″ apart so they are easy to manipulate but they stay in place when pressure is applied thanks to the resistance strip centered on each tool. These tools work on any machine – long arms or domestic machines and are available in several shapes and sizes.
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It isn’t often that I am totally enamored by a new designer – but that is the case with Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful! Her quilts encompass all of the features showcased in this age of the “Modern Quilt” – large prints, solid colors, undefined blocks, movement, and larger pieces. But the traditionalist in me is drawn to them because there is some “oomph” to these projects! They are constructed with a new curved ruler which creates symmetrical curves – which fulfills my need for balance – and is a learning opportunity! AND, my 24 year old daughter loves them as much as I do.
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These patterns are beautifully done so I am going to shut up now and let her work speak for itself….
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Urban Nine Patch…
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Your customers won’t know which one to make first! Next week I will showcase the patterns designed by her sister. Don’t you love it when there is this much support for a new product??? They are not yet in stock – but are expected in this week – so place your orders NOW! These are going to be flying out the door!