Inspired…

Do you ever want to get into someone’s head to figure out how they do what they do?  How they seem to know the perfect color, size, shape, etc. to use for something?

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Maybe someone like Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.

I admit it… I’m an unabashed fan, a devotee.  I think her work is brilliant and I would love to spend hours just picking her amazing mind.  Though it wouldn’t be enough as I know that some of what she does is intuitive… it’s what feels right to her based on years of working, evaluating and refining her process.

The quilt above is White Labyrinth.  Brigitte published this pattern many years ago and it is how I first learned of her.  I received an e-mail from a very sweet lady asking me where she could find my pattern, Labyrinth.  I replied that I didn’t have one by that name… she insisted I did, she was sure I did.  (Just so you know, this happened with more frequency than you’d guess.)  I was curious so I did a search for Labyrinth and this is what came up.  I was star-struck… a bit depressed… in awe… and just a little envious that this amazing quilt wasn’t my pattern.  (All of which I expressed in my reply e-mail.)

Not long after that, Brigitte started designing fabric for Moda.  Her first collection was Juggling Summer and it featured a print taken from the Labyrinth quilt.

Brigitte’s quilts and collections all show a mastery of color.  While the palette might vary, there is always a distinctive sense of direction and style.  Yeah, yeah, the girl knows what she’s doing.

So it was very exciting to learn that Brigitte had finally published a book – Zen Chic Inspired.

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What makes this book special is that Brigitte’s is showing us how to use the unique colors and decor elements from our favorite rooms to inspire our quilts.  The rooms don’t even have to be ours! She has packed the book with photos of styled rooms to show how foolproof color palettes can be created.  Won’t that make fabric selection easier?

In a year where Moda is celebrating Bella Solids, Zen Chic Inspired will provide instant inspiration with 12 patterns ranging from simple piecing to distinctive applique and patchwork projects.

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Zen Chic Inspired is available now – it was officially published Wednesday.

Brigitte will be in Savannah, Georgia for QuiltCon 2017.  She’ll be in the Moda booth showing her process of creating color palettes from photographs.

She’ll also be bringing some of her beautiful quilts.

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This is Throwing – it’s made with charm packs of True Blue, Brigitte’s 13th collection for Moda.

True Blue is coming in April.

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Happy Friday!

**For more about Brigitte and how she selects color – Bella Zen Solid Chic.

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11 comments on “Inspired…

  1. Now that modern quilt I like!

  2. Barbara Yoder says:

    A little traditional HSTs with a modern take, a beautiful marriage!

  3. Gail says:

    I LOVE “Throwing”! I also really like reading your messages. Always fun and informative.

  4. Jean Elliott says:

    Wow, that quilt is stunning!

  5. Diana W says:

    Zen Chic is my hero! I adore just about everything she does, and a blue line is perfect! Blue is my favorite color!!! Love love

  6. Lynda H says:

    Juggling summer is one of my favorite fabrics. I made two quilts from this line. The second quilt was to use up the fabrics. For the back I used the last of it, a couple of pieces were so stunning that I just could not cut into them so used them whole. My daughters call these quilts “reversible” because you cannot tell which is the front vrs the back. I will be in Savanah and hope to meet this very talented lady – thanks for the heads up!

  7. Cynthia Scharf says:

    You tease! How can I wait until April for True Blue!

  8. Mary D says:

    I too am a fan of Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. I read an interview of hers somewhere online some time ago and have followed her ever since. I love her work.

  9. Marianne says:

    I so agree with your write-up. I’ve been a fan ever since I discovered Brigitte Heitland. Her designs are really different but not extreme, which I like.

  10. SarahZ says:

    Brigitte has taken personal time with me on Facebook on a couple occasions, essentially giving me a personal lesson on color, value and composition! So generous! So, yeah, I am also a devotee…love her, love her fabrics, and very excited about her book!!

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