Quilter and interior-design expert Brigitte Heitland shows you how to use the unique colors and decor elements in your favorite rooms to inspire quilts that will be right at home.
- You don't have to be an interior designer to make a modern quilt that's the highlight of your living space--Brigitte explains it all
- Get instant inspiration with 12 patterns ranging from simple piecing to clever applique and patchwork projects
- Packed with photos of styled rooms with easy-to-understand color palettes for foolproof fabric selection
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In the introduction to Zen Chic Inspired, Brigitte asks if we've ever bought a collection of fabrics and trimmings (having seen them grouped together in a quilt shop looking quite stunning in all their complementary glory) only to bring them home and feel a little deflated? Er, that'll be a yes from me. 'The answer' she explains 'is that the magic in the store did not originate only from the patterns of fabrics but rather from the harmony of the entire display' and once brought home 'it lands in a different context'. Not to worry though, Brigitte goes on to explain that the situation also works in reverse and you can assess the colours and features of a given room and work out which fabrics to choose to harmonise with them when preparing to make a quilt. Harmony is essentially what this book is about. It's about walking into a room and feeling comfortable because of all the elements working together to create calm and balance. Because this is Brigitte Heitland, one of Moda's most popular designers, you can rest assured that all the quilts in this book are stylish and modern. What comes as a bonus is that Brigitte also draws upon her background in interior design to give useful tips on colour, shapes and style. She suggests, for example, taking a photograph of a room and then pixellating the image so that the colours stand out. In this way, choosing quilt fabrics to tie in becomes easier. This book is largely aimed towards the beginner and intermediate but there are a couple of advanced projects including my favourite "On the Ball" quilt with intersecting lines, based on a ball of yarn. I like this book. It's well thought out and nice to look at. A bit like Brigitte's designs.
Brigitte Heitland is an interior and textile designer, the owner of Zen Chic, and a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. She grew up in Germany and enjoyed sewing her own unique clothes, but she didn't learn about the art of quilting until 2003. While browsing in a bookstore, she happened to stumble onto a book of photos of wonderful quilts and was hooked at once. She decided to try quilting herself and got hopelessly addicted to patchwork.
Before long, Brigitte started her own online quilting shop. She also began teaching quilting, running a long-arm machine-quilting business, blogging about modern quilting, and sewing quilt samples for American and European magazines. As a trained textile designer, she was also inspired to create her own line of quilting fabrics, which led her full circle back to her roots in interior design. In 2010, Brigitte created her brand, Zen Chic, and gained quite a following, especially among those in the modern-quilt community.
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