It’s been seven years since textile designer Brigitte Heitland released her first collection with Moda Fabrics, and the popularity of her fabrics among quilters—especially modern quilters—has skyrocketed.
Make sure you don’t miss this fantastic collection, and remember to support your local Canadian quilt store by checking if they are stocking it. Here’s a little more about Breeze, and Brigitte’s inspiration.
Zen Chic fabrics are often influenced by fashion, architecture, and design trends from other areas, and Breeze is no exception. This time, Brigitte was heavily influenced by sashiko stitching and denim, and has created a collection of calm blue blenders, contemporary circular prints, and just a pop of soft pink as an elegant complementary colour.
If you haven’t heard of sashiko, it is a Japanese decorative mending technique, which uses hand stitches that are usually longer than traditional quilting stitches, and are arranged in beautiful geometric shapes. It is traditionally an off-white thread stitched through indigo fabric, and that has been hinted at in some of these prints. No stitching required!
Brigitte designed this collection after seeing a denim clothing display in a shop window. Once she was back home, she worked on the colour scheme, then used her computer and iPad to create the designs digitally.
“I mostly do a wide range of different scales, like a large scale circle dotted print, a medium scale print—there is one that looks a little bit like a sashiko stitched design, and I have small scale blenders. They mostly range from white to dark blue and have a little splash of pale pink in them.”
The prints range from Brigitte’s signature round shapes seen in a couple of previous collections, as well as faux block prints, subtle yet graphic lines, lettering, tiny crosses, and even tinier triangles. There’s a good mix of scales and shapes to keep all styles of quilter happy. These designs would be a welcome addition to projects like a contemporary baby quilt or minimalist style cushions for a loft apartment.
The importance of fashion as an influence for this collection continues with four prints from Breeze available in rayon, and three in canvas. The rayon is perfect for blouses and dresses for all ages, plus the canvas lends itself to more structural projects without the need for interfacing—such as home furnishings, purses, or even a structured a-line skirt. It’s so versatile!
Breeze also works well with other Zen Chic fabrics, such as Spotted and Modern Backgrounds More Paper, two previous lines of perfect blender fabric featuring text, handwriting, and more. The Stitched Denim pattern that will be released along with this range also uses Moda Chambray fabric, a cotton that has the look of denim, produced with white thread on the weft and a colour on the weave to give a subtle texture and depth. It’s also lightweight enough to comfortably sashiko on!
Moda also has a range of Grunge blenders—Brigitte’s favourites—which complement this collection. Of course, you could simply add these prints to your own stash and see what you are inspired to make from combining your favourites. As you can expect, there will also be Moda precuts for Breeze: jelly rolls, layer cakes, and charm packs.
Shh! Is red your favourite colour? There will be a new Zen Chic collection that’s right up your alley in January 2020!
Check out the Zen Chic Breeze lookbook for free project ideas and a closer look at all of the fabrics in the collection.
Brigitte’s patterns designed exclusively for this release are available from her website, www.brigitteheitland.de