Are you dreaming of a White Christmas… of holidays with décor and sewing projects that go beyond the traditional reds and greens? Of simple motifs, modern fabrics, and a minimalist elegance?
White Christmas by Brigitte Heitland/Zen Chic for Moda is the perfect collection for decorating your home during the winter holidays in a stylish modern way. It features 28 elegant holiday fabrics with crisp B&W themes and pops of gold and silver — absolutely perfect to capture Brigitte’s signature modern aesthetic.
Along with the repeating prints are three panels (white, black, and sand) which make for a quick and easy quilted advent calendar. In addition, Brigitte has created 4 brand new patterns to inspire us all, and is offering a fifth for free — see the bottom of this post for more info!
The coordinating thread box is full of fabulous neutrals partnered with a rich gold and a b&w variegated, making it not only the perfect companion for Brigitte’s fabrics, but also a terrific box to either round out your growing thread collection or get your stash started.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2021 – 2024 – 2312 – 2326 – 6010 – 2615
2606 – 2630 – 2692 – 5022 – 4652 – 4670
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
Sewing was always a passion of mine, I learned it as a six year old child. But growing up in Germany, I didn’t learn about quilting before I got to be about 40 years old. By that time I stumbled upon a book of Kaffe Fassett and was fascinated. I had to give it a try and have been hooked ever since.
What inspired you to create White Christmas?
In Winter 2017 I was invited by our European fabric distributor for a presentation. A lot of shop owner come on that open house days and it is always good to talk and listen to their needs. A couple of them came up with the request of a modern Christmas line beyond reds and greens. Haha, this was kind of preaching to the converted, since I love to celebrate Christmas in a way, that it fits the modern home and also the modern interior colors.
Beyond reds and greens – I can do that. But I wanted it still festive, with a more neutral palette. And since Luster (my collection of fall 2015) was so well received, I picked up this color scheme: it was an all neutral scheme of whites, tans, silver, graphite and charcoals combined with splashes of gold. This became the base of WHITE CHRISTMAS.
What did you love most about putting the collection together?
The most fun part is to gather ideas which form a kind of pattern-family. With White Christmas it was a simplified graphic icon of a Christmas tree. I throw it onto a midscale non-directional print, formed a small-scale striped print and accented a letter-print with that icon. Besides a stylized branch of a mistletoe gave me the motif for a large-scale print which is not specifically seasonal. In fact, you could use it also for an elegant purse or a dress.
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Interior design – it’s my huge love and will always be. All kinds of things I can find in a beautifully styled room (especially the Scandinavian ones): the color schemes, patterns of carpets, tapestry, porcelain, vases, modern art – strolling through modern styled interior design magazines is my personal heaven.
What is your favorite thing to make?
Piecing. Piecing patches together, may it be for a bag or a quilt, is still my favorite part of the sewing process. Or a garment like a dress or a skirt.
Do you have a favorite project made with the fabric and threads?
My favorite project is the Mega Star Quilt. The 50 wt emerges perfectly into the seams of the pieced part. That makes it easy to get accurate and flat ironed seams. I used the same weight for the straight line quilting to enhance the modern look of the geometric quilt.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
It was pretty soon when I stepped into the industry, that Aurifil came to my attention. Actually it was even before I started my business that I read the raving comments on all kinds of blogs and get curious about that name I hadn’t heard of so far. People praised the beautiful colors and the fiber quality, said „this is my favorite thread“. So quite from the beginning on I bought that brand at my distributor and I have to say – they didn’t disappoint. I use them for piecing as well as for my long arm quilting business and the quality is superb: There is a certain shimmer which shows on the sewing surface, I like that. And of course the beautiful large color range.
Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
My favorite color is light grey 50WT – not because this is fancy. Just because I can’t live without that versatile hue which matches every project and has the perfect weight for piecing.
Because she is so amazing, Brigitte has designed a free pattern, available to all! Simply click on the image below to sign up for Brigitte’s mailing list and get instant delivery of her Christmas Quilt pattern.
To purchase any of Brigitte’s patterns, please click here.
To enter-to-win 1 Large White Christmas Thread Collection and 1 Fat Quarter bundle of White Christmas by Zen Chic for Moda, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 24! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, July 25. Good luck!
Brigitte Heitland was born in Germany and grew up with her three siblings. They were a funny “gang” and her grandma sewed a lot of clothes for the children. Brigitte often sat down next to her old PFAFF and felt so comfortable. Her grandma once told her: When you are tall enough to get your feet down to the pedal, I’ll teach you sewing too. It was, perhaps, one of the best things that anyone could have given her.
Brigitte started sewing at the age of six, mostly clothes, and loved to have unique things to wear. When it was time to choose a profession, she knew it would be something creative. She decided upon Interior Design but was drawn to all of the students in the room next to her working with needles and thread and so she ended up as a student of Textile Design.
In her mid age, it happened that she stumbled upon a wonderful pictured quilting book and was hooked at once. She had to try it herself and became hopelessly addicted to patchwork. Of course, she needed fabrics, lots and lots of different fabrics to dive in. She started her own little online shop with quilting fabrics and eventually worked to create her own collection. It led to her roots in Interior Design: when developing a fabric or even a design for a quilt the entire impression of a room was considered. She sees the light, the furniture, the color concept, the style and her quilts become a natural element of this scene, fitting in harmoniously. Brigitte loves having clarity in a room, an environment of simplicity where you are surrounded by only the things you really need and love, where you can relax, find your inner peace and balance. Her quilts are take on this concept, reduced, pure, and clear.
**All images by Brigitte Heitland. Please visit her Instagram for more visual inspiration!