One of my all time favorite quilting fabric collections is “For You” by designer Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic) for Moda. These fabrics came out last summer, and I was lucky enough to get a layer cake (10″ square precuts) of them right away, which I made a quilt with…I can’t wait to show you that later this year…but kind of wished I had some more. Last weekend I managed to snag some pieces on sale while traveling.
You see, the colors and prints in this are so “me”, I think, and so useful. They are bright without being crazy, just cheerful and vibrant, and the prints are basic but fun geometrics. Perfect for mixing with a variety of others. Of course I love them with my usual favorites, like polka dots, but lets see what else I can find my stash…
Bright colors always look good with white, but low volume prints are more fun (see my Hula Girl quilt). This group of low volume fat quarters is also from Zen Chic, called Modern Backgrounds. These whites are “paper” and there is also a black and gray group called “ink”. Fabulous.
Did you ever think Tula Pink fabrics could go with something from Moda? Well, the For You prints look perfect with Tula’s recent “Eden” and “True Colors” collections (Free Spirit Fabrics, 2015). If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now: Tula Pink is the queen of designing basics and geometrics with just the right flare. This color grouping would be a great way to use just a few of the “For You” prints with what you might already have in your stash.
Ah, Mochi Dots (linen) and cross weaves. With colors and prints like these, we can’t not pair For You with some Mochi Dots and cross weaves. These are the perfect companion instead of straight up solids or neutrals. This group just gives me all the warm fuzzies!
Zen Chic also has a new collection coming in March, called Flow, and it goes perfectly with For You. So if you end up with just a few prints from For You or if you miss it altogether, you will love Flow.
It’s funny and a shame that I usually kind of hoard my favorite fabrics, but For You is different because I already have one quilt done, and I am planning another with my new supply…it feels good to make something pretty and not just stash these beauties. Now to just figure out how to add more sewing time in a day!