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Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects [Paperback]

Denyse Schmidt , Bethany Lyttle
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Book Description

July 7, 2005
In Denyse Schmidt Quilts, the ultimate resource for the home quilter, Schmidt reveals the secrets behind her most popular designs. Thirty projects range from the simple to the challenging, from patchwork slippers and aprons to tote bags and pillows to her beloved quilt patterns, offering something for every level of quilter. Schmidt reviews the fundamentals of quilting and provides easy-to-follow instructions, patterns, sewing tips, and an artful approach to design basics. With engaging wisdom and beautiful step-by-step color photography throughout, Denyse Schmidt Quilts will inspire beginning and skilled crafters alike to embrace this age-old tradition with a new and modern twist.

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Editorial Reviews


"'s apparent that Denyse Schmidt has fun turning this traditional craft on its head. Now you can, too." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 20, 2005

"Her projects are fresh and fun with respect to today's crafter and what she needs and wants." -- Dallas Morning News, November 18, 2005

"One of the most innovative entrepreneurs in today's textile market… Denyse Schmidt Quilts, mixes contemporary projects and time-tested techniques masterfully." -- CuttingEdge magazine, Winter 2005

About the Author

Denyse Schmidt has been designing and making quilts since 1996, when she established Denyse Schmidt Quilts generating international attention for her modern spin on classic quilts. Her studio in Bridgeport, Connecticut, produces three quilt collections, available from retailers nationwide. Denyse's quilts have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, People, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Time.

Bethany Lyttle is a freelance writer who lives in New York City. Her crafts and needlework articles appear regularly in publications such as Martha Stewart Living, Interweave Knits, and the New York Times.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1St Edition edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811844420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811844420
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for serious quilters January 9, 2007
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I am a long-time quilter who loves modern patterns and innovative design; I was so excited to see this book. When it arrived I knew after flipping through it once that I would be returning it--and I never return quilt books. Be aware that hardly any of the patterns are for quilts--most are for household objects. And what's frustrating about those patterns for things like slippers is that they don't seem as though they would produce results that are going to hold up well. Oh well. I'd recommend that non-beginners skip this and get two great Kerr/Ringle books: Color Harmony for Quilters and The Modern Quilt Workshop instead.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By EB Me
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After looking at Denyse Schmidt's website, I was very excited to purchase her book and start making unique quilts of my own! While her instructions in "Denyse Schmidt Quilts" are very clear, and there are numerous helpful hints, only 1/4 of the book addresses actual quilts. For those who are interested in oven mitts, quilted scarves, and small-scale projects, this is a delightful and pretty book to choose. However, for those (like myself) who are looking for a book dedicated to quilts (and not patchwork projects) you would be better served checking out other sources. I purchased the Modern Quilt Workshop in addition to Denyse Schmidt Quilts and would highly recommend it as an alternative
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I commissioned my mother-in-law to make a baby quilt for a dear friend and I purchased a copy of this book for the drunk love two-tone quilt pattern. My mother-in-law has been quilting for more than 40 years and prides herself on her hand-stitched, beautiful, traditional log-cabin quilts - so it was more than a little challenge to pursuade her to make lopsided squares in bright pink and blush with a turquoise back no less.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The quilt was quite simple to make, and it turned out perfectly. We did experience one BIG problem - none of the local copy shops would enlarge the pattern until we had written permission from the publisher. I emailed Denyse Schmidt to ask for permission and within 24 hours, I had the written approval necessary. I understand this will not be a problem in future printings of the book as the publisher will include wording that is very clear about allowing copy shops to enlarge the patterns.

I think an experienced quilter would find this book too basic and not very inspiring. However, if you like sewing and you like to make quick gifts for your friends then I strongly recommend this book. There are so many great gift projects (the vintage-inspired apron being my personal favorite) and for kids the juggling squares are a perfect beginning sewing project.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can learn new things from Denyse July 4, 2006
By Kathy S
I am still reading this book, but Denyse has already taught me a couple tricks I had never thought of and I have been quilting for 20+ years and reading other quilt books, etc.

Love her designs - underlying complexity but overall read of simple! She gives homage (I think) to prairie quilters of old who had to use scraps but with a new twist. I am excited to try a couple of these quilts out for my niece's room.

And just this week I saw someone post on Flickr the oven gloves made out of skulls fabric from Denyse's pattern and it looked great. Just goes to show the possibilities in these designs. (No not into skulls myself but I would have taken these.)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm intrigued and anticipate excitement!! August 3, 2005
I was able to test some of the projects as the book was being made, and am amazed at how it turned out!! The few samples I was able to preview were made super easy, though far beyond my skill. I was amazed at how they turned out through following Denyse's directions. Now having the completed book, I'm excited to venture out on more quilting extravaganzas. The book is professional, thorough, eye catching and full of all sorts of fun. My expectatoins are far exceeded! I look forward to really getting into this wonderful resource knowing that it will be great to have: for aid, for inspiration, and for brousing. Great job Denyse!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy February 16, 2006
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Love the projects & quilts in this book.

I've never made a quilt before. I was overwhelmed at first at just how much work it is, but I just started making templates & cutting & so far so good. This book has great looking modern quilts & lots of info on cutting & tips.

Im in the process of making 2 of these quilts
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern design February 21, 2006
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I first saw Denyse Schmidt's work on Martha Stewart's show a number of years back, and I printed out a picture of her quilt from that show, because I liked it so much. I was very inspired to try quilting again. Her designs are not the same tired looks that have been around for years and years. I was so excited to see a book by her with multiple designs in it to reference. I was certainly not disappointed! She is very creative, and she definitely has a handle on modern design. Her designs are the best I have ever seen (and I've seen many attempts at modern design). I have since bought a couple more modern quilting books, since I was inspired by her book to get back into quilting, but they are not nearly as good. Buy this book!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but something missing.... May 25, 2006
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I love the quilts in here! They are gorgeous, and the instructions are detailed and very, very clear! I like the color pictures that detail the processes step by step. The only thing that's missing is the detailed instructions on machine quilting. There are instructions on hand quilting, and instructions on hand tying. When it comes to machine quilting, it basically says: It's difficult; you may want to get someone else to do it for you. Here's a list of resources where you can get your quilt finished. I didn't appreciate that; it's as if she thinks machine quilting is difficult, you probably can't do it, so why bother discussing it at length?! That, I didn't like. Luckily, I bought the Modern Quilt Workshop book by the Funquilts people, and that explains machine quilting in detail, so with the two together, i'm set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book...but then again, I love Denise Schmidt designs!
Published 9 months ago by C. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book for basic techniques
Clear and well-written. Creative practice projects to move you forward. It can also help traditional quilters move more towards modern design ideas.
Published 21 months ago by D. Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift!
This Denyse Schmidt book is one of three that I bought for my daughter and granddaughter for Christmas. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Margaret Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
I have made 2 of these quilts. She has a different style of quilting and they turn out beautifully. some of the projects are for beginners and some more advanced. Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by Jone
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilts
I am so glad that I decided to order this book. It has lots of great projects inside that I can't wait to get started!
Published on February 27, 2012 by Romaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Novice Quilter Loves This Book
I am a self-taught novice sewer. I love this book because I have found it to be very inspiring- beautiful fabric pairings, a wide variety of project sizes, sleek design, and many... Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by M. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars crafty quilting
My sister gave this book to me and I love it! It has great photo's and gets the creative juices flowing. However, I am not a serious quilter more of a crafty quilter. Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by sassy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your Grandma's quilting book!
I love this book because it is a modern spin on a timeless classic! Great variety of projects in size and scope. Wonderful instructions for the novice quilter like me! Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by I Read Dead People
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a novice quilter
I am teaching myself quilting techniques after years away from a sewing machine. I found the projects very easy to follow and beautifully laid out. Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by biblio_fille
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have it!
As a newish quilter, I am glad to be able to take advantage of Denyse Schmidt's ideas and techniques. I'm glad I purchased it.
Published on June 12, 2010 by L. Cornwell
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