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Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots (Stc Craft / Melanie Falick Book) Hardcover – April 1, 2012


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  • Series: Stc Craft / Melanie Falick Book
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799009
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denyse Schmidt’s work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, TIME, People, and Martha Stewart Living. Her fabric and stationery lines are sold worldwide. She is the author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts and 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. Visit her website at dsquilts.com.


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A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has been sewing since she was a young girl. As a professional seamstress, she worked on everything from tutus and bishop's mitres to fine clothing. Today, she brings these eclectic influences together in patchwork quilts characterized by simple graphics, rich color and quality workmanship. Firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt reinterprets tradition to make modern functional quilts that are fresh, lively and offbeat.

Denyse's Couture and custom quilts, in production since 1996, are pieced to order in her studio and hand-quilted by Amish women in Minnesota. Denyse Schmidt Works, a line of machine-quilted quilts, pillows and upholstery fabrics with an industrial-chic aesthetic, was developed in 2003 for the design trade and retail markets. Denyse Schmidt Designs for Sarita Handa, a partnership with Sarita Handa Exports, launched in 2004 with an affordable line of high quality quilts and decorative home accessories. Since 2003, Chronicle Books has brought to market more than a dozen stationary and gift items based on her work, as well as her first how-to book, "Denyse Schmidt Quilts, 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects". With FreeSpirit Fabrics, Denyse designs fabric collections for independent quilt and fabric stores. In 2011, her DS Quilts Collection fabric line debuted with record-breaking sales in JoAnn Stores (US) and Spotlight Stores (Australia). In conjunction with her DS Quilts Collection fabrics, Denyse launched quilt patterns featuring her signature style with the venerable McCall Pattern Company. Denyse's newest book, "Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration" (STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book; April 2012) is an elegant homage to quilting's rich heritage.

Denyse continues to teach her highly successful improvisational patchwork piecing workshops in her studio. Schmidt's studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information visit www.dsquilts.com.

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Diagrams seem clear and easy to follow.
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If you love traditional quilt patterns with a modern take, relative to the color scheme and fabric selection, you will love this book.
Lora Lee Douglas
I plan on savoring the reading over the weekend, picking out the quilts I will be making, and in what order I will be sewing them.
R. Baucum

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lora Lee Douglas on March 24, 2012
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If you love traditional quilt patterns with a modern take, relative to the color scheme and fabric selection, you will love this book. Usually when I get quilt books, I look at the pictures and look at the construction techniques on some of the patterns. I am actually reading through the text in this book so I can learn more about the history of the quilt patterns and how Denyse put her modern spin on it. There are a couple of quotes in the book that I love: "If you're a beginner quilter and the instructions seem intimidating, just take it piece by piece, and remember that mistakes are opportunities for discovery." This is so true.

Another quote, "A book of traditional quilt patterns-some of which require cutting thousands of tiny pieces-seems to go against the grain of most crafting books these days, and is antithetical to our culture which demands instant gratification and ever-faster results. I hope you can embrace the idea of quilting as a "slow craft," and enjoy the opportunity to engage in a satisfying, contemplative pastime that offers rewards relative to your efforts." Kind of reminds me of my motto: The pleasure is in the process.

The book provides some quilt history and 20 beautiful projects to inspire you. The emphasis is on the quilt top design, not necessarily the quilting. I think Denyse wanted to keep the quilting simple, so the quilt top design would be the star.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Baucum on March 23, 2012
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I have been a big fan of Denyse Schmidt's patterns and fabric ever since she started out. I decided to order this book and I am so glad I did because it is a visual treat. I plan on savoring the reading over the weekend, picking out the quilts I will be making, and in what order I will be sewing them.

Some of the patterns will challenge me - especially the applique quilts and the drop-dead gorgeous Snake Trail quilt. But part of her mission in writing this book is to get quilters to try new techniques and she provides clear instructions (from the little I have read).

The book itself is beautiful - well made and the photographs are enticing. If you want to make the exact same quilts in the book, she even lists the fabric manufacturers and colors that she used. This book is worth every penny - not just because there are so many great quilt patterns, but also because in perusing the pages, I get a sense of what a talented artist she is, and her designs (corny as it sounds) are timeless. This will be a book that will be used many, many times. Thank you Denyse!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Triple Moon Goddess Indiana on November 20, 2012
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The quilting world "seams" to be a place of contention more and more. There are those who shun "Y" seams, and those who methodically stitch them and deem themselves "better quilters". The fact is that you still have a beautiful creation that keeps you warm. Isn't that the idea?

The same goes for the term "modern quilting". There are some that think this means "radically different". Not so. Modern quilting means less fuss about exactitude, new twists , and bolder fabrics. It means larger stitches in quilting the piece, and quick completion. Modern quilting means using your leftovers and scraps as much as possible, those great bold fabrics that you love and want to show off. It means taking the old and making it quicker, off center, and using bold fabrics.

This book illustrates that perfectly. Maybe some missed the part of the title that says "traditional inspiration". The old designs are clearly visible in the quilts, quite so, but modern quilting is NOT about trashing all the old quilt styles and looks, but reinventing them. It is about making them in a week, not a year. It is about simplicity. The fabric is the thing, and it can be just two fabrics to make a stark contrast or all of your scraps to make a crazy , bold statement.

This book has beautiful quilts with a nod to the old. It is absolutely a modern quilting book, becasue it follows the real definition of modern quilting, not someone's idea of radical. Modern quilting does not mean radical, although some modern quilts can be just that.

This book puts a new twist and flavor on the old, and follows that true definition of "modern quilting", if you are looking for "radical quilting", then this is not the book for you....but then I doubt that was ever the intent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pugmama on May 28, 2012
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Ms Schmidt has put a modern edge on traditional patchwork quilts. By enlarging the old quilt blocks and omitting the endless repetition of the old layouts she has transformed "busy" into "graphic". She has done this with all types of traditional styles, including Hawaiian, Broderie Perse, stamped surface embellishment and whole cloth examples. There is a charming little postage stamp doll quilt that almost anybody could make (and most experienced quilters wouldn't perhaps bother with) but what makes it fresh and inviting is her simple juxtaposition of modern and traditional fabrics. The book is full of these simple but effective tricks for making timeless quilted treasures. The more I look at this book, the more I like it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 12, 2012
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I have purchased several modern quilting books recently. (Books by Alissa Haigh Carlton and Elizabeth Hartman and a couple of others) This book was head and shoulders above the rest in quality for money. It has a wide variety of styles. Granted they are more traditional in flavour, but have been given a modern twist. The book is hard cover and thus makes it a lovely coffee table book to boot! There are descriptions on all the quilts, as well as easy to follow patterns. I really can't say enough about this book. I have to admit, I don't love all the quilts in the book, but show me a book that you do.
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