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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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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with lots of ideas that i am currently using to plan projjects for the near futurePublished 8 months ago by Sister quilter
I've made so many patterns from this book. Gave me a new appreciation for modern quilts.Published 9 months ago by Lauri
Beautiful idea book. Does contain patterns, but most useful as a source for ideas. Must note that this contains pattern for Snake Trails, also known as Snakes in the Holler which... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Y.
I enjoy piecing and patchwork rather than quilting and was looking for ideas which move away from the traditional or only contains a small amount in each piece. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Narelle T. Hall
I find that many of today's quilt patterns rely heavily on overly "cutesy" fabrics and are more suited for children than an adult. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Natalie
Denyse's book is not just another pretty book in the crowd. If you are looking for a book that teaches in detail this is the one to buy. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by JLO
Absolutely LOVE this book. The quilt patterns are classic and spare, so they can be sewn to feel very "modern" depending on the fabric and quilting design chosen. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Sharen Fisher