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"...it'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.
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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 (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By M. Rodgers on 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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I enjoyed this book, I found quite a bit of projects that I will be adding to my to-do list so I didn't regret the buy. I don't have the money to pay a copying place to enlarge some patterns on the back, so in my attept to do it myself was somewhat okay. I was able to enlarge 3 pages in the books, but when it came to enlarging quilt patterns---it was nearly impossible--they were basic squares and rectangles and I wish she had written somewhere in the book the measurements.
If you can get it copied for you--then get the book....there are a lot of great ideas and pretty cool projects.
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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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