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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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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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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 ›
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.
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
Very creative redesign of antique quilts! I love that she gives a history also. Easy to follow instructions, I just wish there was more info on resizing the quilts (a grid with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stacey J. Lillios
Amazing book, great quilts from a great quilt maker!! Book arrived in perfect condition thanks to the seller's packaging - thanks!Published 2 months ago by kittyann
Great book with lots of ideas that i am currently using to plan projjects for the near futurePublished 17 months ago by Sister quilter
I've made so many patterns from this book. Gave me a new appreciation for modern quilts.Published 18 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 22 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 on April 17, 2014 by Narelle T. Hall