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Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

Jun 4, 2012

by Linzee McCray

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Trade shows are all about garnering attention, and if booths could talk, you’d hardly be able to hear yourself think as you cruised the aisles. “Pssst. Hold on! You, yeah, you. Hey, buddy! Over here!” The booths at last month’s International Quilt Market in Kansas City were no exception. Quilts and fabric in colors from taupe to turquoise to tangerine, pleated and ruffled, in prints and solids demanded attention at booth after booth. There were displays that put rooms from Apartment Therapy to shame, concocted from hand-painted walls, stacks of mid-century modern chairs upholstered in designer cloth, and fabric-covered everything — lampshades, hassocks, bulletin boards, and books.

In the midst of this textile abundance sat quilter and designer Denyse Schmidt, hand-sewing quilt blocks. Though she’s been on the quilting scene since 1996, this was the first time she’s had a booth at the bi-annual Market. Her display was low-key; a simple, white wall tacked with the images that inspired her new fabric line, Chicopee — a vintage map, line drawings, photos of the Brady Bunch and Sonny and Cher. Her quilt patterns rotated in a wire rack and quilts from her new book were folded on a rustic ladder or stacked on chairs. The booth resisted braying, “Hold on now! Take a look!” Even so, everyone did.

In part, that’s because Schmidt is something of a legend in the quilting world. That lofty status came after years pursuing other careers — she’s been a modern dancer, sewed ballet costumes and religious garments, and after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she worked as a graphic designer.

Along the way, Schmidt found herself attracted to old quilts. “They’re so full of stories and you wonder about the person who made them,” she says. She was especially drawn to those stitched with random fabrics, whose seam lines don’t meet exactly. “There is so much beauty and personality in the wonkiness— there’s a kind of looseness in them, like a hand-drawn line,” she says.

Mingling her own clean aesthetic with these off-kilter coverlets, she created a line of quilts and began selling them through interiors shows. She described her work as “modern quilting” to overcome assumptions interior designers might have about what constitutes a quilt.

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Schmidt's Ocean Waves pattern.

That term has since taken on a life of its own, and Schmidt is sometimes referred to as the mother of the modern quilting movement. While she appreciates the progressive outlook of its enthusiasts, she hopes that her new book, Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, will be a gentle reminder of quilting’s roots. “The book gives me the opportunity to pay homage to the quilts that inspired what I’m doing today,” she says. Along with simple patterns for new quilters, she wants to provide a challenge for those with more experience. “I hope people will attempt something beyond their usual range but I’ve consciously designed the patterns so there’s some fudge room,” she says. “Things don’t have to be perfect, and I want people to be okay with the results.”

For Schmidt, those results frequently include adding a bit of the unexpected. In the spirit of quilters who pieced tops from whatever old clothing was on hand, whether it matched or not, Schmidt’s Ocean Waves pattern includes several blocks where prints and colors vary subtly from the rest.

“It’s hard to relate to using up what you have in a day when we can buy more, more, more,” she says. “But I love that. Quilting is the original sustainable thing, making something new from the old.”

In addition to embracing limitations, Schmidt gravitates toward taking things slowly. While the industry often touts quilts that are fast and easy, she believes there’s a place for stitching at an unhurried pace.

“A quilt can be something you work on little by little and come back to,” she says. “I don’t have that much free time and I understand the desire for speed, but I want to balance that with thinking about the process. More and more, partly as an antidote to the fast pace of our culture, people are willing to work steadily on something they’re going to keep around for a long time.”

Schmidt admits that these viewpoints might seem counterintuitive for someone whose livelihood includes selling fabric and patterns.

“It’s not always profitable, but I have to be who I am,” she says. She also produces made-to-order couture quilts that often contain blocks stitched from beloved ties or childhood dresses, and Works quilts, machine-quilted modern quilts made in her Bridgeport, Connecticut, studio. In addition, she teaches quilting at her studio and across the country and lectures on quilt and design topics — she’ll be the keynote speaker at QuiltCon, the inaugural conference and show of the Modern Quilt Guild, to be held next February in Austin, Texas.

“At its best, quilting is an open forum that welcomes people at all levels, making all kinds of quilts,” she says. “Every person is going to bring something different to the process — you can take a single pattern and make an infinite number of variations. That’s what I love about quilts.”

 

 

For more information about Denyse, visit her website, or check out Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you.

 

 

 

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3 Featured Comments

  • rachelungerjewelry

    Rachel Unger from RachelUngerJewelry said 4 years ago Featured

    I've always admired the beauty and heritage of quilts, as well as the patience and fortitude it takes to continue with an often time consuming and likely, less than profitable, tradition. Most handmade quilts are the result of a labor of love and that really represents "handmade" in the truest sense. I have been searching for the perfect quilt to welcome into my home...maybe someday...soon.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago Featured

    I still remember my mother and grandmother setting up a quilting frame, and then working together to make an heirloom piece. It's wonderful to know so many people are carrying on the time-honored tradition of quilting, even in today's fast-paced world.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 4 years ago Featured

    What I appreciate most about this article is that there are customers in the world who support "couture quilting." That kind of patronage is what helps keep arts and communities alive. Wonderful piece and beautiful photographs!

120 comments

  • fantasygarden

    Anna Kikute from fantasygarden said 4 years ago

    Amazing quilts

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    The quilts in this blog are stunning! I really enjoyed reading about the designer Denyse, she has lots of talent!

  • funktionslust

    Mara from FunktionLust said 4 years ago

    I can't imagine the hours that go into these from conception to completion. Congratulations on your feature!

  • SarenaVictoria

    Sarena Victoria from SarenaVictoria said 4 years ago

    Love your art!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful quilts!!!

  • rikrak

    rikrak from rikrak said 4 years ago

    i've been a denyse schmidt fan for many moons now. so happy to see her here. isn't she brilliant?

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy from SillyBuddy said 4 years ago

    Love Denyse Schmidt - thank you for this.

  • paulassewnice

    Paula from paulassewnice said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous quilts! Thank you Denyse!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 4 years ago

    I dig this!

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 4 years ago

    SO inspiring!!!!!!

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Amazing work, I love the piece at the top reminds me of moss for some reason. Lovely organic form.

  • prettydreamer

    pamela from prettydreamer said 4 years ago

    Linzee, this a beautiful post all the way through ... thank you!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    Awesome quilts!

  • claudiadelrio

    Yaya from Liukenko said 4 years ago

    Love it!! :D

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Bowles from ArtsyFlair said 4 years ago

    Lovely! :)

  • AliceAndFlorence

    Wendy Melling from AliceAndFlorence said 4 years ago

    Fantastic article. Will be buying the book !

  • yomarismillan

    Golden Hearts MILLAN from AgapeArts said 4 years ago

    WOW, YOU ARE TRULY TALENTED! LOVE THEM! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, CONGRATS ON YOUR JOB.

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 4 years ago

    Great article and work!

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. Some of my first sewing projects were very simple quilts.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 4 years ago

    Exquisite!

  • montanagirl

    Carmen from MontanaGirl said 4 years ago

    Amazing!

  • Hyppiechic

    Joao and Sònia from HyppieChic said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous quilts, Thanks Denyse!!!!

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 4 years ago

    Such workmanship-beautiful!

  • 2bloomsdesignstudio

    Michelle from twobloomsds said 4 years ago

    Wow, such beautiful craftsmanship.

  • RedorGrayArt

    Elaine Kean from RedorGrayArt said 4 years ago

    lovely ~~thank you always for such artistry!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I missed her all day class in my area, alas!

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 4 years ago

    Inspiring! As a beginning quilter, I'm in awe.

  • nink1019

    nink1019 from nink1019 said 4 years ago

    My inspiration !!

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 4 years ago

    Love her fabrics, have used in some of my messenger bags

  • savanahm

    Savanah Macaulay from MyHandmadeHappies said 4 years ago

    I love the idea of taking a long standing (and nearly deserted) tradition and updating it to something that is, once again, in the height of fashion! Thank you so much Denyse for inspiring us all! :)

  • MickeyandGrace

    Dana from MickeyandGrace said 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love it when an artist follows their passion....it truly shows in the art that is produced!

  • ClaudiaLord

    Claudia Lord from ClaudiaLord said 4 years ago

    Beautiful quilts!

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio said 4 years ago

    Great article and beautiful quilts! They remind me of my grandmother and the time I got to spend with her helping her hand-quilt the quilts she made. Those are precious memories. :)

  • TheBerryPress

    Wendy Hogue Berry from TheBerryPress said 4 years ago

    Love the quilts and the article. Thank you, it was a nice read.

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs said 4 years ago

    Loved reading this. Beautiful designs!! I especially love to read "fudge room" because I would feel so much more inclined to invest my time and my love and my attention to a piece if I felt it could be less that perfect. I love ' less than perfect' - that is often the best bit !!

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse said 4 years ago

    Like everyone has said, your work is beautiful! And what a joy it would be to pass a quilt like this down to the next generation!

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSeaJewelry said 4 years ago

    Wow! Amazing artwork! :)

  • thistlehandmade

    Katherine McIntire from thistlehandmade said 4 years ago

    A delightful post to read with beautiful photos to look through! Looking forward to checking out her new book.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion from asundrynotion said 4 years ago

    So well done!

  • Made2Impress

    Made2Impress from Made2Impress said 4 years ago

    Love the geometrics!

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore said 4 years ago

    So pretty! I love reading that she uses fabric from childhood dresses. That is so very special!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    Vivian from EggMoneyQuilts said 4 years ago

    So inspiring! makes me want to go cut up some fabric! Love your work!

  • legacylinens

    Mary Rickles from LegacyLinens said 4 years ago

    A joy to read about you and your process!

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    Amazing feature and work. Just beautiful!

  • MintedTees

    Denise from MintedTees said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, I love all the quilts, really makes me wish I could sew!

  • HoldTheWire

    Jennifer Potter from HoldTheWire said 4 years ago

    Her designs are just beautiful. Thanks for the story!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    Wonderful read! And what lovely pictures of such amazing quilts!

  • morechenillechateau

    morechenillechateau from moreChenilleChateau said 4 years ago

    Amazing work! Just love the modern, clean lines juxtaposed with tradition.....

  • UpsideDownFrowns

    UpsideDownFrowns from UpsideDownFrowns said 4 years ago

    love these quilts. what talent.

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 4 years ago

    What a fabulous combination of a traditional medium fused with contemporary design!

  • HoodVintageandWool

    Elisabeth Ryan from hoodwool said 4 years ago

    i love the hawaiian style green and yellow one in the first pic

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    Oh, how I love this!

  • bluebirdluxe

    Eileen from bluebirdluxe said 4 years ago

    Oh! What a wonderful interview!! I love Denyse Schmidt! I'm a huge fan and just adore her fabrics and quilts!

  • optic

    Rhonda from opticdesign said 4 years ago

    Oh my! Oh my! These quilts are AMAZING!!! I took a quilting class about 12 years ago and fell in love with the craft. My eye is drawn to the simple modern quilts. I am drooling. Beautiful work! Simply Amazing!!!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    Rachel Unger from RachelUngerJewelry said 4 years ago Featured

    I've always admired the beauty and heritage of quilts, as well as the patience and fortitude it takes to continue with an often time consuming and likely, less than profitable, tradition. Most handmade quilts are the result of a labor of love and that really represents "handmade" in the truest sense. I have been searching for the perfect quilt to welcome into my home...maybe someday...soon.

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 4 years ago

    Love them all, amazing collection Best success to you!!!

  • wildvioletta

    colleen from wildvioletta said 4 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Love this article and your quilts!

  • shuqi

    Emily Lim from shuqi said 4 years ago

    Wow, lovely work and nice detail work:)

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    Wow! The patience it must take to make such beautiful works of art! I love the modern baby quilt by bperrino. :)

  • RagtimeAngel

    RagtimeAngel from RagtimeAngel said 4 years ago

    Great profile of a very talented artist. Beautiful photos as well!

  • TerryAskeArtQuilts

    Terry Aske from TerryAskeArtQuilts said 4 years ago

    It's such a treat to see quilts featured in a blog post. Thanks for the great interview with Denyse.

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Love this post!

  • bellablackbird

    bellablackbird from bellablackbird said 4 years ago

    Stunning work, I love to see handmade quilts!!!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Fascinating pieces!

  • MiruStudios

    Ming Lee from MiruStudios said 4 years ago

    I love those quilts and impress how she does it. It's not easy but the pleasure of completing one is priceless. This interview is an inspiration to me..thanks for writing such a brilliant article =)

  • MiruStudios

    Ming Lee from MiruStudios said 4 years ago

    just wondering, is there a way to "favorite" an article on etsy? :) Nice if we can click on "like" just like fb! :D

  • tomsgrossmami
  • fitzroyandcole

    Mirjam Cole from fitzroyandcole said 4 years ago

    A lovely article that really encapsulates the ethos behind quilting...... such beautiful quilts too. Ming Lees idea of favorite an article a good idea, just what I was thinking as I was reading the article.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    So adorable :))

  • PalomaAccessories

    Kelly from PalomaAccessories said 4 years ago

    Divinas las colchas!

  • zanettadesigns

    zanettadesigns from zanettadesigns said 4 years ago

    I discovered Denyse Schmidt's quilts a number of years back. Love her fresh designs and her use of color. Nice read.

  • inkOVERpaperInvites

    Alicia Markey from inkOVERpaperInvites said 4 years ago

    Your quilts are beautiful!

  • froufroubijou

    Sarah Feldman from StockFrock said 4 years ago

    The folk art museum, before they went bankrupt in NYC had some VERY beautiful quilts dating back hundreds of years. I wish I knew kickstart was around, because then I could of saved their awesome building. :(

  • CharlotteHandmade

    Charlotte Ann from LovelyClothNapkins said 4 years ago

    Your quilts and fabric are perfection. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 4 years ago

    Beautiful article - and another book to add to my wishlist! :)

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 4 years ago

    I love your choice of color, tells a story on its own. Just fabulous.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 4 years ago

    Very nice article,the patterns and inspiration are just what I needed today!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    love the quilts..."stitching at an unhurried pace"-that is a great thought, and something I need to work on! seems life is always so fast, it is hard to slow down and even stitch slowly!!

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring post! Denise's work is beautiful and I'm grateful for the story of her career path. Thank you for sharing Linzee!

  • OncleHope

    Oncle Hope from OncleHope said 4 years ago

    Makes me want to go home and cut and sow and make something beautifull - but my mashines are broken!!! Oh no!!! Love quilts...dont think i could ever affort a true quilt though or make one myself - i dont have the patience but i will try. Its an amazing world and i fell in love with quilts after having seen an exhibition about Kaffe Fassett. Amazing artist.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    Lovely. I know just the person who would enjoy your book.

  • Namoo

    Insung Kim from Namoo said 4 years ago

    love love love reading this post. thank you!

  • StudioCherie

    Cherie Killilea from StudioCherie said 4 years ago

    Well told, Linzee. Lovely feature.

  • sarahsquiltsncrafts

    sarahsquiltsncrafts from sarahsquiltsncrafts said 4 years ago

    Well, that is certainly a wonderful invitation to think outside the traditional quilt-making box!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago Featured

    I still remember my mother and grandmother setting up a quilting frame, and then working together to make an heirloom piece. It's wonderful to know so many people are carrying on the time-honored tradition of quilting, even in today's fast-paced world.

  • Sieberdesigns

    Aviva from Sieberdesigns said 4 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • anotherghostquilts

    Nancy from anotherghostquilts said 4 years ago

    Great post, Linzee! Thanks.

  • CurlysQuilts

    CurlysQuilts from CurlysQuilts said 4 years ago

    I love her perspective about quilting! I completely resonate with her about liking things to be slow, and not always perfect. To me, the joy of my handmade quilts from my grandmother is that the seams don't always line up, the fabrics don't have the perfect contrast. I treasure her quilts far above many of my earthly possesions. I'm also not bothered when my own quilts turn out imperfect. I think it shows it was made by a person, not a factory.

  • wroscoe

    Wendy Roscoe from WendyRoscoeDesigns said 4 years ago

    Lovely!

  • cherylzmillerArt

    Cheryl from cherylzmillerArt said 4 years ago

    My quilting hero - thanks Denyse for all your inspiration.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 4 years ago Featured

    What I appreciate most about this article is that there are customers in the world who support "couture quilting." That kind of patronage is what helps keep arts and communities alive. Wonderful piece and beautiful photographs!

  • jadedgoats

    Judy Wright from JudithGayleDesigns said 4 years ago

    This piece really resonated with me! My mother and grandmothers were quilters...every stitch by hand and (in my grandmother's case) often done on a drop-down quilting frame surrounded by women from her little Tennessee town of Bell Buckle (Bell Buckle finally hits the big time here on Etsy). In fact, back in the 60s my grandmother and some other local women started a shop called The Quilt Box which was quite a shoppers destination in middle TN for a decade or so. Quilting is one of those traditional arts that (hopefully) will never die but simply evolve as technology advances. Thank you for the wonderful piece and the great book on quilting; I'll place it beside The Women of Gees Bend (quilting book) on my bookshelf.

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 4 years ago

    I love that you featured Denyse Schmidt, she is such an inspiration!

  • uniquelynancy

    Nancy Tanguay from uniquelynancy said 4 years ago

    THank you for inspiring me! Denyse is an inspiration to all of us quilters. My grandmother made her living quilting and passed the love of it on to me.

  • 26Sorts

    Alexa Sheraton from 26Sorts said 4 years ago

    I so appreciate the modern approach to a piece with so much history. These designs are stunning!

  • cyasarcan

    Canan from Zembil said 4 years ago

    I love quilts!!! My next project in mind is to make a quilt for the first time, a chevron kid size quilt. Wish me luck!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    Quilts of all kinds are so amazing and full of potential, either for beauty to hang on a wall, or even better, to be used to keep warm and snuggly. I have been wanting to make the time to create a quilt for my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring, I have the urge to go back to my quilting projects. Great story

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Who doesn't have a quilt?? Beautiful styles here :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    All of these quilts are simply gorgeous! I've always been interested in quilting especially after seeing How to Make an American Quilt.

  • CreativeTherapy

    Stefanie van den Brandt from CreativeTherapy said 4 years ago

    I have never paid much attention to quilts before, all I remember is a vague interest when I was little and my friend's mum made quilts. But having just seen these designs by Denyse Schmidt (who until now I didn't know) I am actually tempted to start the mammoth task on creating one as my boyfriend and I are starting to build a life together. I love how she's taken a traditional craft and moved it forward into the 21st century. I have browsed her website and I could not be more impressed with all the various collections she's made, the way she draws inspiration from the surroundings (such as the Mount Lebanon series). In short, I've become a quilt convert! I can also really associate with the slowing down in a fast-paced world. In that respect the Amish (who are making her quilts) can teach us quite a bit! But the rest of the world has also caught on this idea of slowing down. The Slow Movement (http://www.slowmovement.com/) encourages us to slow down and start feeling connected again, to the people around us, to culture, to places and to our lives. I guess quilt making, and much of Etsy's handmade world, would fit in perfectly with that ethos!

  • EvangelineBlack

    Evangeline Black from EvangelineBlack said 4 years ago

    Wow, what beautiful quilts. I always found quilts a little old-fashioned, but these are just amazing. I love how Denyse managed to bring quilts into the 21st century, whilst staying true to their origins.

  • mosey

    jes mosey from mosey said 4 years ago

    just love! xo

  • DenyseQuilts

    Denyse Schmidt said 4 years ago

    Wow! I'm so touched by all your lovely comments and support. Thanks too for sharing your stories and insights – what an amazing community. Thanks for a GREAT write up Linzee!

  • NutfieldWeaver

    Kate Kilgus from NutfieldWeaver said 4 years ago

    A wonderful story. The quote about profitability vs. being true to oneself really resonated with me. Linzee, as always, your posts are wonderfully written and always provide much food for thought. (And a bonus - now I know what to get my mother for her June birthday! Off to the bookstore!)

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work. And I'm all for unhurried stitching.

  • HavenClean

    Kayce White from HomeIntoHaven said 4 years ago

    Thank goodness Etsy has a registry now! These are modern heirlooms. Beautiful work!

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

    I love Denyse Schmidt's designs and her gorgeous quilts!! Yay to Etsy for sharing such wonderful inspiration!!

  • spiderbunny

    Jessa Cady from Spiderbunny said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Pamelaquilts

    Pamela from Pamelaquilts said 4 years ago

    Lovely article on a subject dear to my own heart! Inspiring!

  • PaleMoonDarkNight

    Rachel Bradley from PaleMoonDarkNight said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the post! I love thinking about the "roots" of quilting, and its great to see an artist so devoted to the process.

  • hennyseashell

    Henny Augustien from hennyseashell said 4 years ago

    Inspiring!! Thank you ! Quilt is not common in my country. I knew about Denyse from her 1st book that I bought online 2 years ago, after that I love and get hooked into quilting. Not a perfect step -by-step quilt with pattern, but the imperfection ones :)

  • annamariapotamiti

    Annamaria Potamiti from annamariapotamiti said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • paulfiorello

    Paul Fiorello from DancingMoonLLC said 4 years ago

    Wonderful designs

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 4 years ago

    Great quilts. Quilts are so fab. Nicely written :)

  • carolynfrench1

    Carolyn from SWFLOORQUILTS said 4 years ago

    Is there anything more personal & pleasing than a quilt? Thanks for helping us preserve a little of our past. There's a wealth of history surrounding traditional quilts, and I enjoy how each generation has added their own pattern variations to this old & popular art form. I especially like how you emphasize that "things don't have to be perfect." I once read that some quilters from the past were superstitious about making a quilt without any imperfections. I'd say those hand-drawn lines are a desirable thing! Happy Quilting!

  • karenanne

    Karen Anne Glick from KarenAnneGlick said 4 years ago

    “It’s not always profitable, but I have to be who I am,” she says. Amen to that! Cheers, Karen Anne

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