Denyse Schmidt Quilts
In Denyse Schmidt Quilts, the ultimate resource for the home quilter, Schmidt reveals the secrets behind her most popular designs. Thirty projects range from the simple to the challenging, from patchwork slippers and aprons to tote bags and pillows to her beloved quilt patterns, offering something for every level of quilter. Schmidt reviews the fundamentals of quilting and provides easy-to-follow instructions, patterns, sewing tips, and an artful approach to design basics. With engaging wisdom and beautiful step-by-step color photography throughout, Denyse Schmidt Quilts will inspire beginning and skilled crafters alike to embrace this age-old tradition with a new and modern twist.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts Details

TitleDenyse Schmidt Quilts
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2005
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN-139780811844420
Rating
GenreCrafts, Quilting, Nonfiction, Sewing, Art

Denyse Schmidt Quilts Review

  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    You can love quilts and be a modernist!I love Denyse's style of clean lines and geometric shapes. Such a breath of fresh air from all the nasty froo-froo quilting going on out there. I am a good quilter but gave it up a few years ago because my tastes are more contemporary. I've been picking it up again lately, due in part to the inspiration from this book. What a Bunch of Squares is my favorite quilt in this book that I am going to make, maybe in just a throw size though.I would've given this b You can love quilts and be a modernist!I love Denyse's style of clean lines and geometric shapes. Such a breath of fresh air from all the nasty froo-froo quilting going on out there. I am a good quilter but gave it up a few years ago because my tastes are more contemporary. I've been picking it up again lately, due in part to the inspiration from this book. What a Bunch of Squares is my favorite quilt in this book that I am going to make, maybe in just a throw size though.I would've given this book 5 stars except for the fact that Denyse uses pattern pieces (given in the book) for her asymetrical geometric quilts. It's just not necessary to cut out your pieces with a pattern--WAY too much work. That's the whole point of this type of quilting--you do it all freehand.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This book is not just for quilters, but for crafters in general. Many great gift ideas including: coasters, bags, pillows, and quilts. Very modern styles! Totally recommend as an idea sparker.
  • Patricia W. Tidwell
    January 1, 1970
    20 projects and 10 quilts the title is misleading
  • Mhd
    January 1, 1970
    from library / varied projects / more about color & design
  • Erinn Batykefer
    January 1, 1970
    Denyse Schmidt is my favorite modern quilt designer. That said, I think her Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots is a much better book in terms of showcasing her particular talents and aesthetic.This book isn't bad per se, it's just not focused. There are highly advanced projects next to cutesy hand-sewn toy projects that anyone could do, which meant this title isn't practical as either a quilting text or a design text. I really like some of Denyse Schmidt is my favorite modern quilt designer. That said, I think her Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots is a much better book in terms of showcasing her particular talents and aesthetic.This book isn't bad per se, it's just not focused. There are highly advanced projects next to cutesy hand-sewn toy projects that anyone could do, which meant this title isn't practical as either a quilting text or a design text. I really like some of the projects (the riff on flying geese is particularly fabulous), and of course Denyse's fresh take on color and traditional re-interpretation shine through here and there. But I much prefer her later book (above) for an in-depth exploration of her aesthetic and influences.
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  • JayeL
    January 1, 1970
    Denyse Schmidt seems to be on a mission to singlehandedly get young people interested in quilt making. Her designs are simple and elegant and have interesting color combinations. The emphasis is not on matching points precisely, but making quilt projects with a lot of movement and fresh color choices. She also has a variety of different projects, one of which made me think that I actually could make a tote bag. Her writing style is fun. While some of the directions are a bit confusing, I think a Denyse Schmidt seems to be on a mission to singlehandedly get young people interested in quilt making. Her designs are simple and elegant and have interesting color combinations. The emphasis is not on matching points precisely, but making quilt projects with a lot of movement and fresh color choices. She also has a variety of different projects, one of which made me think that I actually could make a tote bag. Her writing style is fun. While some of the directions are a bit confusing, I think a beginner could walk away from this book with some nicely completed projects. I don’t usually buy project based quilt books, but I bought this one, because the designs stuck in my mind. And it is proving to be a good investment as I keep looking at it over and over.
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  • Kate W
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit that I haven't made anything from this book yet since I'm still working on my quilt with Asian fabrics. I however have a collection of Japanese indigos and tea-dyed muslin ready for her string quilt. I honestly want to make everything in the book. I used to work in a quilt shop and this book made some of the ladies there uncomfortable. Denyse's modern aesthetic goes against many conventional ideas in quilt-making. I found it refreshing that she mostly uses solid fabrics to show o I have to admit that I haven't made anything from this book yet since I'm still working on my quilt with Asian fabrics. I however have a collection of Japanese indigos and tea-dyed muslin ready for her string quilt. I honestly want to make everything in the book. I used to work in a quilt shop and this book made some of the ladies there uncomfortable. Denyse's modern aesthetic goes against many conventional ideas in quilt-making. I found it refreshing that she mostly uses solid fabrics to show off her bold designs. I would recommend going to the author's website dsquilts.com to view a larger range of her quilts.
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  • Marykickel
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe you are like me and like contemporary or modern country design and want to make a quilt. Well this is perfect. No ugly fabrics, or amish designs. Very contemporary and graphic designs. And although denyse gives no guidance once you've got the quilt sandwich basted together, at that point, you feel like a superstar because you are essentially looking at something close to a finished product. Besides, get yourself a walking foot for sewing machine and you are good to go. There are also small Maybe you are like me and like contemporary or modern country design and want to make a quilt. Well this is perfect. No ugly fabrics, or amish designs. Very contemporary and graphic designs. And although denyse gives no guidance once you've got the quilt sandwich basted together, at that point, you feel like a superstar because you are essentially looking at something close to a finished product. Besides, get yourself a walking foot for sewing machine and you are good to go. There are also small crafts, like photo frames, etc. If only i could find a pattern for schmidt's single girl quilt (a modern take on the double wedding ring)......
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the best part of the book was the first section where she talks about how she does things - pieces, quilts, etc. Very straight forward and got the point across in a very different way than other quilting books which are so technical as to be confusing. This would be excellent for someone starting out. The book itself was more valuable to me as a 'foster of ideas' than to make her quilts, which are cool, but are very much hers. It's a gorgeous book quality-wise and I'll definitely buy i I thought the best part of the book was the first section where she talks about how she does things - pieces, quilts, etc. Very straight forward and got the point across in a very different way than other quilting books which are so technical as to be confusing. This would be excellent for someone starting out. The book itself was more valuable to me as a 'foster of ideas' than to make her quilts, which are cool, but are very much hers. It's a gorgeous book quality-wise and I'll definitely buy it if I can find a second hand copy along my travels. Enjoy!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favorite of Denyse Schmidt's books thought I'm loving her book on traditional quilts made modern (will post that review later), but need to post my review of this book so that I don't check it out again from the public library. If you're brand new to sewing and are looking for simple and easy projects to make in a day or an introduction to what quilting is and how to incorporate that kind of stitching into functional, everyday objects like the Zigzag Bag or a scrap wrap, muffler, apron, o Not my favorite of Denyse Schmidt's books thought I'm loving her book on traditional quilts made modern (will post that review later), but need to post my review of this book so that I don't check it out again from the public library. If you're brand new to sewing and are looking for simple and easy projects to make in a day or an introduction to what quilting is and how to incorporate that kind of stitching into functional, everyday objects like the Zigzag Bag or a scrap wrap, muffler, apron, oven mitt and others then this might be the craft book for you.
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  • Leslie Graff
    January 1, 1970
    Adding a review as notes to myself:Very well done book with clear intro to quilting for the beginner. I appreciate her aesthetic but it isn't mine. I've never really made a minimalist quilt and although I could see making one, I don't think I'd need this book to show me how, but I've also been quilting for 25 years. Overall, a pretty book that doesn't need to sit on my bookshelf any more. Hopefully it will make a secondhand bookstore shopper happy!
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  • Crafterlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I actually sat down and read this book cover to cover. I think there is a ton of inspiration in it as well as practical knowledge about quilting/sewing.Perhaps if I had more experience with quilting I would have skipped a lot of it, but I have sewn just enough to understand what Schmidt is talking about and be able to pull new tidbits and tricks to make my work better. I love her style and I would make 95% of the projects she has in this book.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book for a beginner quilter that wants to learn how to make quilts with a modern twist. It gives in depth information on tools and techniques that will help you get started. I checked it out from the library since there are so many books on quilting, but I will definitely buy this one.
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  • Erika Mulvenna
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! Great instructions and tips on quilting,nice photos and clear directions. Great array of projects from simple little pieced projects to an entire quilt, including wearables and crafts. I personally love the Scrap Wrap scarf, the coasters, the Three Faces of Steve stuffie, and several of the quilts. A great addition to a Modern Quilter's bookshelf!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm ready to leave behind my editorial career and librarian aspirations for a career of quilting after reading this book. I enjoyed piecing together patchwork quilts when I was younger, but left the hobby behind as "old-fashioned" as I grew older. This book revived my passion and made me look at quilting in a whole new way.
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  • Summer
    January 1, 1970
    As a novice quilter, I found this one to be inspirational and super easy to use. I've made a couple versions of flying geese (one crib size, one queen size that is nearly complete) and will keep making more based on some of the other patterns. Highly recommended!
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I love the designs in this book, but I do not love that the patterns have to be blown up to huge sizes only done by special order at the copy shop! :)It has lot's of good quilting fundamentals for the beginner like me.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is full of beautiful pictures and ideas. However, many projects involve a fair amount of hand sewing, which I just don't believe in. I made one quilt from the book as well as a set of coasters. They were time consuming, but look great, if I do say so myself.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Got this book from the library and I love it!!! It is a perfect inspiration for the kind of modern simple quilts that I am attracted to. I am in the process of making one now that is a take off of one in this book. Wish me luck.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I've had this book for years. It's full of awesome projects that are explained in easy to understand way as long as you have at least a basic understanding of quilting. Still haven't gotten around to making my quilt, but hopefully this summer I will!
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  • Caro
    January 1, 1970
    Everything old is new again: not since the 60s have I seen so many patterns for aprons and cushions, with a Marimekko influence on colors and fabric choices. Nicely done if you like this kind of thing.
  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    I like the end result of the projects, but think that strip piecing would be better for most projects than using the templates. Either the goal is to make quilts just like hers or to get you to buy the book for the templates.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had more time to do some of the projects in here. This is on my wish list to own! I love her clean lines and geometric shapes. She also has a range of projects that include quilted cards! Denyse Schmidt Quilts
  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not super excited about most of what is in this book, but there are a few quilts that caught my eye...that I'd love to try out once I learn free-motion quilting: A day at the beach (109); Flock of triangles (113); the big zig (141). She uses really fun colors.
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  • Skye
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait to make one of her quilt patterns. I love her stuff, very simple.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love the projects in this book, especially the modern take that Schmidt has from some more traditional quilt patterns.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    One of the first craft book I HAD to buy. I read it obsessively for about a year. I've made a Steve, made my interpretation of a scarf p.57, and drooled over her design and colour sense.
  • Michelle Hoogterp
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the scrap scarf and the tri-tone quilt.
  • Jen Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    i didn't like the instruction part of this too much, some of the quilting patterns were nice tho, very clean and modern looks.
  • Angelam
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite all time quilt book. No ducks with bonnets or Kountry Kitchen type quilts. Slightly wonky and totally doable.
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