Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Epic Denyse Schmidt Quilt

In the world of fabric designers there's a few big names and one of my favorites is Denyse Schmidt. I started quilting back years ago when you could still find the original Flea Market Fancy bolts on the shelves for $8-9 a yard and Katie Jump Rope was just being released. Now scraps of both of those lines can go for lots and lots of money!

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I've collected lots and lots of DS fabric over the years with Katie Jump Rope being my favorite line EVER. I luckily bought a bunch of it when it first came out but then also have spent lots of money and time tracking down more of it as it became increasingly popular in the past few years.

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I've gone back and forth so many times about what I wanted to do with these pretty fabrics .... and finally decided on a simple, pretty, classic quilt for the end of my bed.

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I'm not sure exactly what this block is called - my Instagram friend Tamiko made a quilt awhile ago with blocks like these that I fell in love with. Does anyone happen to know what this block is called? I've seen it called a Dutch Pinwheel or Windmill but that doesn't check out using any of the online quilt block sites. It's just simple 4" half square triangles. Aren't half square triangles awesome - so many great things you can do with them in quilt layouts.

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Here's the whole group of fabrics together - including my BFF Darci on Skype holding a stack that she was sending me because we split a bundle of fabrics from #TheGreatFabricDestash! I'm using Katie Jump Rope, Flea Market Fancy (both reprint and original) and some of her prints from her lines at JoAnns. Darci & I made a pact together to both sew a quilt this year with our Denyse Schmidt fabric - and we know they're going to be awesome which is why we're calling the project The Epic Denyse Schmidt Quilt(s).

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I'm also going to piece the whole thing on my Singer Featherweight! I need to blog about it still, but I fell in love with Featherweights after seeing my friend Elisa sew on one at our sewing nights, and finally bought one on eBay. It's AMAZING how this machine 70+ years old sews so wonderfully. The fact that it's small and easily transportable is just a bonus!

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I need to cut about a billion more squares so I can make more blocks, but I'm super happy with the 6 blocks I have done so far & can't wait to see how this quilt is going to come together! I need 42 blocks in total. It's going to take awhile but this is a project I want done so badly I want to work on it all the time!

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4 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - this will be such an amazing quilt when all done. Yum!

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  2. Can't wait to see more. I love Katie Jump Rope and I wish I had bought some back then.

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  3. Ooh, glad to see you guys have started it!

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  4. I used this block recently, I have no idea what it's called, but I love it. That is a LOT of fabric, surely you have enough for 5 or 6 DS quilts with that?

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