Friday, May 4, 2012

Denyse Schmidt : Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration :: review and giveaway



A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the kind folks at Abrams Books if I'd like to review Denyse Schmidt's new book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. Of course, being the huge fan of Denyse's work that I am, I was thrilled to do it and quickly said yes. My book arrived last week and I've spent the last few days looking over and over this gorgeous book. It is simply stunning in so many ways.




This book is incredibly beautiful, so much so that I think that both quilters and non-quilters alike would enjoy it. Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration is just that: Denyse has designed twenty fresh quilts that were inspired by historical quilts and traditional patterns. Each quilt has an introduction where Denyse writes about the history of the pattern or about how a particular antique quilt has inspired her to create her own version with a new twist.

While I don't know Denyse personally, I really think that we get to hear her voice throughout the book in both the writing and the quilts themselves. In the introduction Denyse describes the events in her life that eventually led her to start her company, Denyse Schmidt Quilts, and how she always has had a love for both vintage textiles and design. The child of parents who created many beautiful--and useful--things by hand, it's no wonder that Denyse would become the quilter that she is today.

And of course, Denyse's voice continues to be heard in the quilts themselves, styled beautifully through her role as Art Director of the book, and captured in the stunning photography by John Gruen. The photographs range from gorgeous lifestyle photos to detail shots, as well as full images of the fronts of all the quilts. Here are a couple of my favorite photos. 



I love the Courthouse Steps quilt hanging from the rafters of a barn, above; and the Tobacco Leaf quilt, below, hung casually over a door with just a peek of the back showing is just so great.





The patterns in the book range from easy to challenging,  so there is something for every quilter, no matter his or her skill level. Although with Denyse's clear instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams, I'm sure even a beginner sewist or quilter could successfully complete one of the more complex patterns. The more challenging patterns in the book would certainly take quite a bit of time to finish, but Denyse gently reminds us that a quilt doesn't have to be finished in one day; rather, especially traditionally speaking, quilting is often a slow craft and can be a welcome change of pace from the busy lives that most of us lead today. 





There is a section in the book devoted to Tools, Materials, & Techniques in which Denyse provides a really good overview with lots of great essentials on the the process of quilt making. The book also includes a pull-out section of full-scale patterns in the back that are required for some of the projects. 





Modern Quilts, Traditional Patterns is a must have book for any quilter. And as I said above, I honestly think non-quilters would appreciate it as well. Besides being full of inspiring patterns and a wealth of information on quilting, with its gorgeous photography, Modern Quilts, Traditional Patterns would make a stunning addition to any library.  


And, since my birthday was a couple of weeks ago, Jeff had already purchased a copy of the book for me as a gift, so now I have two! And I'd love to share a copy of Modern Quilts, Traditional Patterns with one of you, so how about another giveaway? 


To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite traditional quilting pattern is. Be sure that your email is either in the comment or connected to your blogger profile so I can let you know if you're the winner. Thank you!

That's it! I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner and the giveaway will be open until Friday, May 11, 2012 at midnight ET. International entries are welcome. Good luck!


Denyse Schmidt's Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration is an STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book and can be purchased at your local book store or your favorite online retailer, or you can order a signed copy on Denyse's site here

:: And one more quick bloggy housekeeping note, I was not compensated for this review. :: 

92 comments:

Marian said...

Wonderful book! I'm excited to get my own copy I hope! I really like the Ohio stars block. One of the first quilts I made was an Ohio star quilt, so I am fond of that one. Thanks for the giveaway and happy belated birthday!!

Mary P said...

I have always loved the double wedding ring pattern but just haven't brought myself to make one yet.

Becky M said...

My favorite traditional quilt pattern is the double wedding ring wich I just finally tackled!
Happy belated birthday!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love Log Cabins. Thanks for the giveaway.

randi--i have to say said...

I love Drunkard's Path. So fun and funky!

B Greene said...

I love any traditional star block - My first quilt was a Tennessee Waltz and we still use it everyday! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

Pippa Parsons said...

Its my birthday on the 17th :O) I'd love to win a book for it..please mr random :O)
I love the Irish chain quilt patterns but don't think I've got the patience ever to make one...perhaps one day

janie said...

NOW... it's the OHIO STAR !

Lyanna L. said...

What a fantastic book! I'd love to own it. My favorite block is the cathedral windows block. So gorgeous! =)

RSHudson said...

I really like Double Wedding Ring and Irish Chain, although I've never made either! This looks like a great book; thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

EG said...

I love traditional stars - all varieties!

Gill said...

This looks a great book! I like the Tobacco Leaf quilt!
My favourite pattern is flying geese!

Amorette said...

i do not know enough about traditional quilting to have a good opinion- lots seem to be quilted with flowers or echo. and i do like echo!

Christina said...

My favorite is Disappearing 9 Patch. I have been wanting this book as soon as I heard it was coming out! christina112358 at gmail dot com

Monica said...

My favorite pattern would have to be Ocean Waves since I'm a bit of a half square triangle junkie.

Thanks for the chance to win! I've been wanting this book for a while now.

Diane said...

My favorite traditional pattern is shoo fly. A nod to my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Thanks for the giveaway.

Margaret said...

I don't really have a favorite I guess. I love to try new blocks and old ones too. I have only been sewing for about 4 years so I haven't had time to chose one that I like best.

Linda said...

LOOKS LIKE A REALLY NEAT BOOK! WOULD LOVE TO WIN IT! MY FAVORITE TRADITIONAL BLOCK IS LOG CABIN.
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Pamela V said...

I'm a fan of star blocks....living in Cincinnati, I would say the Ohio Star is my favorite :-)

Sinta Renee said...

I love DS style and I'm so excited for this book! One way or another I want to get my hands on it! My favorite traditional quilt block? Basket blocks are so sweet but I really love the simplicity of Monkey Wrench.

JoyceLM said...

My love cabins - there are so many different variation, I'll never get tired of them. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laurel09 said...

I haven't done that many traditional blocks, but I think my favorite that I have done was called Friendship Star. I actually like almost all star blocks. And the double wedding ring pattern is always stunning.

SewLindaAnn said...

My fave is the Log Cabin block. I love the idea of a red center signifying home and hearth. I also like that playing around with sizes and colors you can make different pictures.

Angie said...

I love log cabins. They have so many options.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Eu amo todas as estrelas,elas literalmente iluminam meu céu(quarto de costura).Eu concordo que colchas não tem que ser feitas em um dia ou um mês,por isso gosto de ter sempre alguma (muitas) em andamento.Um exemplo disso é que todas as minhas noites são uma realização,é um vício que aprendi com a minha bisavó,que são os hexágonos e tudo que é pp.Obrigada por tão generoso presente.E olhe que quem deveria estar sendo presenteada era você...PARABÉNS E TUDO DE BOM QUE A VIDA POSSA TE OFERECER.BEIJOS.

Jean said...

OOH, what a beautiful book. I'm totally intrigued by that tobacco leaf photo. I'm so loving that!

Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Christine Traub said...

Irish Chain Is one of my favourite traditional blocks. Thanks for the chance to win :o))

Ella said...

I like me some Churn Dashes. I love looking at wedding ring quilts, but I haven't ever tried one.

Jennie P. said...

I love drunkard's paths and log cabins.

Diann said...

My favorite traditional pattern is Carrie Nation.

free indeed said...

I to like the Irish Chain quilts and I have a scrappy triple Irish chain on my things to do. I love so many of the old patterns and prefer the scrappy look...just old fashiioned I guess, but what lovely things Denyse did giving them a modern twist!

Candice said...

I LOVE all the state star blocks!! :) I have wanted this book for quite a while :)

Stephanie C. said...

I don't have a favorite pattern, as I've not made a quilt--yet. But I love your pinwheel pattern, so I'll pick that!

Carla said...

I was checking this book out last night at Amazon and it looks really intersting. My favorite block is a log cabin block. You can really do some fun quilts with it!


cavjav at cox dot net

Paul said...

I have two favorites... Drunkard's Path and Disappearing Nine Patch.

Thanks for the Opportunity to win!

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

Jenny said...

i never ever tire of working on log cabin blocks...my ultimate favorite! thanks for the review and chance to win!

Melissa said...

Irish Chain

crafter1953 said...

Hi, I love any pattern that I can find in the old book my grandmother made of old quilts she found in newspapers from all over. She had clips from newspapers from when she was a little girl and taught how to quilt. I would love to win this book.

Esch House Quilts said...

My copy of this book just arrived in the mail today! I flipped through it and it looks wonderful.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Hi, thanks for this giveaway, I am a dresden plate fan, just writing up the tutorials for my blog. Blended Fabric Quilts.
Carli

Diane said...

I'm a sucker for flying geese, in any kind of block. Thanks for the give away.
d-fulton@tds.net

Allison C said...

My fav traditional pattern is the double wedding ring.

Debra Lee said...

I would have to pick flying geese!

Bethany Smith said...

I love the simplicity of a nine patch block - could really make a ton of those!

Diane Wild said...

For some reason I always come back to saying the Sister's Choice is my favorite block. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks remarkable.

Rosa said...

I always love log cabin blocks and stars blocks.Thanks!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I would love to get my hands on this! Pinwheels are my gave traditional pattern, so many possibilities!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I like anything stars.

Jennifer O. said...

I love the simplicity of an Irish chain quilt. Thank you for the change to win. Denyse's book is on my wish list.

CarolB said...

I love stars, any kind of stars! My first bed-sized quilt, started in 1979, was a sampler quilt of 30 different stars, all hand-pieced -- and hand-drafted with cereal-box templates, because that's how my friend who taught me did it. I knew nothing about rotary cutters for many years! I can't choose a "favorite" star because they are like children -- all special! I would love to win Denyse Schmidt's book. Thanks for the opportunity.
CarolB

SuzyMcQ said...

Hi, I just found you after hopping around and love your designs! Seeing this giveaway was just an extra bit of wonderfulness! Thanks so much!

Karrie S said...

I like Irish Chain quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

quilt happy said...

granny squares and thanks for the chance to win that quilting book

robin said...

My favorite is Bear's Paw.

Jenelle said...

My favorite pattern is probably the string block. I love the color and movement you get from such a simple configuration and the fact that you can use those itty bitty scraps. I hope you had a very happy birthday!

Margaret said...

I love Irish Chain. I'm going to make a scrappy one once I accumulate enough scraps.

Sharon said...

Oh what a wonderful gift to get 2 of...I would love to win a copy of this book.....I have to tell you I have a few traditional blocks that I love but I am going to stick with the "log cabin block" it is so verstile and looks good with anything or on anything....thanks for the gift a way......

Kirsten N said...

I really like log cabins - they always look lovely!

Amy said...

I tend to get drawn to Jacob's Ladder blocks - they are sooo different depending on what fabrics you use, whether it is 2 colours or several, and where the dark goes vs the light fabrics. I have two heiroom quilts in the family of a Jacob's ladder quilt in pink and white and briwn and mustard yellow and thay are both so different I love them. Would love to win - thanks for the chance.

Fran said...

My favourite traditional quilt pattern is the log cabin - I love how it is so versatile. Thanks for the fantastic review 7 for the lovely giveaway.

Hitch and Thread said...

What a great giveaway. My favourite is 1000 pyramids.

BarbM said...

Great book! Log cabin, including wonky.

TammyW said...

I love the Double Wedding Ring. My grandmother had a beautiful Double Wedding Ring quilt on her guest bed. I've never made one but it's on my "to do" list.

WalkingMissMolly said...

I love the log cabin block. It can be changed around so many different ways...and has also transitioned into modern/wonky.

Thanks for the chance....

walkingmissmolly at gmail.com

Tara said...

I love the double wedding ring pattern :) happy belated bday!

Tamie said...

I love New York Beauty- a definite challenge.

heidiabc said...

I must not have hinted well enough, my birthday was the other day and I so wanted to receive this book! :) I love log cabins, but am wanting ot make a Jacob's ladder quilt in the near future. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Jen B said...

My favorite is the churn dash. I love how different it can look with different fabric placement.

Jennyroo said...

Classic log cabin, of course!

kay said...

Nine-patch is my favorite, especially the Double Nine-Patch version.

Lindsay Conner said...

I have become a fan of the New York Beauty pattern sine the quilt along--fun to see traditional patterns mixed with solids or modern fabrics. :) Thanks for the giveaway and sneak peek of the book!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a terrific review. Looks like an amazing book and the pictures are gorgeous. I love any kind of star blocks but then again I love the Log Cabin. There are so many wonderful traditional blocks.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win a great book.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna~~ said...

I love old floral applique patterns, and dresden plates and wedding rings, although I love most anything in the right colors. (Love Denyse's quilt patterns--so fun!) Looks like a great book to own--cross fingers! :)

Courtney said...

My favorite traditional pattern is definitely flying geese. :)

memyselfandthemunchkins at gmail dot com

Lisa Marie said...

I like the Log Cabin pattern for its versatility. It can have so many different looks!

Ramona said...

I love how Denyse Schmidt created the Courtyard Steps. A quilt that looks like a quilt block! Love it.

hueisei said...

I love drunkard's path pattern and also log cabins.

Jeana said...

I love the disappearing nine patch - so many options to make beautiful things with it! Thanks for the chance!

Ali said...

The truth is I have no favorite, I am new to quilting and only working on my fourth quilt. I am more interested in modern quilting than traditional, so I don't know I'm informed enough about traditional stuff.
Hmm but wait! I think snails trails squares are probably considered that? I'm doing a cat quilt that has the four cat body blocks attached to a central cat tail snail trail block. I think they are pretty cool and I'll probably use a snail trail block again in a future quilt.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Carmen said...

So awesome of you to offer this up! I've browsed through it and I absolutely need this book:)

Favourite block...I'm not sure -- I was gonna say Swoon! I think it'll eventually become a traditional one though, in the year 2112 or something:) Thanks again!

Marcia W. said...

The quilts posted are beautiful. I already want to make some of these. Traditional quilts: I like to make four and nine patch grid blocks. Sometimes the patches themselves are more intricate.
Please enter me into the draw for a copy of this wonderful book.

Kathrynn said...

I like the nine patch and grandmothers flower garden. Happy belated birthday.

Unknown said...

My favorite pattern is Flying Geese. I guess that Flying Geese can do so many things, many modern. I've yet to explore this design in the way I would like...seems to have lots of potential.
Thanks for your blog and the chance to win Denyse's book. It sounds great!
Joanna

thegoose said...

My favorite is probably Jacob's ladder.

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I like log cabin!

Barbara Konkle said...

I like log cabin and thank you so much for a fun giveaway! My email: barbara(dot)m(dot)konkle@gmail.com

CathyH said...

I love Grandmother's Flower Garden. I could sew Hexies all day. (Well, I have! I started this quilt in 1982. Not done yet!)

Jenn said...

This looks like such a lovely book! I am excited to see it!

Beth said...

How thoughtful of Jeff to choose a gift for you that is such a good fit.

I'm rather a fan of log cabins. There is so much that can be done with them, whether by playing with color, layout, or variation. Think Courthouse Steps or the Converging Corners quilt on Ashley's Film in the Fridge blog.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

fotohok said...

I've been thinking of trying a different kind of Irish Chain but I also love hawaiian applique quilts.

Mariel said...

Right now it's courthouse steps. And log cabin will always be a favorite.

Danielle

PS my word verification is olivar.... So close to oliver! Heh

Kate said...

I love the tumbler quilt pattern

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