Spring Quilt Market 2012: FreeSpirit/Westminster – Denyse Schmidt

Like a lot of other “Modern Quilter” hoodlums, the first quilting book I ever owned was Denyse Schmidt Quilts. It completely shaped the way I make quilts, so of course I was a bit intimidated to meet The Denyse Schmidt!

Denyse’s new fabric collection Chicopee (arriving in stores third quarter of 2012!) is bright and peppy, as was her booth this year. Half of the booth was a giant inspiration wall to show the many influences Denyse had in designing the collection (and in creating her new book, Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration): Hawaiian appliqué, 70s fashion photos, and midcentury paintings, just to name a few.

Chicopee manages to synthesize these many diverse influences into a fun and modern grouping which is, like all of Denyse’s collections, very easy to imagine using. The mostly small-scale prints could incorporate themselves into any kind of project, and really typify the classic “retro/modern” feel that DS is known for. The line has 26 quilting cottons (in two colorways) as well as six fine-wale corduroys.

Now having met Denyse, I can tell you that she really is as easygoing and fun as her work would lead one to believe. She has the Cool Artist vibe that is so hard to maintain after college (without turning into Crazy Aunt), and she was willing to look at pictures of my cat. Of course, the cat was on a Spool quilt, so it wasn’t completely without context…


{ photos and reporting by Lauren Hunt of My Aunt June }


  1. Vicki says:

    Hi Lauren!
    So cool that you got to meet Denyse. This fabric line is gorgeous, love the oranges!

  2. Valerie says:

    Hi, I just purchased your book and I love it so far!!!! You did an Amazing job and I love your blog as well!

  3. Sarah Watson says:

    What a pretty and inspiring booth. Denyse was the first person I ever heard of that was a ‘quilter’. At first I thought, what is that? Little did I know…

  4. patty says:

    I was more nervous meeting Denyse than when I met Richie Sambora or Michael Stipe or Jimmy Buffet! She was very nice and was happy to my brother take our picture.