* Denyse Schmidt Quilts and so can I

Posted on January 29th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Here’s the finished quilt top. It’s not quite how I imagined it, but I’m still pretty satisfied. The colors are too contrasty for one thing (should’ve chosen a darker light blue) and the tan is drabber than I’d imagined. The size is all wrong too, since I oh-so-cleverly reduced the block size from 400% to 300%. This trick caused the seam allowances to also go off, which caused a cascade of size adjustments. The log cabin piecing really lets you get away with a lot, though, so I think I’m the only one who can tell just how screwed up it is. The not-square pattern also helps in this regard. I’m just praying it doesn’t come apart when I wash it.

The back is a nice chocolate brown heavier weight solid, and I haven’t decided about the binding yet. Depends on whether I have enough brown left at the end. Now, on to the quilting.


Does anyone else get really caught up in arranging the blocks? I’m thinking I might write a little program to help. It’s such a logic puzzle to alternate the colors and the values and make sure no block is the same as its neighbor, plus keeping it all balanced but asymmetrical. I didn’t think ahead when I decided which colors to make which blocks, so I think this particular quilt might not have a solution. For example, you can see that I have 2 dark greens and 2 light greens in the same column. This bothers me waaaaay more than it should.

16 Responses to “Denyse Schmidt Quilts and so can I”

  1. Angela haglund Says:

    I love it! Wonderful. I think the key is NOT to get too caught up in worrying about it. I mean, well yes, you have to definitely plan an arrangement, but I think it helps if you do it more instinctively. Stand back and squint at it basically LOL.

  2. abbyjane Says:

    How do you plan to quilt it? I need to get started quilting a baby quilt for my soon-to-be-born niece and I’m so intimidated.

  3. rose Says:

    Looks good! I definitely get caught up in color patterns. Although I use the “stand back and squint” technique, a program would be very interesting!

  4. Nichola Says:

    I think it looks great!

  5. Blair Says:

    It looks wonderful. I really love the way D.S. quilt tops go together, they are very forgiving and allow you to really play with the colors, its always exciting to see what comes together. I have not starting playing around with placement of the squares on my D.S. quilt top yet, but I may be a likely candidate for spending too much time on something like that, so if you make a program, let me know.

  6. Sandrine (alias Didine!) Says:

    OH my god !! It’s so perfect !!! and you know that the 2 dark greens I didn’t saw them before you talked about ?!!! So please, just tell you it’s so perfect like that !! Smooches !

  7. sasha Says:

    Dude, don’t sweat it, it looks great! Once it’s quilted, it will be just plain old perfect, and everyone will want one but you’ll have to decline humbly and say “ah…it’s a one of a kind, I rarely reproduce my works” and laugh coyly.

  8. amy k. Says:

    looks wonderful! and i now what you mean about the blocks,I get nutty about them too (but i’m not smart enough to write a program for it-jeez!!)

  9. tanya Says:

    this is lovely and symmetrical, it flows…maybe if you stand back..

  10. lyn Says:

    I think it’s beautiful, and yes- I too have been known to stand and stare at small pieces of fabric for hours on end.

  11. homuncula Says:

    OK, maybe I am crazy, but in my happy little thought-picture world, a pink binding would look incredibly cool. Great piecing! I am making a DS quilt… one of these days…

  12. kelly Says:

    it looks gorgeous! let us know what you end up doing on the quilting end… i’m definitely right there with you on the rearranging blocks syndrome… sometimes, i just have to learn to let it go!

  13. ~mary~ Says:

    so lovely! beautiful work!

  14. carolyn Says:

    i’m going to be making that quilt as well altho my colors are wildly different than yours :) what size did you wind up making?

  15. meg Says:

    It is a beautiful quilt. Have you quilted it yet? I just got around to looking at the denyse schmidt book and was surprised that there are hardly any instructions on how to actually quilt the quilt. How did you do it?

  16. lb Says:

    I just made my first quilt and I used Microsoft Excel to play with the colors/blocks. I made the cells approximately square and then shaded them with colors/patterns to approximate my fabric. I really like the shapes in your quilt.


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