Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fabric designer crush: Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt fabric crush
One of the first fabric designers I knew of by name was Denyse Schmidt. It may have been when the original Flea Market Fancy line was just out. And that was definitely love at first sight. And I have been a fan ever since. I'm squirreling away DS fabric whenever I can. Of course, I especially fall in love with the designs she does for JoAnn's which are almost impossible to get here in the UK.

So in a way it's a good thing that my sister lives in the US, I can have fabric sent to her address so I don't have to pay crazy shipping (and potentially import tax as well, ouch!) to the UK. My parents then bring the fabric to Denmark where I pick it up on our next visit. Or they bring it when they visit us. I have great patience when it comes to fabrics by now! ;-)

Denyse Schmidt fabric crush
I love the use of colour in her designs, and that there are a lot of flowers or floral-y elements. Just so pretty. Some of the designs do have a definite vintage feel, but the use of more contemporary colours bring them up to date. So pretty.

For a looong while I didn't have any plan for the DS fabrics, but last year I decided that I would use them to make a hexagon quilt. The DS fabrics usually have fairly small designs, so they work well for the 1" hexies I am using. And there are lots of flowers, yay! It is going to be a slooow project, since all the hexagons are going to be hand pieced. But I like that it's a project that won't be finished for a while.



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