Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Modern Quilts & A Summer Fabric Sale...

Modern, bright, cheerful and spare design. This about sums up the newest wave in quilt design, although we have been enjoying "modern" since the turn of the last century! The colors and simplicity seem to be drawn from the Amish. The colors and subjects are everyday. Many of our favorites are the quilts designed by Denyse Schmidt. She has a company in Bridgeport, Ct. Her designs are colorful some feature spare patterns from nature, others feel somewhat like the Gee Bend gals interpretations of quilt deign. Sometime ago Denyse had a book published that is worth a look. Even if only for sheer inspiration.
Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects By Denyse Schmidt, Bethany Lyttle - Chronicle Books In "Denyse Schmidt Quilts," the ultimate resource for the home quilter, Schmidt reveals the secrets behind her most popular designs. Thirty projects range from the simple to the challenging, from patchwork slippers and aprons to tote bags and pillows to her beloved quilt patterns, offering something for every level of quilter. Schmidt reviews the fundamentals of quilting and provides easy-to-follow instructions, patterns, sewing tips, and an artful approach to design basics. With engaging wisdom and beautiful step-by-step color photography throughout, "Denyse Schmidt Quilts" will inspire beginning and skilled crafters alike to embrace this age-old tradition with a new and modern twist.
We are also inspired by the quilting avatars from Gee Bend. This particular group of folks were ahead of their time. One fun and interesting they did was to use old denim and other found fabrics mixed with vibrant colored fabric. These quilts are a treat and every bit as modern today as the day they were created. Good modern quilting inspiration is all around. "Google" "Modern Quilts", and click on the images. You will not only be absolutely inspired but also delighted and enchanted. Life is a big bowl of Arty Beauty. Sew, create and add to the bounty. The world can never have enough.
Mary Jo's Cloth always has well over 100 choices on the SALE page. We also carry many of the lines you may be looking for at the best price. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please click on the Ask Mary Jo icon on the upper right side of the webpage, and send us a note. We will do our best to get you the fabric or other information you are seeking.
Enjoy these lovely summer days, and when it rains, work on one of your many quilting projects. Life is short, fill your hours with everything that you love.
Do you have a quilt or project to share? Please send an email, with a brief description and a photo or two. You could be our next featured article.

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