Here is my improv quilting challenge surprise! I am sneaking in one more podcast!
When I think of improvisational quilting, Denyse Schmidt is one of the first quilters that comes to mind. Her Single Girl quilt pattern is one of my favorites and I have a box of hoarded Katie Jump Rope fabrics. As you may recall, I was determined to use my Katie Jump Rope in my Scrappy Improv class with Jacquie Gering (my class review can be found here) and I used Katie Jump Rope for my Double Heart Love Quilt (the quilt made for a book review can be found here). I just love it!
[threecol_one] [/threecol_one] [threecol_one][/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last] [/threecol_one_last] Preparing for the podcast, I listened to/watched/read everything I could about Denyse. I watched her explain her fabric design process during the Creative Bug class on Fabric Design and her video series on Free Spirit Fabrics showed me her latest work and insight into her sewing space. Reading through her book, Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects,
excited me and I felt I was prepared for the interview. But Denyse surprised me.
We started talking about her creative journey. She grew up in a creative and practical family with three siblings. Her older sister inspired her when she went off to art school and exposed Denyse to a whole new world. We delve into her fabric and quilt design process and talk about how she teaches improvisational patchwork. I knew of her love for vintage fabrics and feedsack design. What surprised me is the connection she makes between all of these seemingly disparate things. Her love of shopping at the fabric stores with her mother is brought back to life when she is designing fabric. Feed sacks inspire her not only for their color but also their role as practical goods during American history. By combining all of her loves and passions, her story comes together full circle. All of her experiences and loves are brought together into her work. I love the connection she makes. Her stories have imparted those feelings in me when I see her fabrics and quilt designs. I hope you have a similar experience when you listen to the podcast.
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