Category Archives: Denyse Schmidt

Packing, moving, letting go…

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Tonight I’m sitting on the floor of the sewing room, eating dinner and reflecting on this space and all that has happened here.

This in progress quilt on the as yet unpacked design wall is the last project I will work on in this home. The home that had housed my husbands family for more than forty years, where his Mum crafted for all those years. Crochet, lacework, quilts, spinning, knitting, cross stitch, tatting, embroidery, dress making. There is a whole lot of creative energy here in this home and I’m finding myself wanting to hold on to it, to pack it up and take it on an adventure. Do you think I can find a way to bottle it?

The quilt :: improv blocks started in Denyse Schmidt’s improv piecing class at QuiltCon in February. I’ve finished all the blocks I had fabric for so am going to add yarn dyed Essex linen in natural (purchased from marmalade fabrics, also at QuiltCon) to make up to a queen size for our bed. I’m thinking I might spread the blocks out randomly to make them look almost like they’ve been thrown on the linen. Thoughts on layout gratefully accepted!

Weaving a basket…

…I imagine, must take a whole lot of time. And patience. Neither of which I have in great abundance. However, I recently had cause and inspiration to weave a basket of the quilty kind.

With the middle small by my side snipping the threads between the chain piecing, and by roping in anyone who happened to call by the house, this quilt came together in a flurry of activity and with very little thought or effort in a relatively short amount of time. I did modify the pattern from the book and in my typical fashion, I messed up the measurements for my version. With a little help from a maths minded friend, I was able to improvise my way out of what could have been an enormous waste of fabric!

As the quilt was destined to be a family picnic rug, I used repurposed fabrics including scraps leftover from previous projects and some pieces from my growing stash of second hand fabrics found on trips to op shops {thrift stores}. This project contains an assortment of remnants of seersucker tablecloths, silk taffeta, linen from a skirt, a bag and my maternity pants (won’t be needing those ever again!), cotton drill kitchen curtains and a wild 1970′s paisley poly/cotton blend which was used as the backing. It was great fun to throw together an odd bunch of texture, quality and colour and come out with something fun and practical.

My favourite part of making a quilt, always, is seeing it put to use. I am not precious about the quilts I make for home. We have picnicked, slept and snuggled on and under this and I love that my family can wrap themselves in Mumma love and comfort on a chilly afternoon.

NOTE: This quilt came to be as occasionally I am privileged to be able to review books for Whip up. My most recent review was of Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. When I opened the pages and saw the Basketweave quilt, I quietly desired immediately HAD to have a version of it.