ICFF 2006: Denyse Schmidt Quilts

ICFF 2006: Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Shannon Holman
May 22, 2006

Denyse Schmidt Quilts has been in business for ten years, operating out of the old American Fabrics Company factory in Bridgeport, CT, but seems to have arrived this year at the "sweet spot" where an individual's designs match flush with the market's demands. Denyse's designs seemed to me to sound the tone of this year's ICFF: a chord made up of machine-made modernism, bold color, and the humanism of hand-crafted work.

Denyse designs textiles and has a line of paper goods, but quilts are her bread and butter. She uses a few different production models: Amish ladies hand-quilt for her 'Couture Quilts,' a woman-owned Indian company produces the Sarita Handa line from her designs, and the Works quilts are machine-sticthed in the Bridgeport factory.

The Works quilts are my favorites, with big blocks of color that provide a field of calm, and inlays of stitched fabric for visual interest. If they're to your taste too, now's the time to buy: Denyse is celebrating her tenth anniversary by donating 10% of profits to The National Marfan Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association.


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