A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form.
Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for Windham Fabrics and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
This collection was inspired by the Five and Ten near the Cape Cod beach town where she spent my childhood summers. It was a magical place to visit. The store was crammed with all things bright and beachy from giant floaties and rafts, t-shirts, sun hats, umbrellas, and plastic pails. For rainy days there were dozens of puzzles, time-warp board games and toys, and decks of cards. Of course, there were also postcards galore to send home to your friends and every kind of colorful, tacky tourist souvenir.
"Five + Ten is just the ticket for bright and beautiful quilts, adorable clothes for kids, and all kinds of accessories for the beach or home. Have fun with it!" ~ Denyse