Are you feeling a bit of nostalgia? In the mood for fabric that takes you back to fond memories of a grandmother’s kitchen or grandfather’s den? Then Stonington by Denyse Schmidt might be just what you need. Back in April, I received yardage from Free Spirit to make samples for Spring Quilt Market. For starters, I made a rectangular pillow with a hidden zipper in one end. Here’s the cover sans pillow form.When I’m working with fabrics for Market, I’m especially cognizant of the designer’s aesthetic. I do my best to design projects that work with that aesthetic. For Denyse, it’s easy. Her style incorporates the use of negative space. So for the pillow I gave the patchwork nice hard edges to make them really stand out on the solid background.Although when it came to the bag, I left the negative space out of the equation and worked it all in an improv style. It still speaks to Denyse’s aesthetic generally. Specifically, it has that boho vibe in keeping with Denyse’s statement about the collection:
“Stonington perfectly captures the confident individuality of Denyse’s Yankee heritage, and evokes a beautiful preppy/bohemian vibe with cool understatement. Think 70’s rock stars, Ali McGraw, patchwork everything, tiered flounces, lots of prints mixed together, big floppy hats, wide-legged pants, and scarves galore. Ten coordinating patterns in three salty colorways (Lobster, Twist, and Dungaree) offer a range of hues and texture, with plenty of hi/lo volume to combine and contrast. Practical and fanciful, Stonington is your go-to collection – the possibilities are endless!”
You’ll be able to find a free pattern for this bag on the MakeItCoats website soon. If things settle down a bit here, I’d like to walk you through the improv process in a blog post. It’s a lot of fun and worth trying at least once.
The tote uses a 2 1/2″ design roll so keep that in mind for any jelly rolls you might have languishing (I mean, waiting) on your shelves or in your stash. And if you’d like a bit of additional inspiration by way of a virtual quilt idea, I’ve got you covered.Stonington ships to stores this month.