I am a huge Denyse Schmidt fan. I have purchased most of her collections, and have used them in several quilts. I am jealously hoarding my leftover scraps for future projects. One of her earlier groups that I missed out on, was one called Katie Jump Rope. Oh my gosh was that collection of fabric beautiful, and I missed out on it forever, I thougt. Denyse's designs are kind of 40's retro, with a modern vibe. Always charming and very interesting prints.
Well, her fabric company is Free Spirit, and they have just recently come out with a new collection by Denyse also called Katie Jump Rope. I can tell you the fabric has the same feel as the original designs of the same name, but I don't believe they are repeated exactly. The fat quarter bundles on the top left and right are from the newly released Katie Jump Rope group. The two bundles on the bottom left and right are from her New Bedford collection. I believe these are all still available from Fatquartershop.com. I have some ideas for using these, which I will share with you all once my ideas come together more completely.
If you are a fan of Lori Holt (Riley Blake), but get somewhat weary of the heavy dose of the cuteness factor in her lines, you might like Denyse Schmidt. Her fabrics have a similar vintage feel and similar color palette, but are somehow more sophisticated and 40's authentic feeling.
The photos below are of two quilts i have made using primarily Denyse Schmidt fabrics.