Designer Tidbits: Denyse Schmidt - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Denyse Schmidt

While Denyse Schmidt’s new collection, Chicopee, ships this FRIDAY (8/10/12), we thought you would want a sneak peek before it leaves the shop. Chicopee from Free Spirit Fabrics is a blast from the past, from the east coast during the 1970’s to be exact. Channel your inner Marsha Brady while Denyse chats with us about her collection and inspiration.

Q: What inspired this Chicopee?
A:The overall feeling of the designs is inspired by my junior and senior years of high school, growing up in Central Massachusetts. It was a time of Earth shoes, Levi’s cords, and cute senior boys in paisley shirts. I watched a lot of TV which no doubt influenced my formative fashion sense, including Mary Tyler Moore, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, reruns of the Monkees, F-Troop, and Sonny and Cher.

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:Well, I haven’t really had time to make all the things I really want to. I did make up my Cog & Wheel pattern in Chicopee and I think it looks great. I really, really want to make a skirt (or if I thought I could get away with it at my age – a jumper) out of the ‘relish’ plaid fine wale corduroy.

Q: What would be your collection’s theme song?
A:I Think I Love You, by the Partridge Family.

Q:If you could live in a movie, what movie would it be?
A:Any BBC or A&E period British drama based on a literary classic – Jane Austen, Dickens, George Elliot. Or, the skating scene in The Bishop’s Wife.

Q:What do you get nostalgic over?
A:Simpler, slower times. Phones that ring when you aren’t at home. Old hardware and dry goods stores.

Q:What is your favorite TV show of all time?
A: I have seen the 1996 remake of Pride and Prejudice many, many times. When I was young I loved Merv Griffen and the Avengers.

Q:What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?
A: “ I like your bag – I think”. From a very high up person at Martha Stewart Living.


  1. A trip down memory lane with wonderful fabrics. But I do not understand the name Chicopee for the collection.
    Did you ask that question or do you know?
    Please tell.

  2. Reading your interview makes me 'want to like' your fabric. You and I have to be about the same age.