Class Project: Denyse Schmidt

I finished a class project from last summer. I took this class with Denyse Schmidt while at the Slow Stitching Retreat in Washington, Maine.

It is hand applique and is an original design called Laid-back Hawaiian Style Applique by Denyse for the Slow Stitching Retreat. It is now available on her website.

I hung it on the wall in my office beside my Carolyn Friedlander Collections quilt. The fabric is from Stitch in Dye in Austin, Texas. It finished at 22″ by 22″ and it is hand quilted.

On a ship from Switzerland.

My sewing machine, Bernina 1630, has been in the shop since March 4, 2014 — six weeks and counting. It needs a part from the manufacturer, located in Switzerland. I just learned Bernina doesn’t ship parts as they are ordered. They pack a container, full of machines and parts, and when it is full, they ship to the U.S. on a ship. Once here, the machines and parts are offloaded and shipped to a distribution center in Chicago.

There is no way to know if my part was placed in an empty container, waiting for it to be full, or if it was one of the lucky last passengers.

I have had nightmares, fearing my sewing machine part is lost at sea. I channeled those thoughts into a quilt:

Bernina: lost at sea.

Bernina: lost at sea.

I hand appliqued the “Bernina part” and quilted “the water” by hand. I used the backing as the binding.

I know you’re wondering — Switzerland doesn’t have a sea port. Right? I did some sightseeing on the country’s website: MySwitzerland.com. And it looks marvelous, but no port. Lots of water, though — “land of water” per the website. “Switzerland. Get Natural.” That’s the theme of the website. Tempting!

I’ve been told I can’t fly to Switzerland and pick up the part. I just have to wait for my ship to come in.