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January 2, 2022
Coded Heart quilt, the pink one from Zarkadia Quilts

I have always been a fan of video games, and Super Mario was a part of my childhood. My inspiration for making this pattern was the Mario pixelated heart. I drafted the design, simplified it from a quilters’ point of view, and Tadah!!! 

Meet the Coded Heart quilt

A fun and beginner friendly pattern that has no HSTs and is really forgiving with beginner mistakes. It makes your fabrics pop-up, and is totally fat quarter friendly!

Quilt Sizes
The pattern includes instructions for a number of quilt sizes ...

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December 25, 2021
Postage Stamp Quilt from A Little Bit Biased

 Hi friends!  Today I have a really special (long) post for you!
Today I want to share a quilt that took me two years 
and about 85 hours to complete - my Postage Stamp quilt!

I got so many questions on Instagram every time I posted pictures of this project 
so I will try to cover all the FAQ's here.  First, let me start at the beginning...


My grandmother passed away in October 2019.  
She was the one who taught me how to quilt and who my pattern company is named after.
After she passed, my mom and ...

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December 11, 2021
Christmas Kaleidoscope from A Little Bit Biased

 I'm back and today I'm sharing something I'm super excited about!
A new Christmas pattern!  It's called Christmas Kaleidoscope!

It started with this beautiful, scrappy bundle of fabrics.
The reds are mostly wovens and the greens are an assortment
of dark and light greens from different fabric lines.

The white fabric with red stars is from the fabric line, Stars and Stripes
by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.  That was my background fabric.

Green 4-Patches make up the Holly blocks.

I've paired them with some fun Star blocks to make a really pretty ...

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December 7, 2021
Finished Golden Quilt from A Little Bit Biased

 Look at me; two posts in one week!
I've got a lot of catching up to do here on the blog so I figured 
I wouldn't waste any time posting about this other finished quilt -
my finished Golden quilt!

For this quilt, I used the fabric line Pumpkins and Blossoms by Fig Tree for Moda.
I did a scrappy background (which is different than the original quilt and 
what the pattern states to do).  But who doesn't love a scrappy background!?!  
I threw in a couple other low-volume fabrics from other fabric lines to give me enough ...

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December 6, 2021
Finished Autumn Glow Quilt in Solids from A Little Bit Biased

 Well hello there!
It's been a while since I've posted here on the blog so I wanted to check in 
and tell you that I'm still here and I have some finished projects I'd like to share with you 
over the next few weeks!  Today I want to share my finished Autumn Glow quilt in solids.

Unfortunately, I don't know the names of the solids I used.
I need to do better about writing them down beforehand!
But basically, I used a terracotta color, a cream, a dark brown (all shown above)
plus I ended ...

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October 21, 2021
Two Finishes, lots happening from Elsie Quilts

Finally. My TO-DO program keeps reminding me to post, but I tend to procrastinate progress reports in favor of finishes. Sigh.

Anyway, this is a queen-size, long because the man is tall, and these colors because his wife wanted a bit of pink in it, with grey and white solid. They read solid anyway.

The other one is a quilt for a 4 year-old boy who has an abundance of energy, likes bright colors, and enjoys the alphabet. It is 38" x 56" and was fun to do. 

This is a refugee family who fled their home because of death ...

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September 30, 2021
Peer Pressure from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Peer pressure is a good motivator! A number of us have signed up for the One Block Wonder using a panel at Thimbles and Things. Not that I needed to make one, but it was on my list of quilts to make so now seemed like a good time. 

I found those small panels in my stash so I didn't even have to buy anything. I also found some coordinating fabric for the binding, backing, and the filler along the edges. I attended the class two weeks ago and today is class number two. We are supposed to have ...

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September 24, 2021
Falling for You Blog Hop from Quilted Delights

Welcome to my stop on the "I'm Falling for You" blog hop hosted by Joan of Moose Stash Quilting.

I have two projects to show off today.  The first project is a UFO I started when I joined the "Leafs Me Happy" blog hop oh so long ago in October of 2012. I have been putting this project on my Finish-A-Long lists for years and finally sewed the last stitch just in time for this hop!  Yay!

The pattern is a combination of two elements.  
Bonnie Hunter's Spider Blocks and a pieced maple leaf block I found here ...

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September 14, 2021
Finished! Rise Above Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

So happy to share (another) finished Rise Above quilt! I made my first version of this pattern last winter as

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August 14, 2021
Science, Baby! quilt pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

I am so thrilled to introduce you to my newest quilt pattern called Science, Baby! This pattern will be published in the 2022 Quilter’s Planner, and it’s got some awesome science in it, even if it doesn’t look like it at first glance! Before I tell you all about that, though, I have to tell you a little bit about how the design process.

I’ve had patterns in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the planner, and so when Lorinda, the owner, contacted me about a pattern for next year’s edition, I was super excited ...

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July 17, 2021
Photos of the two finishes... from Elsie Quilts

Red Blocks and Trees. This one is a deeper red than the photo, but close. The pantograph is called Ebb and Flow and feels super nice, soft. For some reason, this one is not very photogenic. I think it looks much better in person!

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July 14, 2021
Legend of Zelda and two more finished! from Elsie Quilts

 The blue and red quilts are finished, waiting for labels and photos. The Legend of Zelda quilt is also waiting for its label to be sewn on, but I do have some photos. Remember, I wanted to quilt this one first, then sew on the iconic design so I didn't have to quilt around it, and so the recipients could take it off if they ever decided this game wasn't what they wanted on a quilt. (That might never happen... the news this week tells of an unopened, first version of it for Nintendo, sold for about $800 ...

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June 13, 2021
Naive Melody quilt, as an art quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

Last April, during the first pandemic lockdown, Lucy Engels started making this quilt as part of the #100dayproject. I was admiring every single beautiful block that she made, a total of 100 blocks. Almost all made of applique and a few pieced blocks. Fortunately she decided to make a pattern out of it! So September 1st the sew-a-long started.  

Quilt Process

Lately every quilt that I make is pre-designed on Illustrator, and then comes to life. But for this pattern I only had to choose my main fabrics, and the applique pieces (all of them) came out of my scrap ...

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June 12, 2021
Shoo-Fly: A New Video Tutorial from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Continuing my latest mood for simple, classic patterns that are fun to sew and offer quick gratification. We all love

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June 7, 2021
Flowerpath quilt, the Indigo one from Zarkadia Quilts

This is my first version of the Flowerpath quilt, I designed it as always on Illustrator, and then it was really easy to get to settle in this palette. Love at first site!

Meet the Flowerpath quilt

The pattern is straightforward, with no surpises. It is made using 2 different units, sewn together for the final quilt block.

You can find the pattern in the Shop.

The river Aoos at the center of mountain range Pindus

When I finished the quilt top of the Flowerpath quilt, it coincided with a great field trip we did in the mountain ...

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May 7, 2021
All Stars: Fortune Pattern is Here! from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Based on the quilters I’ve met, we all pretty much love fabric, right? Most of us also have a healthy

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April 21, 2021
New Video! Kitty Corner Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

We all love a star quilt, right? It’s such a classic patchwork design and super versatile. I’ve always liked the

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April 15, 2021
Flowerpath quilt, the commissioned one from Zarkadia Quilts

The idea for the Flowerpath quilt came through my YouTube Channel “The Quilt Codex” while I was scheduling for my next video tutorials. I loved this “star” design from the first time I tried it! And I hope you’ll love it too! 

Meet the Flowerpath quilt

The pattern is straightforward, with no surpises. It is made using 2 different units, sewn together for the final quilt block.
You can find the pattern in the Shop.


The pattern includes 5 different quilt sizes,

  • Baby quilt (48” x 48”)
  • Lap quilt (64” x 64”)
  • Twin quilt (64 ...

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March 8, 2021
Petrichor — New Rainbow Quilt Pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

If you follow me over on Instagram, I shared this quilt design a couple of weeks ago as part of the IG hop celebrating Sassafras Lane’s new fabric collection “Favorite Things” for Windham Fabrics, where it got an enthusiastic reception. I’m excited to be able to release the quilt pattern today.

“Petrichor” is the smell of rain on parched earth, and I think it captures the general feeling of this quilt design quite nicely. (Much thanks to Rebecca L. for suggesting this name, and teaching me a new word in the process of naming this quilt!)

Swirled detail of Petrichor quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

There are ...

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February 23, 2021
Stripes Blog Hop from Stitchin at Home

Thanks to Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing 'Show Your Stripes' blog hop. We were asked to create something that had stripes in it. The stripes could be fabric stripes or striped fabric. Let the ideas flow. Stash using time, here I come.

These have only been in my stash since maybe 2014

I had a meter of each of these Northcott stripe prints, at least they look like stripes to me. Now I needed a pattern. I played in EQ8 and decided on this simple block.

I like this block with a little turquoise and pink going ...

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