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May 27, 2018
Paper-pieced Fly Fishing quilting pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

Fly Fishing paper piecing 3 color formats

Summer’s here, but with a bit of spring green yet in the trees.   This $8  pattern expresses the leisure of summer days like nothing else. Keep summer with you all year long by making this  77- piece project.  This pattern is for a 24″ wide by 30″ tall wall hanging but you can expand it to a quilt 60″ project as see here by adding simple borders:FLY fishing with borders colored sm

You’ll find the  pattern link gives you 15 pages in a pdf file:   color chart;  a single page line drawing for you to play with your own colors or to enlarge ...

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May 24, 2018
Circuit Board pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

Also available now is the Circuit Board pattern! This quilt was originally published in a bookazine for beginner quilters in the UK, and I’m happy to release it as a stand-alone pattern. The new version has two different sizes for you to choose from!

Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

The pattern uses three simple blocks and variations, including one block that is super-easy paper piecing. All the paper piecing instructions are included, so if you’ve never paper pieced before, this would be the perfect introduction!

Detail of Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

I used up a whole bunch scraps of black print fabrics with this quilt, or you could make ...

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May 23, 2018
Big Shabby Chic Finish from Heart Desire Creations


Much of my stash has bright colors and bold prints. In contrast, I do love white on whites and off-white on off-whites.  A couple of years ago I gathered whatever of those two I had in my stash and bought many, many fat quarters. Apparently it was meant to be because I happened upon a warehouse type fabric shop that had a ton of these fabrics for just $1.25 a fat quarter – score!


I wanted the fabrics to speak and not an elaborate design.  I cut a ton of triangles (starched to avoid stretching) and proceeded to sew many ...

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May 21, 2018
Microscope Mania from Flying Parrot Quilts

It’s another nerdy quilt celebrating lab equipment! This quilt is called Microscope Mania, and it’s all traditional piecing—no templates or paper piecing to fuss around with!

Get the PDF pattern here; paper patterns will be arriving later this month!

Microscope Mania detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

I chose Moda Grunge fabrics and a Robert Kaufman Essex sparkle linen for my quilt. It’s fat quarter friendly, and each fat quarter makes two microscopes.

Microscope Mania detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

The quilt comes in two sizes, twin and queen (the sample quilt above is the twin size). I also included cutting directions for a single block, in case you want to ...

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May 18, 2018
Phased Circles {Pattern Release} from Factotum of Arts

Phased Circles is a very special quilt for me. It was the first quilt that truly identifies who I am. It really made me realize quilting is something I want to do, its something I love.


It was designed from a doodle and plays with color and volume. I recently had a great time teaching the block at Cary Quilting Company. It was so great what other people could do with the pattern using their fabric choices.

Now, it can be your turn. The digital pattern for Phased Circles is now available for purchase, in both my Payhip shop and ...

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May 16, 2018
Playful Pillow from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure


Such a fun adventure – “Playful Pillow.”  It wasn’t much of a decision for me as I knew I wanted another pillow for my sofa to go with the one I made last year with our curves adventure. I got the idea from potholders made by  Patchwork Pottery.

The pillow top was easy and it was the first project I attacked at my Spring retreat.  As soon as I got home I embroidered the face, backed the pillow front and quilted it.  I kept it simple because I wanted the kitty’s face to be the ...

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May 15, 2018
Top 5 Summer Soiree Outfits from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi There Makers!

How’s your May going so far? With the “first day of summer” only a few weeks away (June 21st), I don’t know about you but with this season quickly approaching, I have several upcoming occasions where I’ll need a summery outfit - a brunch-themed baby shower, a daytime wedding on the beach, and a garden/boho themed bridal shower! Since all of these events will be taking place outside, I’ll definitely need to sew something light in fabric, as well as comfortable but still somewhat dressy. Here’s some ideas I’ve gathered from ...

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May 14, 2018
Tiny Jewel from Flying Parrot Quilts

Joining the lineup of paper pieced mini quilt patterns is this little hummingbird!

You get three sizes of hummingbird: 18″ x 18″, 12″ x 12″, and 9″ x 9″, all of which work on their own or incorporated into another quilt.

I made a mini quilt out of mine; I outline-stitched the piecing and used a background fill of leaves and flowers.

Detail of Tiny Jewel by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Here’s the small size:

Tiny Jewel (small quilt block) by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Knowledge of basic paper piecing technique is assumed in this pattern, but if you need a refresher, click here to download a guide!

And check out these lovely versions by two of my ...

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May 11, 2018
Four new patterns! from Flying Parrot Quilts

Introducing my new patterns for spring! These are available as PDFs in the shop now; paper patterns will be here by the end of the month. Scroll to the bottom to find a coupon code for a discount! I’ll have more details on each of these in separate blog posts over the next two weeks, too.

First up are two science-inspired quilts:

Microscope Mania, a tribute to the humble microscope!

Microscope Mania quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Circuit Board is now available as a stand-alone pattern.

Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Tiny Jewel is my latest paper pieced mini quilt/block pattern in three sizes:

Tiny Jewel mini quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

And finally, Pinwheel Rings was designed ...

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Pixelation Pattern is Ready! | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is two twin size Pixelation quilts, one in Sunrise colors, and the other in black and white.  Pixelation is a new pattern available at the deeply discounted preorder price for only two more days.  The pattern is ready to go and will be emailed to all purchasers by Monday.  Get your copy today!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Pixelation, available here.
Size:  66" x 88", twin
Fabric:  Kona Cotton
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton/poly
Quilting:  Meandering swirls on Gratitude.
Backing:  Bee Backings Wide ...

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Monday, Monday! from quiltscapes

I've been playing with some fun fabric lately - the cutest little "laundry day" fabric designed by Jill Finley (Jillily Studio) for Penny Rose/Riley Blake Designs - Monday, Monday.  Love these colors and the little clothes hanging on the line.  Reminds me of when I was a little kid in the days before we had a dryer.

Birds on the clothesline and other adorable details in the fabric make me smile.

Typically, Monday is laundry day.  At least that's what was stitched on Grandma's dishtowel sets when I was a kid.  And this was the ideal fabric to ...

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May 8, 2018
Show and Tell from Butterfly Threads

My friend and co-worker at Tiny Stitches, Millie, made this adorable version of Citrus Squeeze for her grandson. She substituted Starwars fabrics in the quilt rather than the pink and oranges shown in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. She quilted it on her longarm. How could a Starwars fan NOT love this quilt?

This is my super cute friend Karen who made this version of Pumpkins in the Patch as a halloween quilt. She moaned and groaned and complained the whole time but we laughed a lot too. I think she is finally happy with the result and I know ...

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May 2, 2018
Applique – So Much Color from Heart Desire Creations

Several years ago I saw the applique pattern, “Lollipop Trees” by Kim McLean and immediately fell in love. An impossible task? I was up for the challenge! The pattern was gifted to me on my birthday and I began block one and finished it! But…I didn’t care for the background fabric I used so that block got tossed into the maybe I’ll see you one day bin and I began again. This time I chose a gray on white fabrjc and for all the applique pieces I am using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Two blocks are complete and ...

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May 1, 2018
Kokeshi Doll Quilt Block Pattern from Blossom Heart Quilts

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Japan, one of my first thoughts are of beautiful kimono. Whether it’s the full kimono kit for weddings and special occasions (or just because!), or the lighter summer yukata.

Kimono quilt block designWedding photos at Okayama Castle (2010)

Alyce in kimono

Kimono dressing at Okayama Castle (2010)

But as I already have a kimono quilt block, I wanted to do something different for my collection of Japanese paper pieced designs, and I didn’t have to look much further than my little collection of kawaii kokeshi dolls for inspiration while playing in EQ8.

Kokeshi ...

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April 29, 2018
Becoming a Modern Quilter: Design Principles Part 1 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern quilt design principles are fairly new as an organized approach to quilting. So, it’s not surprising that many quilters are still somewhat confused.

Let’s start with the basic question I hear over and over from quilters as they show their quilts:

Is this a modern quilt? I don’t think this quilt is modern…..

This is the question and statement I often hear when talking with quilters I meet in local quilt shops, online or when I make presentations to guilds.  But, it’s actually the WRONG way to think about modern quilting because it’s a ...

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April 25, 2018
Linked Logs {a finished quilt and publication!} from Material Girl Quilts

The Summer 2018 issue of Quilts & More is on sale today and I’m thrilled to have a new quilt

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April 23, 2018
Updated Pages from Quilt Fabrication

Introducing a new look to the Patterns, Tutorials, and Longarm Tutorials pages:

              Patterns page

Table Runner Patterns on the Patterns Page at QuiltFabrication

Quilt Gallery and Book of the Month pages were also updated, though they are still a work in progress as to their appearance. It's the other three pages that show the most improvement!

               Longarm Tutorial page

Fills and Motifs on the Longarm Tutorials Page at QuiltFabrication

Why the change? Mainly because the old Tutorial page was becoming an unorganized long list, at only two pictures wide and tutorials added as to when they occurred. 

                Old Tutorial page

Old Tutorial page at QuiltFabrication

No organization, no grouping - just plain ugly and unfriendly! A visitor would need to scroll through the ...

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April 21, 2018
Key to My Heart Pattern Update | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Not Finished is a Key to My Heart lap quilt top.  April's project for Island Batik Ambassadors is to look back at Vintage quilts and make them new again.  I chose the snowball block found in my Key to My Heart pattern and remade it in Island Batik Beaujolais with a charcoal background.

The Snowball quilt block is of Amish origin.  I couldn't find history on it other than that.

My pattern editor and tester, Shannon of The Flemings Nine made this ...

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April 19, 2018
Batik Modern Traditionalism Quilt Challenge from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern traditionalism is one of the key principles in modern quilt design and it is one of my favorite jumping off points as well.  So I was very happy to see that the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2018 is to use a traditional quilt block or design as inspiration.

I chose the traditional 9 patch as my inspiration and used the Fractured Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from my first book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops. This is also one of my most popular workshops.

Madly Modern Quilts, quilt pattern

The Island Batik Fabrics


These fabrics are from the ...

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April 18, 2018
Two Projects Ready to Sew! from Heart Desire Creations

It’s time to pack up and head to Blowing Rock for the Spring retreat. I’ll be setting up our sewing room for the Thursday morning start when I’ll greet all the happy, ambitious and anxious quilters as they gather to sew until Sunday!

I have several projects ready to go. The first one I will be doing as a leader/ender project. It is just a simple four patch with a one patch sewn in between each. It will be colorful and fun and fairly mindless – the kind of project I need when I lead a retreat ...

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