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July 7, 2019
Dinosaurs Are For Girls from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve been holding off for the right moment to share this quilt, and since it’s featured in this month’s issue of Curated Quilts (which has a theme of “Well Said”, featuring quilts that include words or have a message), now seems like a good time.

It’s no secret that I’m totally into dinosaurs—why, I even have two velociraptors for pets.

I was giving out dinosaur temporary tattoos at an event, and someone wanted to know if I’d mind terribly if she asked for four. She had five children, and four sons, and they ...

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September 17, 2018
Finished Ocean Circulation Quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

I posted about the first stage of my thermohaline circulation quilt this spring, and now the quilt is finally finished! Check out my previous post for more details, but essentially, this is the large-scale ocean circulation that moves heat around the globe, driven by differences in the temperature and salinity (saltiness) of ocean waters; for a bit of water to travel along this entire path and end up back where it started takes about 1,000 years. The red paths are warm(er) surface currents; the blue paths are cold deep water at the bottom of the ocean basins.

Where ...

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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 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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December 21, 2017
Use Sewing Supplies to Make Science Geek Fancy Party Apparel! from Gefilte Quilt

Here's my DH Alan, at a fancy party last week.

Why was Alan at a fancy party? What's that on his tie? A closer look:

Still wondering? I'm so glad you asked. It's a long story - a VERY long story.

One billion, three hundred million years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two massive black holes whirled around each other, then crashed together.
This happened so far away and long ago that nothing could take a photograph of it, but here's an artist's rendition of the pre-climactic moment.

The event emitted vast energy ...

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October 31, 2017
New patterns! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m so excited to show you all the new patterns I’ve been working on for the last few months! I’ll have individual posts with more details on all of them over the next few weeks. They are all available in my Craftsy shop now and will shortly be available as paper patterns. (Local quilt shops are bringing them home from Quilt Market, so check there first!)

Dogwood Dreams (appliqué)

Dogwood Dreams pattern | Flying Parrot Quilts |

Geo Rex  (paper piecing)

Geo Rex | Flying Parrot Quilts |

Moroccan Tiles

Moroccan Tiles pattern | Flying Parrot Quilts |


Potions Quilt Pattern | Flying Parrot Quilts |


Twister quilt pattern | Flying Parrot Quilts |

Artichoke block: major update with a new setting option and reformatted templates!

Artichoke quilt pattern | Flying Parrot Quilts |

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September 13, 2017
MQG Quilt of the Month – September 2017! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve made another science quilt (shocking, I know!), and this one is the Modern Quilt Guild’s September Quilt of the Month, meaning members can download the pattern from the community site! I’m so excited to share the quilt and just a little bit about the science with you.

Molecular Test quilt by Sylvia Schaefer, inspired by gel electrophoresis/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This quilt is called Molecular Test because it is based on a test called “gel electrophoresis” (pronounced “e-lec-tro-FOR-ee-sys”). Scientists use this method to separate molecules (typically, proteins or DNA fragments) by size. Basically, the samples are placed in a gel medium and an electric current is applied, which causes ...

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