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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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February 18, 2021
Breaking News! A finished quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I will never complain about getting to make stuff with pretty fabrics, but sometimes it’s HARD not to share those

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February 9, 2021
A Quilt, A Sew Along & A Giveaway from Fabrics 'n Flowers

It’s been almost two weeks since I announced the Rise Above Sew Along and it’s time to prepare! Some of

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January 6, 2021
I should stick with my quilting from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I was all excited yesterday. I would set up a series of rules for my e-mail so the appropriate e-mails would be filed and it would be easy to find them. I've used rules before but haven't set them up in a while. So if you signed up for a class and cursed me when I asked that you send one e-mail per class, it's for that reason. 

I set up the rule and hit APPLY. Oh - I think something went wrong. It moved all my unread e-mails to the new folder. Oops! Then I thought I ...

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January 5, 2021
First and second finishes for 2021 from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I PROMISE to get the photos of Studio U to you tomorrow! It's dark up there at the moment, and so you won't see much. It's best to wait until it's light. 

Mission accomplished - the magazine article was approved by the editor, although I had to scramble to get a wee bit of information to her. No problem - it's done! Already thinking about the next topic. I'll let you know when the article gets published.  

The other magazine quilt is done! I didn't get a box out yesterday, but now I have two ...

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December 12, 2020
The Blues. New Fabric, New Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Every time I see a new line of fabric, I want to make a new quilt. There’s just something about cutting into pretty, fresh fabric that makes me giddy! This particular line is Janet Clare’s “The Blues” from Moda. I like all her fabrics, but this one is particularly nice because it is BLUE. The prints feature an understated musical theme with staves, crotchets, notes and such.

When using precuts, I typically make a quick and easy quilt to use it up. Villa Rosa pattern cards are perfect for that. I had a jelly roll with some yardage ...

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October 16, 2020
Playful Precut Quilts Book Tour from A Little Bit Biased

 One of my quilting besties published her first book!
Amanda Niederhauser recently published Playful Precut Quilts, 
a beautiful book that includes 15 projects that each feature 12" blocks -
making it easy to mix and match blocks from different patterns!

There were so many cute patterns in this book but I chose to make Flower Basket.
It's a basic patchwork pattern that uses a unique piecing technique, sewing partial seams.
I had never used that technique before.  I was a little nervous to try it but also wanted to 
push myself to learn something new!  And it was actually really ...

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October 2, 2020
"All About the Boxes" ~~ Finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

  I don't like to call any of my quilt UFOs. That implies that I have no intention of getting back to them. This quilt, however, was at the very bottom of the bin. And has been there for a while. Okay. Years. I don't know how many years, okay. Just a long while.

 But take note, it is out of the bin and complete! Yes, all the way complete. 
          • Quilted ✔ 
          • Bound ✔
          • Labeled ✔ 
          • Washed ✔ 
          • Photographed ✔
It looks pretty good next to my orange Adirondack chair, doesn't it? I have another confession: everything was neatly folded up together, top ...

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September 22, 2020
Improv on Point ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This quilt is already one of my favorites. It was a struggle for a while, but once it started coming together, I fell in love. 

Turns out, all it wanted was to be turned on-point, which made it a little more difficult to piece together. 

I made large chunks of red pieces and larger chunks of neutral/brown/gold with a little red mixed in and built most of the chunks using a modified log cabin technique.

Since the front is all improv, the back should be. Right? So it is. I used more of the linen, but didn't ...

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September 19, 2020
ROAR! The Dinosaur ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"ROAR! The Dinosaur" is a recent finish that I have not written about because, frankly, it's been too hot to go outside for more than a few minutes. I won't even attempt to describe the mosquito problems. Let's just say I'm thrilled to have cooler weather. It's amazing that temperatures in the 80s is miserably hot in May, but in September the 80s are remarkably cool. 

So back to "ROAR!" It's the little quilt that I cut out and sewed up at the Cotton Quilters sew day last month. I was able to finish ...

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September 1, 2020
Sew a Little Sunbeam! New Pattern from Fabrics 'n Flowers

It’s here and you are going to LOVE sewing this pretty quilt! The Sunbeam quilt pattern is now available for

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