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May 6, 2021
You've Been Asking For These! from Kitty and Me Designs

Several of my "vintage" designs have been requested!  Makes me laugh that I have to call them vintage.  Actually, they're just some of my designs from years, and years.....ago!  

Several people have asked for them so I've re-released them:




Uncle Sam, Kitchen Visitor and Christmas Magic Stocking.

Ask for them at your favorite needlework retail store or find them in my Etsy shop.

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May 4, 2021
Quilt Block Mania - May is Graduation from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Block Mania Blog Hop. Each of the designers participating in the hop are sharing a block pattern inspired by this month’s theme, which is Graduation.

When I heard that the theme was Graduation I thought of my daughter’s joy upon graduating two years ago. So I used that feeling to design my block—Success.

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She had so many hopes and dreams that day, including going on to grad school. Little did she did she know that COVID other ideas. Still, she’s made it work and is ...

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May 1, 2021
Sweet Comfort Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Sweet Comfort quilt pattern has been kitted in the Throw size by Connecting Threads in their beautiful Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Sweet Comfort quilt pattern includes four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is made from only four fabrics!  Choose four hues in the same colorway, and you're set!

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


While Sweet Comfort looks complicated, I've broken down ...

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April 30, 2021
Friendship Queen Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Friendship quilt pattern has been kitted in the Queen size by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Albalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Friendship quilt pattern includes three sizes - Throw, Twin XL, and Queen - because those are the only sizes that worked out mathematically to actual quilt sizes while preserving the design, mostly because the design requires symmetry.  The design is a tad different in each of the three sizes.


The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection ...

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Waterfall Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Waterfall quilt pattern has been kitted by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Waterfall quilt pattern includes two sizes - Throw and Queen - because those are the only sizes where the math worked out to actual quilt sizes.  You could add a border to the Queen size to make it a King.

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


Waterfall is a stunning log cabin quilt pattern ...

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April 28, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Pattern - the Black Background One! from Busy Hands Quilts

Hampton Court is striking with a black background and bright colors!  This quilt top was made by Kare and quilted and bound by me.



The Design

Hampton Court is based on King Henry VIII's castle, Hampton Court, from the 1500s.  The bricks are varying sizes, and this design can be seen in the brickwork of the exterior of the castle.



Entirely Strip Pieced!

You won't be sewing together individual bricks - that would take far too long!  Let's make quilts quicker so we can make ...

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April 26, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Along Finished Quilt Parade! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today is the Finished Quilt Parade for the Hampton Court Quilt Along!



Fabric Selection

My main goal in making this quilt was that it be made entirely from fabric I had in my stash, which rarely happens since I am so often making cover quilts in a single fabric collection.  

My second goal was to make a single-color Hampton Court quilt with prints that had only white in them in order to show that this pattern doesn't have to be a mix of a lot of ...

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Frosty Friends – Ice Cream Quilt Block Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy Monday – it’s new pattern day! The next set of adorable food-themed quilt blocks is now available for purchase.

The Frosty Friends pattern includes six ice cream quilt block patterns – three scoops of ice cream, and three on a stick. Whether you call them ice creams, icy poles, popsicles, or any other name… these frozen treats are sure to be delicious whatever you call them </p>
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April 22, 2021
Easy Bargello Quilt Kit Back in Stock - The Quartz Metallic One! from Busy Hands Quilts

The Easy Bargello quilt in Quartz Metallics is in stock at Connecting Threads!  They've sold out several times, and they're back in stock.


Easy Peasy Squeezy!

I named this quilt pattern Easy Bargello 'cause it's the easiest Bargello you'll ever make as there are no seams to match!  If you've never made a Bargello quilt, this is a great place to start because it will teach you the technique without any fuss matching seams.  And of course it's all strip piecing for a quick and easy finish!

The Twin Size!

The Easy Bargello quilt ...

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April 21, 2021
Castle Dreams Quilt Pattern - The Sweet Baby One! from Busy Hands Quilts

This amazing Castle Dreams Baby quilt was made by Becky in sports-themed fabrics for the win!

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!



You'll find sports-themed fabrics right here

Castle Dreams is a layer-cake friendly quilt pattern.  Add in yardage of three fabrics plus the background, and you're set!  It looks like Becky used the sky and the wood of a basketball court!  Such nice touches.

Castle Dreams includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!



Get ...

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Nautical News Quilt - Almost Amish - Back in Stock! from Busy Hands Quilts

Nautical News in Almost Amish Solids has been restocked by Connecting Threads in the Twin size!  This is the third time it has been restocked because it sells so quickly.




Other Nautical News Quilts

This Nautical News Twin quilt was made by my niece when she was 12.  She cut all of the fabric and sewed it up by herself, and then I quilted it for her with Wandering Spirals.  Didn't she do a lovely job?!


I ♥ to figure out how to make quilt patterns into rainbows, and ...

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April 19, 2021
LWQ NEWS:  New Digital Pattern ReleaseI am pleased to announce... from Living Water Quilter



LWQ NEWS:  New Digital Pattern Release

I am pleased to announce the release of THREE digital patterns

  • Cross Over
  • Color Wave
  • Heading Home

Watch Quilt Conversations LIVE! Episode 10, Machine Quilting Plan and learn How Color Wave was quilted. Learn about four elements I use in my machine quilting plan.

Free motion quilting design, Plume Party is featured in each quilt.

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Don’t miss out on the fun quilt conversations. Join us every Friday at 7pm EST on the Living Water Quilter YouTube Channel.

Happy Quilting!

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April 14, 2021
Patchwork Stars Quilt + More from A Quilting Life

Patchwork Stars Quilt featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing a few fun things including a new pattern, the Patchwork Stars Quilt pattern. I’m also sharing a few other fun goodies in the shop and the pre-orders for the Sincerely Yours Project packages. Patchwork Stars Quilt The Happy Days project packages have been shipped, and so it’s time […]

The post Patchwork Stars Quilt + More appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 11, 2021
Sunday Stash April 11, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.

I’ve done some shopping over the last couple months, but not fabric. I added some patterns, two in one buy and the other two a month later.

The skirt/pants pattern also has shorts, which will be my first make. The block Butterick uses for their patterns fits me the best. I’m looking forward to digging in my fashion fabric stash and sewing some of these pieces.

I’ll share the rest of my haul (not patterns) in the next post.

We’re switching back to Mr. Linky this week because ...

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April 7, 2021
Granny's Square Patch Quilt Pattern - Use Scraps or Just Three Fabrics! from Busy Hands Quilts

Granny's Square Patch is back in the shop, and I'm happy to have her home!!



After being licensed to Connecting Threads for a few years, Granny's Square Patch is happy to be home!  I have updated and fine-tuned the pattern, and it's available in the shop right here.

This is the version that Connecting Threads sold in Maison Rouge.



Granny's Square Patch includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and uses strip pieced to speed up the process.  

Granny's ...

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New Exclusive Colorful Cat Koala from Kitty and Me Designs

Linens And Threads in Australia is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To celebrate, I did an Exclusive Colorful Cat named Koala. She's currently available as a PDF download and will also be available as a printed pattern leaflet soon. You can find Koala here:

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April 6, 2021
Quilt Block Mania - April is Rain from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Block Mania Blog Hop. Each of the designers participating in the hop are sharing a block pattern inspired by this month’s theme, which is Rain.

When I heard that the theme was rain, I had several ideas all at once—maybe an umbrella? Maybe rain puddles? Then as I glanced over at Zora, it hit me—a cat watching the rain.

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Zora, like most cats, loves watching things. So we long ago made a space for her in the kitchen, where there is a low, wide, windowsill perfect ...

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April 1, 2021
Helix: a DNA paper piecing pattern! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I am, of course, fond of all of my quilts and quilt patterns, but you guys, I am really especially pleased with this one. Introducing Helix, a paper piecing pattern for wallhangings in two sizes featuring DNA, the fundamental molecule of life on Earth!

Helix DNA quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

I have been thinking about a DNA quilt for a very long time—not long after I started thinking a lot about science quilts, which was not long after I started thinking a lot about quilts in general, but somehow it never got made. I got hung up on the curves and the thought that I ...

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Visiting a Friend from Mama Spark's World

Yesterday Chris and I drove to Valparaiso, Indiana to visit a couple we have been friends with for over 35 years.  Our friend, Jim, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  Even though he has done radiation and is doing chemo the tumor is not changing.  We decided we wanted to be able to visit before we could not communicate with him.  It was SO good to see him and his wife yesterday!  He is still

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March 28, 2021
Mod Arrows quilt pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

The Mod Arrows quilt pattern is now available! This is a fun and easy modern quilt pattern, and the best part is that the arrows are precut-friendly so you can dive into your stash or use a fat quarter bundle.

I never get tired of bright rainbows, but here are a few other color ideas!

Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com
Queen size
Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com
Full size
Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com
Lap size

The pattern was originally published in McCall’s Quilting under the name “Primarily Geese,” and I’ve updated and expanded it to include six sizes from crib to king!

Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com
Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying ...

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