Fresh Quilting Season 2

Fresh Quilting Season 2

Earlier this summer, I had opportunity be a part of Fresh Quilting, the PBS show about modern quilting, and Season 2 launches today! Fresh Quilting is produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions, and is all about fresh twists on traditional designs and techniques to achieve them. I taped two segments for the show, and you can watch them both below!

While I’ve given plenty of scientific presentations, demonstrating quilting techniques for the camera was a new experience for me! Fortunately, the staff at KS Productions were wonderful and put everyone at ease. And I got to make a few new quilty friends who were taping around the same time!

Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts on Fresh Quilting Season 2 |

My first segment is about matching your binding to your piecing so that the flow of your quilt design is not awkwardly interrupted. This is particularly useful when there is a gradient of color across your quilt top, and I show you how to match straight and angled binding seams on this little mini:

Mini quilt to demonstrate matched binding for Fresh Quilting (PBS) by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Here’s a real-life example. I find this to be such a useful way to give a little bit of a border to your piecing (or in this case, appliqué) without distracting from the piecing.

Mountain Rainbows binding | Flying Parrot Quilts

My second segment is about creating disintegrating designs by combining improv piecing and paper piecing—this is the technique I used on my Disintegrating Artichokes quilt, and it’s super fun! I show it to you with a simplified version of the block:

Block to demonstrate combining paper piecing and improvisational piecing for Fresh Quilting (PBS) by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

If you’re a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, you can binge-watch the whole season right now by clicking here! If not, you can see if your local PBS station carries the show here (if it doesn’t, let your station know that you’d like them to air Fresh Quilting!). Here are my segments—I hope you enjoy them and will try some of these techniques for yourself!







  1. How exciting is that?! Especially love the matched binding lesson. The result is always impressive and one that I thought would be too complicated for me. Now I know I can do it. You were great on camera and did an awesome job smoothly moving through all the motions and tool switching while talking through the steps.