Circuit Board quilt

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Circuit Board quilt

I’m excited to show you a quilt I finished this spring, just published in the third edition of Quilting & Patchwork for Beginners from Future Publishing!

Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

As the name tells you, this quilt is inspired by the circuit boards inside all of the electronics we love!

Detail of Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

This quilt was made with a bright green solid for the traces and vias (those are the actual names for the lines and circles on circuit boards!), and a scrappy black background. As I was piecing this quilt, I realized that the prints in the fabric actually reflect many of the things I do on a computer, so it seemed particularly apt—there are, of course, science-themed fabrics, as my background is in science, but there is also music, a sewing-themed print, text, even some leftover Halloween spiderweb print because we surf the web and sometimes there are bugs in our programs. (Yes, I know spiders aren’t technically bugs.)

Detail of Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

This quilt uses some very simple paper piecing for the diagonal lines, and straightforward traditional piecing for the rest of the blocks, so it’s a great first foray into paper piecing if you’ve been wanting to try it. I quilted the quilt with an all-over boxy design in black thread.

I made my husband help take photos at the botanical gardens; here he is pretending to read a book containing physics equations having to do with electricity. Unfortunately, that didn’t really come out in the photos!

Circuit Board quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

Circuit Board quilt pattern (in Quilting & Patchwork for Beginners, 3rd edition) by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

Future Publishing is based in the UK, so US readers might have some trouble finding it on bookshelves, but you can order a copy here. If you’re new to quilting, it’s chock full of great information about lots of different quilting techniques, so it’s a good choice for an all-around reference book!

Quilt Stats:
50″ x 50″
Fabric: Kona Green Apple & black scraps from stash
Batting: Hobbs cotton
Quilting thread: Aurifil black, 50-weight
Quilting stitches: 60,339

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