Patchwork Nation behind the scenes!

Patchwork Nation behind the scenes!

I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek behind the scenes of filming my Patchwork Nation episode, because I certainly had no idea what to expect!

The first thing that happens when a film crew shows up at your house is they rearrange it. Really, if you ever are involved in anything like this, sweep under the sofa, because otherwise you’ll be mortified when you realize they’ve moved it and uncovered mutant dust bunnies! Here they are discussing how best to rearrange everything.

Craftsy film crew by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

Those lights were ahhh-mazing. I really wanted to steal them because they made everything and everyone look so good.

There’s also a lot of time that has to be spent figuring out where the lights and the cameras and the sound equipment go, so you can’t see them (or, incidentally, my fuzzy slippers) in the final shot.

Adrian Burd of Flying Parrot Quilts |

They brought real movie clapboards to use! Here is my friend Marybeth having a grand old time clapping it. I love this photo because it totally captures how much fun we had!

Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts |

The rearrangement also happened in my sewing room, where it was not without mishap, as my floor is very uneven, so much so that one of the casters on my longarm is barely screwed in. So of course that fell out when we tried to actually move it.

Craftsy crew filming in the sewing room by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This was the whole crew at the very end. They were all wonderful professionals and a delight to work with. And I have a whole new level of respect for film crews (and actors) everywhere—it’s a lot of work, and even though the cameras are rolling only for a fraction of the time, it’s exhausting, but totally worth it!


  1. Oh Sylvia – Thank you for sharing the first episode with us! It really helps us to see the woman behind the talent. Your quilts are wonderful, inspiring, and captivating. Thank you for making the quilt world a better place. I wish my mother was alive – I’d make her the beaker quilt as she was a chemist. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing, and I love your fuzzy slippers. I often wonder what kinds of fun things are hiden out of the shot for things like this.