I’m Sylvia Schaefer, and I have been quilting since 2007. I earned a Ph.D. in Marine Science before moving towards designing and quilting full-time. My quilts and patterns have been featured in magazines such as McCall’s Quick Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Machine Quilting Unlimited, and as part of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilt of the Month program. My work has been exhibited across the country and won numerous awards at regional and national shows, including the Pacific International Quilt Festival, AQS QuiltWeek Paducah, Road to California, and MQX. In 2017, I was awarded the second annual  Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship. I love making quilts that are inspired by science and nature, as well as modern quilts inspired by traditional blocks!



Why “Flying Parrot Quilts”?

Pizzicato Cockatiel
Pizzicato (2006-2016)

I’m neither a dog nor a cat person–I’ve had parrots all my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! “Flying Parrot Quilts” is a play on the traditional Flying Geese quilting block and my love of birds.











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