Sylvia Schaefer

Sylvia Schaefer is an author, pattern designer, and award-winning quilter. Her background in science (specifically, oceanography) often inspires her quilt designs, both directly and indirectly. Sylvia’s quilts and patterns have been published in magazines both online and in print, and her work has been exhibited and won awards regionally and nationally, including ribbons at Pacific International Quilt Festival, the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, and MQX, among others. 

In 2017, Sylvia was awarded the second annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship, allowing her to start her own line of printed patterns sold in quilt shops around the world under the company name Flying Parrot Quilts (a play on the traditional Flying Geese quilt block, and her love of birds). She has also appeared on camera in Fresh Quilting and Patchwork Nation, and is the author of The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook, a guide to designing modern quilts using traditional quilt blocks. Follow her quilting adventures on her website at or on Instagram as @flyingparrotquilts.

Instagram: @flyingparrotquilts