Designer, Sylvia Schaefer does!

Sylvia Schaefer is an author, teacher, pattern designer, and award-winning quilter. She holds a PhD in marine science, and her background in science often inspires her quilt designs, both directly and indirectly. Her quilts and patterns have been published in magazines both online and in print, and her work has 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, she 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. She has appeared on camera in Fresh Quilting and Patchwork Nation. She particularly enjoys helping quilters find the confidence to begin designing their own quilts, and her first book, The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook, is a guide to designing modern quilts using traditional quilt blocks.

Sylvia started using EQ7 as soon as she realized she wanted to come up with her own quilt designs. She loves the ease with which she is able to create quilt designs and play with colors, and continues to discover new features in EQ8!

“I love the ease with which I can whip up a quilt design in EQ8! The block library has provided a starting point for many a quilt design for me, and when I have a different idea it’s so easy to draw my own blocks in the worktable. In particular, I love that EQ automates all the sectioning and numbering for paper pieced blocks. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the software, though, is the ability to quickly change colors in my quilt designs, allowing me to fine-tune my design by finding the perfect color scheme–it’s worth the cost for this alone!”

~Sylvia Schaefer

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