Blog Hop, Review

Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook Blog Hop & Giveaway

When I had the opportunity to film 2 segments of Fresh Quilting in June of 2017, I also had the good fortune to get to meet Sylvia Schaefer from Flying Parrot Quilts in person. Sylvia was flying in and setting up to film the day after I filmed and we had a bit of time to chat before I had to fly home in the evening. At the time, it had either just been announced or was about to be announced that Sylvia had received the 2017 Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship, which was exciting to hear about. Not only do I love Sylvia’s science background and how she incorporates it into her designs, but I admire her ascetic and am excited today to tell you about her recently published book, the Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook.

When Sylvia asked me if I would be willing to review her book and perhaps create a design based on the principals she shares, I was intrigued and eager to participate. Little did I know what a great experience it was going to be!

First, let me give you a bit of an overview about the Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook. Quoting directly from Sylvia,

The inspiration for this book originally came about when my local traditional quilt guild asked me to give them a lecture about negative space. I had previously given a talk to them about modern quilting and all its characteristics, and a number of members were particularly intrigued by this idea of negative space, and wanted to hear more about it.

I didn’t really know what to say when I agreed to give the talk, but after thinking about it for a little bit, I realized that these quilters were probably a little intimidated by the idea of big open spaces on their quilts, and that what they needed was some concrete design guidance, so I put together a few step-by-step diagrams to show how to go from a traditional quilt block to a modern quilt, and everyone seemed to find that very interesting.

What was even more interesting, though, was that in making these step-by-step diagrams, I came up with multiple designs that I really, really wanted to make.

Intrigued and ready to dive in, I decided to look through some of my existing design sketches and see if the techniques that Sylvia shares in the book could take an idea and give it the polish it needed.

Push Pull Design Idea (Starting Point)

Push Pull Design Idea (Starting Point)

I have had PushPull (which will be very familiar to some of my Patreons!) as a design sketch floating around for a few years. I really like the transparency play, and I’ve come close to turning it into a pattern and quilt, but it’s never felt fully complete. Something has always turned out to be a better choice and PushPull gets put back on the shelf, so to speak.

PushPull After Quilter's Negative Space

PushPull After Reading The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook

After reading The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook, I am really excited about PushPull.

PushPull After Reading The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook - Light Background Option

PushPull After Reading The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook – Light Background Option

The only question I have to answer now is which version of the quilt to make!

You can purchase a signed copy of The Quilter’s Negative Space directly from Sylvia, ask for the book at your local quilt shop, or purchase through C&T Publishing.

I hope you check out the rest of the blog hop schedule for more inspiration and details about The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook.

Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook Blog Hop Schedule

March 11 – C&T Publishing 
March 12 – Nicole Neblett from Mama Love Quilts
March 13 – Christa Watson from Christa Quilts
March 14 – Jessica Caldwell from Desert Bloom Quilting
March 15 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill from Whole Circle Studio
March 18 – Cassandra Ireland Beaver from The (Not So) Dramatic Life
March 19 – Yvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jetgirl 
March 20 – Sarah Ruiz from Saroy
March 21 – Sarah Goer – Sarah Goer Quilts
March 22 – Sylvia Schaefer from Flying Parrot Quilts 


Sylvia and C&T Publishing have offered me the ability to give away one digital (PDF) version of The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. By entering, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older. International participants are welcome. The giveaway is open through Friday, March 22nd, at Midnight Eastern. A winner will be randomly selected and emailed by Saturday, March 23rd. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to claim the giveaway prize or a new winner will be selected. Good luck!

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70 thoughts on “Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook Blog Hop & Giveaway

  1. lee says:

    My preference would be the light background!

  2. shoshana says:

    i actually like the first bersion, starting point the best!

  3. quilterpt says:

    I like the dark version best but I think quilting will show up better on the lighter version!

  4. How fun that you and Sylvia met filming for Fresh Quilting! I’m sure it’s not the case, but for me, the darker background appears to have more transparency play.

  5. Lisa Marie says:

    The dark background is my favorite. It’s a stunning design. It will be interesting to see how the negative space quilting transforms it.

  6. Tina Cernugel says:

    I like the lighter background. I also like the idea of moving the design off-center….I like things that are non-symmetrical.

  7. Nancy A. says:

    Love what you did to Push/Pull after reading the book!

  8. I love the dark background. The lighter one feels like it’s missing something.

  9. I like the dark. Have really enjoyed seeing these quilts.

  10. Cindy says:

    I love your Push Pull design! I’m torn between the dark and light – love them both!

  11. Audrey says:

    I like books that expand my way of thinking. The way you opened up the design with that subtle shift makes a huge difference, no matter what colorway you choose. I am impressed!

  12. Liz Horgan says:

    I like that your pattern is off center! In my head, I expect things to be symmetrical and centered, but when I see quilts and patterns that aren’t, I love them!
    I prefer the lighter background!

  13. sherrye55 says:

    Both versions are stunning but I’m drawn to the dark background. Love what you’ve done with it!!!!

  14. This would be an awesome win!

  15. Bonnie Larson says:

    that’s a hard one. I like both versions, but i think the lighter one edges to the front just slightly. It has a bit more subtle look. Thanks

  16. Laura Parker says:

    Both are lovely, but I like the light background option better.

  17. Miriam says:

    your Push-Pull pattern is fascinating with its transparency and negative space.–perfect for your book review segment. I would love to win a copy–thank you!

  18. Summer says:

    I like the dark background version of PushPull. I’m not a pastels person; I prefer bold colors, so it makes sense that I’m drawn to the greater contrast that can be seen with the dark background.

  19. I like the dark version but it’s a close call. Have fun with whichever you chose

  20. spierssusan says:

    I am drawn to the darker background, but both versions are very interesting! Thank you, Susan

  21. jayne says:

    I’m leaning towards the lighter background! It’s a winner either way!

  22. Noreen says:

    I like the light background! It’s different than you usually see.

  23. Absolutely, the dark background, because it has such attention catching oomph! The light background version looks wishy-washy to me.

  24. I love the dark version of Push Pull, and your review of the book really intrigued me. I’m glad you found inspiration to complete your design!

  25. Cathryn Hepburn says:

    I like the light background with the huge open space in the upper right. I’d love to see what you do with it.

  26. “negative space” and “low volume” are two concepts in modern quilting that are new to me. I’m starting to get the sense that negative space is what I used to call ‘quilting opportunities’!

  27. The quilting still terrifies me – having a small machine but I plan to do more experimenting with minimalist quilts in the futre. What fun that you two met and share so much in terms of aesthetics.

  28. I’ve been intrigued hearing about this book! Thanks for the chance to win…

  29. Missed adding – I like the darker version of PushPull but both are great!

  30. Kathryn Laposata says:

    I like the dark background. Love orange.

  31. Laura M says:

    I prefer the dark background push-pull.

  32. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    The dark coral is an eye catcher for me.

  33. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    I like the darker version.

  34. I like the last picture the best. But that’s the best part of pattern design I imagine, is seeing what choices other makers prefer.

  35. The one with the dark background is striking. I’m really intrigued to check out the book now. I haven’t done much with negative space, but I’ve really liked the couple of designs I made that incorporated it.

  36. Nancy Donovan says:

    I think the darker background is better. It gives the inside design a lot of movement.

  37. bewtjwgmailcom says:

    dark one is the one I like the best

  38. I like the direction you took Push Pull! I prefer the light background.

  39. Susan Stanton says:

    I like how you have played around with Push Pull. I like the dark background.

  40. Tami Von Zalez says:

    I entered the rafflecopter as Tami Aschenbrenner but my WordPress account is under my alias.
    I prefer the dark background in push/pull.

  41. I like the dark version best.

  42. Patty says:

    What a great design. I like the darker background.

  43. Pat says:

    The darker version

  44. Melody Lutz says:

    Yikes…from POW…to WOW!!! I lean to the DARK!

  45. Pamela Reim says:

    What a difference…the darker background sings to me the most!

  46. nhquilter says:

    I really like the light background!

  47. Well, I went back and forth a few times, so that tells you they’re both great! Think I like the darker version, and thank you (ha, that’s two new books this week!) for putting another book on my need-to-get list.

  48. Beautiful design! I like the lighter background.

  49. It’s amazing to see the transformation of your design.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)