Sylvia Schaefer is an author, 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 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, 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 also appeared on camera in Fresh Quilting and Patchwork Nation. Her first book, The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook, published in 2019, is a guide to designing modern quilts using traditional quilt blocks.