Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sydney Quilt Show

Still recovering from this years Sydney Quilt Show! First up was two days at the judging of 400 quilts - a massive effort from all the volunteers. Then on to four days of the show.
I was thrilled to receive a 2nd place for my Road Trip quilt. Thanks to sponsor 2 Green Zebras for my prize. 

If that wasn't enough excitement our Springwood raffle quilt won a 3rd prize. Thank you Charles Parsons and Victorian Textiles. 

My other entry was Fish Pond. No prize here but nice to see it hanging. 

There were a couple of entries using my patterns. Pam Westmacott's Deco Lamp. Love that quilting. 

Diane Nilon's Scrappy Windmills looked great. 

And here's Robin Allan's version of Jacobean Star. She quilts her own on a long arm. Beautiful.
I met so many friends at the show and not just because I was on the Membership Desk for three days! It was lovely to catch up with Wendy Welsh, an IG pal from NZ.
A busy month ahead for me with three speaking engagements - not my usual thing but I'm sure I'll cope.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Coming up

On Saturday the 29thJuly at The Glover Cottages 124 Kent St in the Rocks I'll be giving a talk for the Quilt Study Group all about my favourite technique, foundation piecing. This is from their program:
"Inspiring quilt teacher, pattern designer and quilt maker from the Blue Mountains, Chris Jurd, will talk about Foundation Piecing and show us how her favourite technique figures in her work. Come along to pick up lots of tips and see some of her gorgeous quilts."
It's open to QuiltNSW members $5 fee and visitors $10 and includes afternoon tea. Too cheap!
It all kicks off at 2pm so please come along and bring your friends - I need an audience!
Also put in your diary the Misty Mountains Getaway held every year in Dorrigo.
I'm teaching three projects over four days 23-26 September and there are lots of other tutors on at the same time.
You can join me for  one day of piecing traditional blocks in a non-traditional manner - it's called Cut Loose as is a lot of fun. No rules - anything goes!

Another one day class is String Stars. Start on some big 20" string-pieced stars.

And the two day class is Strippy Sampler where you'll learn a different technique in each strip.
See the link above for all the details.

After all this action I'm off to Symposium in NZ then my Travelrite tour to Houston, but more about that later!

Monday, May 8, 2017


The longer I leave posting the longer I leave posting!
An assortment of two months' activity including this self portrait. It says a lot about me!

I was the judge of the Patchwork and Quilting section at this years Royal Easter show in Sydney. An interesting exercise but unfortunately not that many entries. 
With a couple of helpers I've been making quilts for Leutenegger fabric company. The ranges will be released at Quilt Market this month and it was a buzz to be working with all the different styles. 
Emperors wheel from Robyn at Sew can I in Werrington. 
On IG there's quite a collection of pics of Pickled Fish blocks. This one was picked up by QC mag. 
A table runner for Leutenegger using lovely shot chambrays. 
Sue's Broken arrow centre from class recently. Should have cropped the feet!
Val's Scrap happy looking very happy!

And then there was Springwood quilt show. Lots and lots of hard work by a few with wonderful help from our regular volunteers. 
My stall at the show. Meeting up with lots of friends and new acquaintances was a highlight of the show. This was,our 12th year!
These are my April babies. Two on 26th and lovely Alicia on 27th. Always in the middle of the quilt show but we do our best to celebrate. 
Another judging gig. This time at Eastwood quilt show. Amazing work from all entries and I was in illustrious company. With Amanda Daly and Kathy Doughty enjoying a break between categories. 
And this was my reward for a very hectic couple of months.  Not looking forward to going home to the cold! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Missing in action

I must apologise for not one post in February! With Instagram and Facebook the poor blog is neglected lately. Let's catch up now.
I had a recent workshop at The Crafty Hive at Loftus. I wasn't even aware of the shop til Angela contacted me but what a treat! It's  really three shops in one - wool, haby and fabric. This was a surprise show and tell. You Little Beauty looking fab. The girls are working their way  thru Lots of Dots.
Lisa has made two versions of African Queen below and don't you love that border fabric. 

Jess' wonky curves from Summer School are ready for quilting. Can't wait to see what she does. 

And Alison from the isle of Geurnsey is working her way thru Pickled Fish. Wow! There's a collection of them on Instagram if you're interested. Just search for #pickledfishquilt

Our Springwood Quilt show has a great write up in the QuiltNSW Template newsletter. Thanks so much and we hope to see lots of visitors. Check the show blog for details. 

QuiltNSW recently held a Sew-in with around 20 interested members coming along. Susan gave us a demo on rope bowls and I did a short one on big stitch hand quilting. It was such a good day with a real buzz in the room. Next one is at The Armoury at Homebush. Can't wait!

On the design wall in class this week was Vivians reproduction Dutch quilt. An exercise in borders made to fit that preprinted centre panel. 

I'm following a month of different posts on Instagram and one was "where it all happens". This is my at-home classroom where some of us have met for the last 16 years! I find that so hard to believe. 
The bottom one is my sewing room in the house. Lots of natural light and a big table for pinning etc. 

Among other happenings I attended the Quilt Australia conference in Sydney and I was a spotter. That entailed spotting delegates who wished to speak and noting who's first etc. A very interesting day with guilds from each state and territory attending. 

Once again don't forget our Springwood Quilt Show last weekend in April. You'll see so many amazing quilts and Anne Sommerlad as our featured quilter. Not to mention 10 shops for some retail therapy and a great cafe. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

A new year.

And so it begins all over again. Another year of classes and seeing amazing quilts. Have I ever said I love my job!
Over the Xmas break I finished three quilt tops ready for eager students this year. One is above, part of one below and one is at the quilters already. 

And there were two days at Summer School at Hobbysew to keep the brain cells working. 

Wonky cut circles and a new take on my All at Sea pattern - blocks set straight on with not-pieced sashing. Different styles but all looked great. 

Margaret had hers completely finished in the two days! Well done that girl. 

There was even time for a QuiltNSW pop up sewing day at Material Obsession. Great fun catching up with friends and surrounded by all that fabric. There's another one for Guild members coming up on Monday April 10 at Quiltsmith in Annandale. Come along - it's a fun day out!

Then it was Straya Day! Hope you all had a fab day. Mine involved a sausage sizzle and beer. Good stuff!

In all the disgusting 40+deg heat we've had this is what happens at daycare! Lucky ducks 😂😂😂

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Creative Construction NZ

The programme for NZ National Quilting Symposium is out now.
With over 60 NZ and International tutors there is a class for everyone. I'm really excited to be amongst the faculty who'll be teaching in Christchurch, 6-10 October 2017.
The registration book was posted out this week and the full listing of classes is now available online. Register for Symposium now so as to secure the lowest possible registration number and to optimise your chances of being allocated your preferred classes and events.
The closing date for priority workshop bookings is 28 February 2017. 

You can read my bio on page 98 of the programme and see my list of classes.

First up will be three days of Strippy Sampler using a different technique in each strip.
Make fabric, piece strata, cut and sew freehand curves and tackle some foundation piecing. This quilt has it all.

Then a one day class to make this Pickled Fish block. You'll explore foundation piecing, curved seams, colour and value tips.

And lastly, a one day class for Snowball Circle - big blocks made using freezer paper templates, with curved piecing and colour and value hints thrown in.
I'd love to see you in Christchurch next year, a city undergoing a massive rebuild after the earthquake in 2011.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wanna come to Houston next year?

With me? Yes that's right - I'm co-hosting a Travelrite tour to the US in October next year with Michelle Marvig! I can hardly believe it, let me tell you.
18 days of quilty delights, culminating in four days at IQF in Houston where we'll meet up with Michelle's group of Aussie quilters.

I can email you a detailed itinerary or I'll have some brochures in the next week to post out so contact me if you're interested. It should be an amazing trip and I'm so honoured to have been asked along.