Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Jigsaw Mystery Quilt Month Two

A long overdue update on the Jigsaw Mystery Quilt BOM.
Month Two has already gone out and you'll see below the block for that month.
Rotary cut and machine pieced - what could be easier.

 This is the EQ8 mock up of the block - a Broken Wheel centre block with
flying geese on three sides.

There are some great ones appearing on IG...

@michelesheldon above
@suestopfinish above
And this is my version...
And I thought you'd like to see a few from Month One...
Francoise chose ric rac for her flower stems - great idea!

@nls404 has chosen a lovely retro feature fabric - a skirt in a previous life I believe.

This is @missquested's version with that fabulous text background

And @louise.stuart5 has the perfect background for all those brights!
If you're inspired to join the Mystery after seeing all these great blocks
and it's  nearly time for Month Three to be up in my etsy shop

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jigsaw Mystery Quilt BOM

Have you ever made a mystery quilt? Want to start one with me?
I have a Block of the Month Mystery Quilt available now from my Etsy shop.
There will be 18 different blocks in the quilt, using lots of different techniques
The mystery runs over 12 months and you can join any time
Download each month from my Etsy shop
Months 1, 2, 4, 10, 11 & 12 will cost $5/download
Months 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 will cost $8/download - these months have 2
and sometimes 3 blocks to make in the month
Month one block below

If you intend to participate in the 12-month mystery quilt
you will need to set your colourway first. 

·       You will need a large print, colourful fabric at least 74” x 15” (1.9m long x 40cms wide).
Be adventurous – the more colours in your fabric strip,
the more choices you have for your mystery blocks!
·       Each month’s instructions will contain fabric requirements for that month. You can work your stash, using fabrics that will coordinate with your large print

The first month of this Jigsaw BOM will be listed for purchase in my Etsy shop at after 1 August 2018, for a fee of $5.
This will be an instant download which you save to your computer
and then print off.
It will contain instructions and templates for the applique block shown above.
Each subsequent month – there will be 12 of them in total – will be released on or around the first of each month thereafter and will be available at to download and print off.
The last month will be released in June 2019.
Most months will cost $5/download. However, some months will contain two or even three blocks with instructions and templates or foundations. The fee for these will be $8/download.

And here is my first month's block
I do hope you can join me on this journey!
Pics will be posted on my IG - @patchworkfun and FB page - Chris Jurd
with the tag #jigsawmysteryquilt

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Around the world!

How exciting is it that my patterns have been selling well in Canada lately through Purple Katz quilting in Edmonton!
Brett in the pic below bought and made my Emperors Wheel pattern quite a while ago then offered to pattern test my Road Trip quilt. How could I refuse!
I must say he did a fab job and picked up a few bloopers!
Here he is with his Tula version.
And here he is with Tula herself after she signed the quilt label for him!

These are a few of the Emperors Wheel quilts from a class he taught at Purple Katz Quilting
for Tracy. Great work! And such Tula fans!

Check out this quilting!
 This is from their display at a recent quilt show - front and centre!

I travelled to Ballina just before Easter for two days with Ballina Quilters.
Thanks to Sharon for recommending me! Had a great time  with Pickled Fish and New York Beauty blocks happening in the great big rec room.

 Thanks Girls for a fun time.

This masterpiece is called Colourful Retina by Sugy Kim a Victorian quilter. It's just been awarded the Bernina Best of Australia award and I helped judge it to first place
last year at Vic Quilters annual show.
What a stunning quilt and Sugy is such a lovely girl. So well deserved.

Last of all a beautiful family wedding last weekend! Love to Tess and Jeff.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Back into it!

Some recent class action...
 Susan's fabulous East of New York based on my NYB pattern. Indigos and terracotta - perfect!
And it's her first time entry in Sydney Quilt Show in June.
Moyra has been on this Sue Cody Tree of Life for quite a while but it was certainly worth it.
She's now an applique expert!

And Patrya has taken her Lots of Dots to another level with that scalloped border.
Why didn't I think of that!

 I had two workshops with Eastwood Quilters recently. Day one was a Basic mariners compass and most girls finished with great results. Can't wait to see what they turn into.
 Day two was the Pickled Fish block. Not a quick project but they all look great!
This is a collage of Stephanie's from Hobbysew Top Ryde class.

One other hat I wear is a committee member of QuiltNSW and as such I helped organise our Away Meeting last weekend in the Blue Mountains. We had the wonderful Jenny Kee as our guest speaker and she was fabulous! Rachaeldaisy demonstrated her quilting techniques and there was also a workshop with Margaret Sampson George.
It was a BIG weekend for all the committee but so worth it - we had an amazing 117 quilters
at the meeting - a record number since 1999.

 Working hard at Marg's workshop.

Lastly, Sydney Quilt Show entries have now closed and it's nearly  time
to get that label and a sleeve on your quilt!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Houston 2018

And I'm off again!
Why don't you join me in October this year for another visit to the US and all things quilty.
Sponsored by Travelrite and Quilters Companion magazine.
We spend just under two weeks in the Midwest visiting among others, the Amish in Shipshewana,
Missouri Star Quilt Co in Hamilton and time in Chicago.
PLUS we've squeezed in a visit to Angela Walters' quilting studio!
And to top it off we end up in Houston for this years International Quilt Festival.
It sounds like a long way away but time flies and you'll be on that plane in no time.
So give Travelrite a call and get the detailed itinerary - I'd love you to join me in a fab quilting adventure!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Lots has happened since I came home from Houston in November...
At our last QuiltNSW meeting for 2017 our raffle quilt for the 2018 show was revealed.
A gorgeous reproduction of the antique Australian Frederica Josephson quilt made by the Quilt Study Group. A cornucopia of fabrics with different pieced hexagons. You must come to the show in June and see it in  the flesh!

And suddenly it was Xmas!
Such a funny family day. Little Harper got a karaoke set and we gave it a workout. Hilarious!
The trifle was pretty good too!

Lots of pool and beach days - it's been such a stinker of a summer around Sydney.
The grandkids love the water and are swimming so well for littlies. 

A recent highlight was the launching of the Blue Mountains Quilters group.
We had our first get together at Lawson with over 60 attendees!

Its a quilting group for anyone interested, not just Blue Mountains residents. We meet on the first Saturday of each month at Lawson Community Centre. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up with all the latest news.

And I've had some sewing time too. A recent finish - the poinsettia block and some more adventurous free-form curves.

I also have a project in the latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine, #89. Rising Sun is a great scrap buster and the blocks are a whopping 23" square so you'll get a big quilt quickly.
Go check it out.

I added some ric rac to the binding for a bit of interest.

This is my goal this year. Harper turns 6 in May and I think we'll have some fun with these!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Houston tour

I had the privilege to lead a tour of 35 quilters to the US, ending up at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. And boy what a trip it was!
On the long haul to get there we spent a while in Denver airport - these signs are on every bathroom.

Then to Missouri where we had two days at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton. The town is pretty much quilt shops all owned and run by the Doan family. Lots of shopping and mailing home from the girls!

A chance visit to the Pony Express Museum - really interesting place if you're ever in St Joseph.
Chillicothe for murals and antique stores and a quilt shop visit in Cameron. There were lots of those on the tour!

One night in our hotel was a sit-and-sew to complete the project I gave the girls. A nice little thread catcher basket made with pentagons.

Next stop, Chicago. Wow what a city! Freezing cold but that didn't stop us. City tour, Frank Lloyd Wright's house and a visit to the Modern Quilt Studio of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. Fantastic display of their quilts and a bit of shopping too! Plus a visit to the 96th floor of the Hancock building.

A definite change in temp when we got to Houston - hot and steamy. We were a 10 minute walk from the Convention centre but these bike things were very popular.

Art around the city

We stayed at the Magnolia Hotel - great place

I had time to do a class with Jane Sassaman. Lots of ideas for future projects.

 With nearly 500 shops there was a lot of variety and some pretty good displays

Two days at the show and we were of to the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. These  murals are on the side of the building in a lovely garden setting.

Houston is a big city with lots of homeless people around. We were there for the Astros' win of the baseball World Series and the city went crazy for two days. Partying and a big parade that gridlocked the streets for hours.

Farewell dinner then home - here is our tour manager Lyn on the left and Helen from Michelle Marvig's group on the right.
Goodbye Houston and the Magnolia - we had a blast!