Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pics from a few recent classes to start...
Sue's getting there with her String Stars top. The grey border sets the centre off perfectly.

And Christine has started binding her Dots blocks. All the same stripe will look fab.

I had a QuiltNSW workshop at Hazelhurst Gallery where ten eager students stated on the Strippy Sampler. Great results over two Sundays and what a nice venue.

Springwood Quilt Show committee had a lovely lunch at Bygone Beautys in Leura recently to hand over a cheque for $10K to our local RFS. Proceeds from our quilt show in April. A great effort by all involved in the show!

Here's the carpet in the restaurant which also houses a massive collection of teapots and tea paraphernalia. Amazing!

More students' work - Dale's Emperors Wheel just needing a couple of borders.

And Lisa has made a start on Snowball Circle which is such a good quilt to showcase large prints and fussy cutting.

Then it was off to Belinda's Thelma's Cottage in Orange for a day playing with old linen.
Bring your tablecloth of serviette and fill in all those blank spaces. Diamonds, hexies, dresdens - you name it we had it.

Plus some broderie perse - this was from a beautiful piece of vintage fabric that had that Liberty look.
Modern hexies...

... to more traditional ones. Gorgeous!

And I even snuck in some sewing time for myself. A new project from an old block...
And some FMQ'ing on a table centre.

Only 5 weeks til Symposium on New Zealand and 7 weeks til we head off to the US and Houston. Hope it's all dry by then!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Snake Gully and beyond

July was a busy month for me on all fronts...
My annual visit to Snake Gully in Muswellbrook produced lots of great work like Judy's Pickled Lillies above and a compilation of workshops on Mariners Madness and Strippy Sampler below.

At Sew Can I this month Robyn finished her String Stars top - Cat Woman I say!
Trish at Hobbysew Kings Park brought in her Square Dance top - a couple of the corner blocks looking fab.

And Wendy has taken her time with African Queen but it looks amazing. The border fabric is perfect.
 The centre for Sue's Broken Arrow is so soft and calming. Can't wait to see what comes next.

I had the privilege to help judge Victorian Quilters Showcase entries this year. Along with Wendy Wyth and Karen Mersiades from Qld we had no hesitation awarding this Colourful Retina BOS. Made by Sugy Kim, it's hand and machine pieced and hand quilted. It was more amazing in real life and it will be travelling Australia as the Best of the States for Bernina. Don't miss it if you get the chance - it's superb.
I'm not often asked to talk to groups but this month I had three different occasions to perfect my public speaking skills. First was Camden Country Quilt Guild then Cherrybrook Quilters. These were both such friendly and welcoming groups I felt right at home instantly. Finally a presentation to the Quilt Study Group which functions under the umbrella of Quilt NSW.
They have great meeting rooms in the Rocks and I'll definitely be attending them more often.
My talk was on foundation piecing and except for a tech glitch with the projector I think it went well.
Everyone loves to see quilts don't they!


And in my spare time I've been working on these. More to come!
And I've added a few engagement for next year on the left side bar if you're in the area.

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.